August 8, 2017
Welcome to the Trade Deadline Hangover Edition of the Closer Report. After all of the action we saw last week with plenty of movement around the league, things were pretty quiet in the time after. Teams are settling in with their new bullpen depth charts, and it’s likely going to be a little longer until we see some major changes. That being said, there are still some situations that could use a little clarity that we need to look at more closely this week. Before we get to that, just a reminder that you can keep up with the latest changes on the Closer Grid. Now, on to the good stuff.
Matt Belisle Takes Early Lead In Minnesota
The Twins bullpen has been less than impressive this year, and when they sent then-closer Brandon Kintzler to Washington before the deadline it was unclear who would take over in the ninth inning. It seemed to come down to three choices, with Taylor Rogers, Matt Belisle and Trevor Hildenberger being the favorites. As time went on it appeared they’d be going with a committee, and Rogers was my pick for the guy to earn the most save chances. The risk was that, as a lefty, they’d prefer to not pin him down to one inning. Belisle ended up getting the first save chance since the deadline and he completed it without much issue. The biggest problem for the righty this year has been control, he’s begun limiting his walks much more often over the last couple of months. I’m still not ready to trust him completely and think Rogers and even Hildenberger could be worth owning in deeper and/or AL-Only leagues, but Belisle is the guy to own right now.
Still Searching For Clarity In Texas