Posts Tagged ‘closer’

Bottom of the Ninth: Introducing the BS Meter for @Razzball

Bottom of the Ninth: Introducing the BS Meter for Razzball: A historical look at blown saves and a run down of the closing positions for the White Sox, Cubs, Nationals, Indians, Orioles, Red Sox, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mets, Royals and more! It includes roto and fantasy baseball analysis.

Carlos Marmol: Fantasy Baseball Profile, the Closer you want in your corner for @TheFantasyFix

Carlos Marmol: 2012 Fantasy Baseball Profile, the Closer you want in your corner for The Fantasy Fix:

A look at how Marmol can provide the most fantasy baseball and roto value as a closer, making the Chicago Cubs reliever a true sleeper.

h2h Corner ~ the Closer Carousel

As Kevin Nealon said, “yeah, lot of pressure. You gotta rise above it. You gotta harness in the good energy, block out the bad. Harness. Energy. Block. Bad. Feel the flow, Happy. Feel it. It’s circular. It’s like a carousel. You pay the quarter, you get on the horse. It goes up and down and around. Circular. Circle. With the music. The flow… all good things.”

It is no different than with a majority of major league cl Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ An Impromptu Brewer Closer Carousel (UPDATED)

According to James Quintong, Ryan Doumit became only the second player to hit two HRs off of Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman in one season. The other was Dante Bichette.

Hoffman now has four blown saves in his last seven appearances. That conversion rate makes the Orioles bullpen look like Mariano Rivera.After yesterday’s blown save, Ken Macha gave Hoffman a vote of confidence. However, at some point (likely soon), the Brewers are going to give Hoffman a break from closing – either by a fake DL stint or some other means. Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ Jason Frasor Controls the Closer Carousel

Strike this is not all that surprising: Jason Frasor has been named the closer of the Blue Jays. There has been some speculation that Scott Downs or Kevin Gregg would take over duties or at least form the scariest three-headed closing hydra ever. But, alas, Cito Gaston has shown some intelligence and picked his best reliever (whether he should be used only in closing situations is a matter of another debate). Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ Nathan takes a ride on the closer carousel

I don’t think anyone would have bet that Joe Nathan would be the first closer to pay his quarter to ride the carousel. But Nathan is done for the year, and Roby Neyer does a good job elucidating on the Twins bull pen options. Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ The Cardinals Closer Carousel

The Cardinals closer situation is akin to the dreaded committee approach that Theo thought was such a good idea back in 2004.

While committees make real good sense in real baseball, they drive fantasy players crazy. I’m here to help. Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ Brad Ziegler, A’s closer

With news that Joey Devine, he of the 0.59 ERA last year, is headed to the DL and Dr. James Andrews, Brad Ziegler appears to be the next closer wire claim of the unborn season. In 59 innings last season, Ziegler struck out 30 batters (not great), but posted a 1.06 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.

With worse ratios than that, he could be a 30 save closer in 2009. He is certainly someone who can step right in for Joey Devine and perform. Don’t forget, last year Ziegler set a major league record for most consecutive scoreless innings to start a career.

There is the chance that major league batters caught up to his funky delivery slightly, as he posted a 3.00 ERA in September/October. Still, as a waiver wire pick-up, you should be jettisoning your Mariner’s closers, Fernando Rodney, Chris Ray, George Sherrill, Chris Perez, and J.J. Putz types. A 3.00 ERA closer is still a rosterable entity.