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May 19, 2014

Fantasy Freestyle

My Closer Lost His Job and Now I Hate Everybody

by Mike Gianella


Even if you play in only one fantasy baseball league, eventually you are going to suffer through a closer losing his job. Given the precious amount of capital we invest in closers, there is arguably nothing more frustrating than losing your closer to ineffectiveness.

We all share the same level of frustration when we lose a closer. However, there is always a temptation to rush into the breach and invest significant FAAB or a high-priority waiver claim on a closer. Is this the best course of action, or is it better to be more conservative and hope to get lucky?

Table 1: Non-Closers (Opening Day) Who Finished With 10+ Saves: 2011-2013

Year

Pitcher

Saves

AL/NL Price

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Karl Barth

Sometimes you just get lucky. We drafted Jenrry Mejia as a starter because he has a live arm and was in the rotation. We even got a couple of nice starts out of him. Now we find ourselves with the likely closer. Sure the Mets aren't winning gobs of games, but he's a free closer.

Once he's established in the role and if we don't need the extra saves, we may flip him for a better starter than he was.

May 19, 2014 05:16 AM
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MaineSkin

Mejia mechanics showed up in his CTL to much as a SP, but as a ninth inning option, he is a dynasty target now.
Per Cishek, Carter Capps looks really good. 2yrs ago in ST, I believe the AA PC stated Capps had the best arm in their system which included Walker, Paxten, etc...Marlins will have plenty of suitors for Cishek (Tigers?), so for keeper, dynasty and maybe a late season 5-10 SV play, Capps is my guy. He'll also be a high K closer which adds to the value in a huge park.

May 19, 2014 10:26 AM
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earlweaver

Let me summarize Jim Johnson's season for all Jim Johnson owners:

1. 9th. 0-0 game, gives up 2 runs.
2. 9th, up 1, gives up 3 runs and loses (ONLY BLOWN SAVE)
3. 8th, down 1, 1IP, 0ER.
4. 9th, up 3, SV OP, 1IP, 0ER SAVE
5. 9th, up 2, PULLED w/ 1 in and tie run on 3rd, 1 out
PULLED FROM CLOSER'S JOB
6. 7th, down 6, 2IP 0ER, 4k
7. 8th, down 1, 1IP 0ER, gets W
8. 10th and 11th, 2IP 0ER, gets W
9. 7th, up 1, puts 2 on w/ 2 out, PULLED
10. 9th, down 3, 1IP, 0ER
11. 8th, down 5, 1IP, 0ER
12. 9th, up 11, 1IP, 0ER
13. 10th w/ 1 out, 1 2/3, 0ER gets W
14. 9th, down 1, PULLED after 2 out, 4R, 0ER
The next night:
15. 9th, up 2, SV OP, 1-2-3 inning, 1IP, 0ER, SAVE
Then no OAK save opps for next 4 days, so get him some work:
16. 9th, up 9-0, 1IP 1ER
17. 9th, up 3, SV OP, w/ man on 1st, gives up two "bloops", PULLED
18. 9th, up 10, 1IP, 0ER
19. 6th, up 7, get 2 outs and HBP, walks 3 PULLED.

Is it too much to ask that this guy, who saved 100+ games the last 2 years gets to START the 9th in a save opp and then gets to pitch the whole inning without getting pulled even if he puts a couple of guys on?

There is something to be said for letting a guy pitch his inning, even when he's in trouble...There is an inefficiency here in that a guy that has proven he can pitch out of trouble is being forced to pitch 1-2-3 innings or get yanked...Extra stress is being put on this bullpen because of this, which is being masked now because Moss, Norris, etc are out of their minds....This is clearly an inefficiency: a guy that can get out of his own mess isn't being allowed to do so...


May 19, 2014 16:03 PM
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