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March 27, 2014

Fantasy Freestyle

Three Murky Closer Situations

by Mauricio Rubio


Closers are the most fungible commodity in fantasy baseball. Predicting saves is a quixotic quest that frequently ends in heartbreak and confusion.

You don’t need to search long to find examples of how volatile the saves market can be. Kevin Gregg was a discarded reliever when the Cubs reached out for his services in the ultimate act of desperation. Carlos Marmol had imploded and their in house options were either hurt or ineffective. Gregg, who was unable to survive spring training with the Dodgers, ended up accruing 33 saves before being released in a much-publicized spat with management.

So if you have Chapman on the DL or you were just caught off guard ahead of a massive closer run and are in need of saves don’t fret. I’m here for you, friends.

Let’s take a look at three situations in which a closer could emerge from the shadows

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Nojsztat

I'd trust Axford more if he stayed in St. Louis. That said, they told him he was tipping his pitches in Milwaukee. If Axford can keep up the mechanical changes he made while a Cardinal, then maybe he can return to his former glory, as brief as it was.

Mar 27, 2014 09:04 AM
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BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
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I would too. I think he and Ubaldo Jimenez will end up being really interesting watches this year to see if their mechanics are drastically different from what they were when they got "fixed"

Mar 27, 2014 09:42 AM
 
mfreedom1

Thanks for the info, will put to good use in the closer hunt.

What about the CWS situation?

My money is on Lindstrom, not Jones. Thoughts?

Mar 27, 2014 11:56 AM
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BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
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I like Nate Jones, and I might be in the minority there. Lindstrom has a good arm but maybe not the miss the bat stuff I'd like to see out of a closer. Dunno, that situation has all sorts of layers.

Mar 27, 2014 11:58 AM
 
mfreedom1

Closer Experience (TM)

Apr 01, 2014 07:11 AM
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cedis81

How about the Sergio Santos/Casey Janssen situation in Toronto? I'm in a 16 team h2h league, and I have both Cody Allen and Santos. I don't know how much longer I can roster both of them. I'd like to use the remaining spot on either a lottery ticket like Mike Olt or a solid but unspectacular performer/streamer like a Brandon McCarthy or Daniel Nava type. Thanks

Mar 27, 2014 13:29 PM
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