Closer Report (Jul. 7th)

Octavio Dotel Pirates

Dotel is a man on a mission.

This was a big week for the A-group. With just three players making the cut, they account for 14 saves.

Even with that excitement, Carlos Marmol makes the list for me, his K:BB ratio is now at 77:27 after an impressive 11 K’s for the week. At this pace he could easily finish in the top-20 K’s…and he is only asked to pitch one inning on most occasions!

Grade A

Joakim Soria (Royals): Soria went a ridiculous 5-for-5 for the week, and now leads the league with 24 saves. For the week, Soria struck six out while walking only two.

Rafael Soriano (Rays): Soriano was just as sensational as Soria adding five saves for the week (5-for-5) and now has 23 on the season. He adds a 1.65 ERA to his incredible stat line.

Octavio Dotel (Pirates): As Dotel was not quite as impressive as the previously mentioned; he recorded four more saves to his season total. His ERA on the season drops to 4.28 and he now has a 41:17 K-to-walk ratio.

Grade B

Francisco Cordero (Reds): Cordero was 3-for-3 in SVO for the week, allowing just two hits and two walks. He is now tied for lead in the NL with 23 saves. His ERA falls to 3.92 on the year after the stellar week.

Carlos Marmol (Cubs): As stated the Marmol K watch is now at 77 after 11 K’s for the week. Not as impressive, he went 2-for-2 in SVO in 5 IP and did manage to give two more free passes.

Heath Bell (Padres): The recent All Star addition went 2-for-2 during the week and added six K’s. His strikeout-to-walk ratio now sits at 49:14 for the season.

Billy Wagner (Braves): This is the first person on the list to have blown a save in the past week (3-for-4) but he allowed just one earned (home run). Wagner has 53 K’s on the year and is 18-for-21 in SVO for 2010.

Grade C

Andrew Bailey (Athletics): He didn’t do anything wrong, he just didn’t do anything great. Bailey went 2-for-2 in SVO for the week and allowed just one hit.

Mariano Rivera (Yankees): Rivera went 2-for-3 during the week while striking three batters out. He is now 19-for-21 in SVO and adds 32 strikeouts on the season.

Matt Thornton (White Sox): While closer Bobby Jenks was out for a couple of days (Family Emergency List) Matt Thornton filled it nicely. He went 2-for-2 with four K’s last week. He is now 5-for-7 on the year.

Grade D

Francisco Rodriguez (Mets): It isn’t very often someone records three saves and receives a D. However, if you give up three runs and your competition is tough, anything is possible.

Leo Nunez (Marlins): Nunez seems to be great one week, and off the next. He went 2-for-3 this past week and allowed two runs in two IP.

Briand Fuentes (Angels): Fuentes was 1-for-2 in SVO and allowed a hit and fanned just one. It may be a bit of skepticism on my end, but I am just looking out for the reader. Fuentes is the riskiest closer in the league!

Jon Rauch (Twins): 2-for-3 for the week this week just doesn’t cut it. Moreover, allowing five hits and one earned hurts your chances even more. Rauch has now allowed 34 hits in just 33 IP for the season.

Grade F

Neftali Feliz (Rangers): I didn’t want to do this, because if you have read this article before you know that I am a big supporter of Feliz. He even went 2-for-2 for the week and whiffed three batters. However, he allowed two earned, and that just isn’t good enough in my book for the youngster.

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