Closer Report (September 9th)

Will Lidge help the Phillies' hopes of winning the NL East?

We all could use some fantasy baseball advice, and the fantasy baseball closer report is just the type you need. More than just fantasy baseball closer rankings, this report can help you on the waiver wire as well. Make sure you check in regularly to stay on top of your closer and your opponents. You wouldn’t want to lose an opportunity to reach the playoffs because your opponents know what’s going on more than you, would you?

A

Carlos Marmol (Cubs): Marmol is back to his untouchable self. The Cubbies closer struck out seven batters in his 4.1 innings this past week. With Marmol’s ability to strike out batters at a rapid pace, comes his downside of walking too many batters as well. This week he walked four, but only allowed one hit. A 1.15 WHIP isn’t terrible, and it is acceptable with the added statistics.

Brian Wilson (Giants): Just when the Giants thought they were out, they got a miracle losing streak from the Padres. Now the Giants find themselves only a game back in the race for the NL West. The Giants received a great performance from their closer this week after some spotty performances from him in previous weeks. Wilson was perfect in his four save opportunities without allowing a run and keeping his WHIP under 1.00.

Chris Perez (Indians): Not the best fantasy baseball option, Perez didn’t allow a run, walk or hit in his three save opportunities. Perez also struck out four on his way to picking up three saves.

Brad Lidge (Phillies): The Phillies have taken the lead in the NL Central with their bats, and some help from the Braves. Lidge has given the Phillies all the help they needed this past week too. Striking out six batters in his four innings on the mound, Lidge picked up three saves without allowing a single run.

Joel Hanrahan (Pirates): Hanrahan looked a lot like his fellow NL Central bottom dwelling closer this week (Marmol from the Cubs, if you weren’t sure). Hanrahan struck out 7 batters this week while picking up two saves. The Pirates closer ended the week with a 0.00 ERA and a WHIP under 1.00. This was a near perfect week for this fantasy baseball closer.

B

Brandon Lyon (Astros): This is the second week in a row that the Lyon had a good showing. Lyon picked up another three saves without allowing a single run. His 0.67 WHIP, off of only two hits, was also fantastic. Lyon doesn’t get the A this week, only because he amassed only two strike outs in his three innings.

Huston Street (Rockies): Street was very solid this past week, picking up three saves in his four innings. Street had a strong outing as well, striking out four batters.

C

Matt Capps (Twins): The Twins are still wishing they had more to show for their trade to pick up Matt Capps from the Nationals. Although Capps did help the Twins by picking up three saves this past week, he didn’t do it without giving the Twins some anxiety. Capps allowed five hits and one earned run in his four innings pitched.

Hisanori Takahashi (Mets): It’s hard to follow up K-Rod, even if he wasn’t living up to his usual expectations. Takahashi didn’t make any big mistakes, but he didn’t do anything to garner more than just a passing grade either.

D

Koji Uehara (Orioles): Since taking over for closing role for one of the worst teams in baseball, it hasn’t been easy for Uehara. It might not have been all Alfredo Simon’s fault in previous experiences, as Uehara ended this past week with a 6.00 ERA.

Ryan Franklin (Cardinals): Franklin is looking like Brian Wilson only a week or two ago. Franklin managed two saves this week, but not before accumulating a 4.50 ERA. Franklin isn’t the guy you want in your everyday lineup right now.

F

Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox): Papelbon looked awful this week, not only blowing a save but picking up a loss in the same week. Sure, Pap picked up five K’s, but allowing four runs in only 3.1 innings pitched brought his weekly ERA up over ten. Papelbon is still worthy of starting every game because he has the skill, he just didn’t have it this week.

Fernando Rodney (Angels): Rodney also ended the week with a loss to his record. Rodney was only on the mound for three innings but gave up five hits and ended the fantasy baseball week with an ERA of six.

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