Since our last report there have been some changes in the bullpen for a few teams. One of the season’s best closers has moved on, some have been relegated to setup men, and there are even a few fresh faces closing out games. Are those dominant closers still dominant with their new teams? How are the new setup men affecting their closers?
There is only one way to find out, by reading this week’s Closer Report! Check and see how your closer matched up this week. Don’t let your fantasy team slip by continuing to start Octavio Dotel, when you should’ve dropped him for Joel Hanrahan.
Francisco Rodriguez (Mets): Although he only recorded two saves this week, K-Rod sits atop this week’s list. The enigmatic righty picked up a win as well and if owners add those numbers to a 0.00 ERA and WHIP and it is easy to understand why he is this weeks best.
Chris Perez (Indians): Perez was a perfect 3-3 in his save appearances this past week. Perez allowed one walk and struck out two. Three saves and a 0.00 ERA for the week are stats I would take any day.
Joakim Soria (Royals): Soria also notched three saves for his team and owners reaped the benefits. Soria stroke out two in his four innings pitched.
Rafael Soriano (Rays): Soriano had three saves this week and only allowed only two hits in those appearances. Soriano was one Robinson Cano homer away from receiving an A this week. Against the Yankees in a tie game, Soriano gave up a solo shot to receive a loss this week.
Matt Capps (Twins): One of the season’s biggest surprises, Capps, was traded to the Minnesota Twins for some prospects in the hopes he could help the Twins overtake the White Sox in the AL Central. Capps has recorded a ton of saves this year, but also surrendered too many hits. Nothing changed this week as Capps recorded two saves and struck out four, but carried a 1.64 WHIP.
Bobby Jenks (White Sox): Jenks went 2-2 in his save appearances, striking out two. There wasn’t anything too crazy about Jenks’ week, except for the fact he didn’t blow anything, so Jenks will settle for a B.
Michael Wuertz (Athletics): Wuertz only recorded one save this week, but struck out five batters in his 2.1 innings. This was a great sign for Athletics’ fans after a disastrous week for him last week.
Joel Hanrahan (Pirates): The former Pittsburgh setup man continued his streak of great pitching this past week, striking out seven batters in only three innings pitched. Unfortunately for Hanrahan, he plays for the Pirates and thus will not be in position to record many saves (he had only one this past week).
Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox): Papelbon had a save and a win this week in his two innings, so why is he getting a C? Pap left the week with a 4.50 ERA, not good for any fantasy team.
Leo Nunez (Marlins): Nunez allowed five hits over the week and even allowed one run, yet still walked away with two saves and without out blowing any. Lucky.
Brad Lidge (Phillies): The 8.10 ERA (three earned) is pretty daunting over the past week, but in his defense he only allowed two hits in his 3.1 innings pitched.
Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers): Despite picking up Octavio Dotel as his new setup man, Broxton had a tough go of it this past week. In his only 1.1 innings pitched, Broxton allowed 3 hits and blew a save attempt.
Francisco Cordero (Reds): Cordero lost a game against the Braves after walking one and allowing two hits. A Jason Heyward homer showed how Cordero can struggle if he is hit early. Cordero did pick up two saves this past week and struck out three.
Jose Valverde (Tigers): Valverde had the worst week by far of any closer. Valverde only pitched 1.1 innings yet gave up four runs and seven hits. Valverde now has two consecutive game appearances where he has given up at least three earned runs.
Alfredo Simon (Orioles): When it rains, it pours for Orioles fans. Though Simon was able to record two saves, he did blow one attempt and gave up seven hits over his three innings pitched this past week, while only striking out one.
Huston Street (Rockies): Street couldn’t record a save in his three innings and even allowed three ER (9.00 ERA) in that span.