Is Francisco Rodriguez on your fantasy team? If so, you need the Closer Report more than ever. There were a few poor performances this week and you don’t want to pick up a closer that is going to continue his downward spiral on your squad. There wasn’t too much for any closer to brag about this week as our list of A students is down, and mediocrity is the word of the week.
Heath Bell (Padres): Bell helped the Padres stay on top of the division by picking up four saves in all of his opportunities. In his five innings, Bell allowed only one hit, no runs and struck out eight. Bell has been the best closer all season and this week was indicative of how he has helped the Padres stay numero uno.
Joakim Soria (Royals): Soria was also perfect in his three save opportunities this past week and allowed only three hits over four innings pitched.
Kevin Gregg (Blue Jays): Gregg had a stellar week, picking up two saves and a win in his three innings pitched. Along the way Gregg didn’t allow a single hit and struck out four.
Carlos Marmol (Cubs): Marmol didn’t quite get back to his super K-ing self, although he did strike out four in his 3.1 innings pitched. Marmol was able to pick up two saves in his good, but not great week.
John Axford (Brewers): Axford had a pretty good week, picking up two saves and only allowing two hits in 5.1 innings. Why didn’t Axford get an A for the week? His five walks over that span could be the culprit. He’s been excellent in his rookie season.
Brad Lidge (Phillies): Lidge didn’t allow a hit and didn’t walk anyone in his two innings pitched this week, and despite picking up two saves, it’s simply just not good enough to garner an A.
Rafael Soriano (Rays): See Brad Lidge (with one less strike out).
Francisco Cordero (Reds): Cordero was once a top closer, but the second half has been very unkind. Cordero allowed two hits, a run and three walks this past week. In his four innings pitched, however, Cordero was still able to pick up two saves and didn’t blow any opportunities.
Jose Valverde (Tigers): Five walks in 2.2 innings is a shame. Valverde allowed only one hit however, which balanced him out and gave him a passing grade.
Billy Wagner (Braves): An off week for the Braves’ closer as he picked up a win, but only notched one save and even blew an opportunity. Wagner gave up three hits in his two innings pitched.
David Aardsma (Mariners): Aardsma had a WHIP of 2.50 this past week and blew a save opportunity for a Mariners team that would love any win they can get.
Matt Capps (Twins): Capps couldn’t buy a strike out this past week, giving up seven hits and blowing a save opportunity in his five innings pitched.
Trevor Hoffman (Brewers): Hoffman is sharing closing duties with John Axford, although after this past week I can’t imagine why. Hoffman blew yet another one this week.
Hisanori Takahashi (Mets): In his first week as the Mets’ new closer, Takahashi had his bumps. Takahashi pitched 2.2 innings and left with a blown save opportunity and a loss added to his stats.
Francisco Rodriguez (Mets): One family feud, one injured finger, one surgery, and one season ended.
Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox): It’s not too often you see Papelbon’s name at the bottom of this list. But when you accumulate a 20.25 ERA over just a week, you’re destined for a failing grade.
Matt Lindstrom (Astros): Lindstrom has had some back issues and there is word that Brandon Lyon could be taking his spot as the closer. Lindstrom only pitched for 1/3 of an inning this week, but allowed three hits and two earned runs (54.00 ERA), crippling his owners.