In this week’s addition of the Closer Report, it is an unusually small list. There weren’t too many exciting finishes in baseball as of late and a list full of C students isn’t what we’re here to discuss. There are some fresh faces atop the list in this week’s edition; let’s have a look.
Brandon Lyon (Astros): The “Lyon” got out of his cage this week, striking out five batters in his four innings pitched. Not all of those appearances were save opportunities, however, but he did secure three saves this week.
Hong-Chih Kuo (Dodgers): It wasn’t anything crazy, but Kuo was perfect in his two save opportunities and didn’t allow a single hit or a walked batter. Kuo gets an A for performing so well under the hot lights in Hollywood.
David Aardsma (Mariners): It’s been a tough year for Aardsma and his owners as the Mariners have been downright atrocious at times to watch. The veteran certainly hasn’t helped himself much, however, and has failed to match his success of last season. Nevertheless, he got the job done this week and deserves to be recognized for his work.
Joakim Soria (Royals): Soria not only walked away from his three innings pitched with a save and a win, but he also tallied six strikeouts while letting up just one hit. This was a near perfect week for Soria and his owners.
Heath Bell (Padres): Bell stroke out four but wasn’t put in the position to record any saves or wins and in fantasy baseball, the stats are all that matter.
Chris Perez (Indians): Perez had 5 K’s, a save, and a win, yet finds himself shy of an A. Perez had a bit of trouble with his control and ended up walking four batters and let two record hits. A 1.64 WHIP keeps him from the top of the class.
Fernando Rodney (Angels): Rodney says he is a different pitcher when he’s the closer, but we’re still waiting to see that identity. It has only been a few days since Rodney became the official closer, but he did pick up a save and left the week with a 3.00 ERA.
Kevin Gregg (Blue Jays): Gregg was one of those pitchers that really didn’t do anything spectacular this week. He recorded two saves but gave up five hits in the process. Ho, hum.
Ryan Franklin (Cardinals): Usually it’s his rival Francisco Cordero that hurts the team, but the week Franklin helped usher the Reds into the postseason. He gave three runs in his three innings pitched (9.00 ERA).
Bobby Jenks (White Sox): Jenks was able to pick up a save this week but only struck, out one. The big man blew his only other opportunity and allowed three runs in the process.
Brian Wilson (Giants): The Giants’ chances of making the playoffs have been running out as of late thanks in part to Wilson’s most recent meltdown against the Rockies.
Jose Valverde (Tigers): Valverde blew a save in only against the Royals and only managed to record a single out. Then, being called upon in a non-save situation, he allowed three more ER.. His first-half dominance has fizzled out and he’s no more than a RP3 at this point.
Leo Nunez (Marlins): Nunez started the season so strong, but has been dropping in the fantasy rankings steadily since the start of the second half. This past week got even worse for Nunez and his owners. Nunez only saw 1.2 innings of action but got hammered by the opposing offenses for four earned runs.
Drew Storen (Nationals): Storen actually struck out five batters in his 3.1 innings pitched, but it was a disastrous week for the Nationals’ part-time closer. Storen gave up six hits and walked two batters as well. That gives Storen the second worst WHIP of any closer in the past week, and his six earned runs were the most allowed all week as well.