Posts Tagged ‘fantasy baseball strategy’

Closer Report (Jun. 9th)

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Bobby Jenks: "Finally!" Me: "But for how long?"

If you look at the A group, with the exception of Broxton, you will see a lot of old faces. With disregarding the ageless one, Mariano Rivera, I am sure most would have never expected to see the likes of Wagner, Jenks, and Lidge receiving an A for their relief efforts this year on any list. Fortunately for their teams, these closers performed at very high levels over the past week and jumped up to the top of the list. So whose place did they take?

Grade A

Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers): Broxton remains electric, over the last seven days the Dodgers closer struckout seven in four IP while allowing just three runners to reach base. He added two more saves to bump his season total up to 15. With the exceptional week, Broxton was able to lower his ERA to 0.99 and now has a 42:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year. He has given up just three-earned in 27.1 IP.

Bobby Jenks (White Sox): Well look who it is, after falling under the D or F grades for most of the year Mr. Jenks was able to finally put together a solid week. Jenks made good on both of his SVO and added five strikeouts in four IP. The Sox closer allowed just three hits and no walks, but still has an ERA of 5.14 on the season.

Billy Wagner (Braves): For the second week in a row the Braves closer has received an A, and deservingly so. Wagner gave up just one hit and struckout four. He did walk two but was able to work out of the minimal damage with ease. Wagner now has ten saves in 12 chances on the year, and 36 K’s in just over 23 IP. (more…)

Closer Report (Jun. 2nd)

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Think the Braves are enjoying their off-season investments?

The only way to measure a closer’s true success is by looking at their performance come year’s end. Since we don’t have the luxury of looking into the future, we measure a closer’s success on a weekly basis. For this reason, we may have players such as Billy Wagner at the top and as we saw last week, players even as great as Mariano Rivera at the bottom. No reliever is safe in this report, and an A grade will only be given to the week’s most outstanding performers.

Grade A

Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers): The Dodgers hard-throwing closer was able to record all three save chances while striking out six in 4.2 IP. After somewhat of a slow start, Broxton leads the league over the last month with 12 saves and has a 1.84 ERA over that span. For the season he is fourth in the National League with 13 saves. (more…)

Closer Report (May. 26th)

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

This may be the most feared reliever in the game right now!

Last week we had some new “young guns” showing their stuff with the veterans showing the kinks in their armor. This week we may have the newest member of the “unhittable” club steal the show, while one former phenom sits in the basement with a rough week. Where does your guy rank?

Grade A

Carlos Marmol (Cubs): The Cubs closer went a perfect 4-for-4 during the week in SVO and recorded eight strikeouts in just four IP. He has a ridiculous 46 K’s in just 23.2 IP on the season, and that’s still not as impressive as his 1.52 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. STUD!

Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers): Jonathan Broxton has been heating up as of late, which is partly due to his team giving him the opportunities to close games now. He went 3-for-3 in SVO and struck out six during the week. After his slow start he now has 10 saves and a 1.45 ERA. (more…)

Closer Report (May. 20th)

Friday, May 21st, 2010

This kid is going to be gold for his owners.

Being a closer in the Major League can be very stressful for a pitcher, this week we have some of the finest players to ever play the position receiving unlikely grades. With a couple of “falling legends” taking control of the bottom, we have some youngsters making their presence felt at the top.

Grade A

Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers): The only closer to record four saves (4-for-4) over the last week added four strikeouts while allowing just two to reach base in four IP. He looks to be right back on pace after a slow start, he has a 1.15 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 23 K’s over 15.2 IP. (more…)

Closer Report (May. 13th)

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

If you have Nunez you may want to consider him a sell-high candidate. Then again...

After looking at this past week’s success and failures, I think you will find that using an early pick on a “stud” closer could have been a waste. The “other” closers seem to be the ones picking up the slack this year. It is still early in the season, but if you look at the top saves guys I think you would be surprised.

Grade A

Leo Nunez (Marlins): With another below-average week from closers, Nunez was hands down the best. He went a perfect 3-for-3 in SVO and struck out five. Nunez only let one batter on base in three innings pitched, he has a 0.63 WHIP this year.

Octavio Dotel (Pirates): The Pirates closer struck out four while recording two saves and blowing none. He allowed just two people on base with one walk and one HBP. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh fans (if there are any) he is not one of the aforementioned late-round picks who are performing at a high level this year. He has a 7.43 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. (more…)