Closer situations are the story in fantasy baseball this week. Some pens are struggling, others are fighting injuries and some are getting healthy. Saves is one of the most unpredictable categories in fantasy baseball because of all the variables that occur. Here are some players that are looking at more save opportunities coming up in the future and should be an asset in your fantasy baseball lineup.
Matt Capps – RP – Minnesota Twins
Joe Nathan has pitched his way right out of the closers jobs in Minnesota. They have decided to use him in less pressure situations until he is back to his old self. While this doesn’t mean that Capps will be the closer for the remainder of the season, he will be for the foreseeable future. Capps has struggled in his last few outings, but was lights out before that and definitely has the stuff to be a top tier fantasy closer if given the opportunity.
Jon Rauch – RP – Toronto Blue Jays
Rauch has taken over the closer role for the Jays with Frank Francisco on the DL. He has posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP to go with 3 saves so far this season. He has pitched so well that there is talk in Toronto that he may keep the job even after Francisco returns if he keeps pitching this well. This is more of a wait and see type situation than Capps, but owners should feel free to grab him and use him if u need saves immediately.
Jason Motte – RP – St. Louis Cardinals
Ryan Franklin blew another save for the Cardinals on Sunday. While Motte doesn’t have the great second pitch you expect from a closer, he has proven to be effective the last few seasons. Look for Franklin to get a couple more chances to prove himself before he gives Motte a chance to win the job outright. Keep an eye on this one, but don’t make a move until the Cardinals have made a decision.
Jesse Crain – RP – Chicago White Sox
The Sox don’t even have any idea what they are doing about their closer situation. Getting swept this weekend didn’t really help anyone clear anything up either. Matt Thornton and Chris Sale have been getting hit all year. Sergio Santos is the only one that has not blown a save and Jesse Crain is the only one with good numbers on the year. I expect Crain of Santos to step forward, but with the Sox being careful with Santos’ young arm I see Crain getting the majority of the right handed save opportunities until Thornton or Sale can get their stuff straightened out.