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Fantasy Baseball: Closing Arguments
Welcome to Closing Arguments, where we will break down closers and highlighting possible relief pitching help for your fantasy baseball teams. Bullpen situations can change rapidly, and twitter is really the fastest source of information. That being said, those situations typical happen because no player is standing out from the others. I will help players of any format, short mixed league, deep mixed league, and NL/AL-only leagues. Let’s get down to business.
First off, here is a list of the current MLB closers as listed by their teams on MLB.com. I find the mothership’s website is underused by us fantasy baseball owners. Make sure you check out the team pages from time to time. I have definitely profited from doing so. How do you see this? Click on a team page, then roster, and finally select depth chart from the drop down menu. Of course, there is no need because your pal Matt has already done so.
|New York Yankees||Aroldis Chapman|
|Tampa Bay||Alex Colome|
|Chicago White Sox||David Robertson|
|Kansas City||Kelvin Herrera|
|Los Angeles Angeles||Cameron Bedrosian (not official CL)|
|Oakland||Ryan Madson (not official CL)|
|New York Mets||Addison Reed (while Familia is SUSP)|
|Chicago Cubs||Wade Davis|
|Cincinnati||Raisel Iglesias (not official CL)|
|St. Louis||Seung Hwan Oh|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Kenley Jansen|
|San Diego||Brandon Maurer|
|San Francisco||Mark Melancon|
I expect around five of the above listed closers to change in next week or so. The Phillies and Reds closing situations may continue to be volatile all season.
Help on the Wire
Often the more fantasy valuable relief pitcher is not the listed closer. A classic example of this is Andrew Miller for Cleveland. His manager is willing to use him often, and in critical situations as opposed to a closer pitching the ninth inning against the opponent’s bottom three hitters.
|Closer in waiting||Dellin Betances NYY|
|Great stuff (high k/9)||Adam Ottavino Col|
|Swing Man (or 6th Starter)||Mike Montgomery Cubs|
There is usually overlap with a strong reliever being one with great stuff and is also second in line for saves. That is true for Betances, Ottavino, and several others. Those of you in only leagues probably can’t pick up any of the pitchers listed above. High leverage (#drink) pitchers don’t float around on the waiver wire too long in those leagues. Here are few names you may to add to your relief pitching squad in deep leagues. These gentlemen have played late in games over the past several days and gotten some strikeouts along the way. It sounds simple because it is. Sure you should do some more research, but this is a good start.
- Tommy Kahnle – White Sox
- Blake Parker – Angels
- Chris Devenski – Astros
- Jose Torres – Padres
- Felipe Rivero – Pirates
- Michael Lorenzen – Reds
As always, it depends on your specific team needs. If you are trying to lower your ratios you may want a different player compared to a team trying to find a future closer for saves. Good luck on the waiver wire. Let’s meet back here next week, for another edition of Closing Arguments.