Since the start of the year we have had very strict guidelines when it comes to a closer receiving an A on our list. With that said, this past week has been by far the best in regards to the closer position. It was such a productive week that there is only one person who is receiving an F, and he recorded six K’s in just three IP. How productive were your guys?
Neftali Feliz (Rangers): Not much to explain here, the kid continues to impress. Feliz went a perfect 4-for-4 while striking seven out and allowing just one hit in four IP. The young-gun leads the AL with 20 saves and has a 2.78 ERA.
Bobby Jenks (White Sox): Jenks is in the zone as they say and added three more saves this past week (3-for-3). His ERA is dropping dramatically as it is now just 4.33. The White Sox are playing very well right now and Jenks should get plenty more opportunities while the Sox are on their hot streak (seven straight).
David Aardsma (Mariners): Seattle’s pitching has been pretty good lately, and Aardsma has been one of the benefiters of this run. However, Aardsma does have to do his job and finish the game out when given the chance. This past week he recorded all three SVO and added four K’s while giving up just two hits.
Billy Wagner (Braves): Wagner received a win and was good on all three SVO. One can’t get much more than that from their Fantasy Closer. Wagner has been a fantasy gem this year with a 1.23 ERA, five wins, 14 saves and 43 K’s in 29.1 IP. If the Braves offense can keep producing, there is no doubt Wagner will be ready when his number is called.
Brian Wilson (Giants): Wilson is the last closer here on this list who received an A, but certainly not the least of the bunch. Wilson is tied for second in the majors with 20 saves after he added three more to his total (3-for-3) this past week. Wilson let just one runner reach base while striking out three.
Octavio Dotel (Pirates): With 35 K’s in just 27.2 IP, Dotel can certainly still get people out. Although he has a 5.20 ERA, the Pirates closer remains affective. Over the last seven days Dotel went 2-for-2 in SVO and fanned two. I would say 14 saves in 17 chances is pretty impressive while playing for Pittsburgh, no matter what his ERA is.
Kevin Gregg (Blue Jays): Nothing flashy or dramatic about Gregg’s week. He went a perfect 2-for-2 in SVO without allowing a runner to reach. Without striking a batter out, Gregg just did his job: plain and simple.
Jose Valverde (Tigers): As much as Gregg wasn’t flashy, Valverde was. He only got two batters out with the K, but every time this guy is on the mound he is worth watching. He went 2-for-2 in SVO for the week.
Francisco Rodriguez (Mets): Rodriguez continues to overpower hitters. He struckout four-of-five batters faced during the week and allowed just two base-runners. K-Rod was 2-for-2 in SVO and now has 16 saves this year and 46 K’s in 36 IP.
Leo Nunez (Marlins): Nunez didn’t do a ton wrong this week but because of the circumstances he is receiving just a C. He made good on both SVO and added two K’s. The downside of his week was the two hits and one walk he gave up in three IP. Still pretty solid.
Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox): The Red Sox closer went 2-for-2 in SVO during the week to raise his total to 16-of-17 on the season. Paps did however give up three hits and a run, but did strikeout three. He now has a 2.76 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP for the season.
Matt Capps (Nationals): Matt Capps continue to lead the league with 22 saves even thought he has given up 19 runs in only 33.1 IP. Capps is getting job done, so you have to give him credit. He recorded two more saves (2-for-2) last week and gave up two more runs in four IP.
Francisco Cordero (Reds): If it wasn’t for Cordero picking up a W in his BS (blown save) effort he certainly would have an F. However, he did and he added a save as well. Cordero raised his ERA to 4.11 but is still third in the NL in saves with 19.
Heath Bell (Padres): Bell is in the same boat as Cordero with the exception of his BS. With one save, a win and three K’s, Bell did enough to help his fantasy owners, however, three earned and four walks made them suffer. Even with the less than average week, the man’s ERA sits at just 2.12.
Brad Lidge (Phillies): This was the man I was speaking of (see intro.) and the sole member of the F group. Lidge blew a save (recorded one), gave up a HR, four hits, three earned and a walk. He had the worst week in my eyes, but I think he may be better than most would suspect in the future. Look for the Phillies and Lidge to turn it around soon.