We all could use some fantasy baseball advice every once in a while, and the MLB Closer Report is just the type you need. More than just closer rankings, this report can help you on the fantasy baseball waiver wire.
This week I offer some expert advice in which closers should be started and what closers may be available on your league’s waivers. Make sure you check in regularly to stay on top of your closers and some guys to look out for on the wire.
Andrew Bailey (Athletics): Bailey was throwing nasty stuff all week closing for the Athletics. Besides being perfect in his three save opportunities, Bailey was a monster on the mound. Bailey struck out six batters in his three innings pitched.
Clay Hensley (Marlins): Since taking over as the closer in Miami, Hensley hasn’t done anything too crazy. This week Hensley showed the ability his pitching staff believed he has. On his way to picking up three saves in his 4.1 innings pithed, Hensley allowed only one hit. Picking up three strike outs was a nice addition too.
Neftali Feliz (Rangers): Although the main stat line for a fantasy baseball closer is saves, and Feliz only picked up two in his four innings, Feliz is more than deserving of the A grade this week. Feliz was devastating on the mound, allowing only one hit and one walk. With that kind of control it makes his seven strike outs even more impressive.
Huston Street (Rockies): Everything I said about Feliz … ditto. Street struck out seven in only three innings, while picking up two saves and a win.
Juan Gutierrez (Diamondbacks): Gutierrez had a nice showing for his fantasy owners this week, notching two saves and four strike outs. The downside to his performance this week was the four hits he allowed.
Hisanori Takahashi (Mets): It was a very good week for Takahashi as he netted two saves and picked up his ninth win of the year. The only thing holding him back is his one strike out in four innings.
Billy Wagner (Braves): Wagner walked only one and struck out six in his 3.1 innings work this past week. The Braves have fallen back in the race for the NL East, and the lack of run prodcution has hurt Wagner’s save tally. Wagner picked up only one save this week.
Brandon Lyon (Astros): The past few weeks have been very good for Lyon, so it had to end sometime, right? Well even though Lyon allowed three runs in his four innings, and even though he has a blown save and loss to his name … he did pick up three saves on the week.
Heath Bell (Padres): It isn’t often that a closer tied for first in saves for the week drops to a C. Despite going another week without blowing a save, Bell did allow two earned runs. A decent week for Heath Bell owners, not very good either.
Koji Uehara (Orioles): In his 3.1 innings pitched, Uehara was very good in three of them. That .1 against the Yankees was pretty rough however. his only two hits and two earned runs notched Uehara a blown save and a loss on the stat sheet. Uehara did record four strike outs and two saves, however.
Mariano Rivera (Yankees): Rivera is normally one of the most reliable closers in all of fantasy baseball, but when you are battling it out for the AL East lead with a formidable foe like the Rays things will go awry. Rivera picked up a blown save and a loss to his name this week.
Rafael Soriano (Rays): Unlike Mo, Soriano is just now becoming one of the more reliable closers in baseball, but when you are battling it out for the AL East lead with a formidable foe like the Yankees things will go awry. Soriano has a blown save and a loss to his name this week. Weird, I just had deja vu.
Francisco Cordero (Reds): It has been a tough year for Cordero and his fantasy owners. One has to wonder how much longer the the Reds will keep paying Cordero’s $12 million salary (second highest on the team). Cordero allowed seven hits and five runs while blowing two saves and picking up a loss. Did I mention he did it all in only 2.1 innings?
Fernando Rodney (Angels): Rodney continues to struggle as the official closer for the Angels. In only 3.1 innings he allowed six hits and three earned runs. Rodney ended the week with two blown saves and an ERA over 8.00.