Even with the regular season winding down, some bullpens remain up for grabs.
Welcome back to the Closer Report. The season is coming to a close and, I won’t lie to you, the news is getting pretty thin these days are teams are just finishing out their years. That being said, those of you who are either in the playoffs or the thick of the race in your roto races still have some little advantages you can kind in bullpens. Before we get to that, just a reminder that you can keep up with any movement with the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.
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Like Rhys Hoskins, Oakland's Matt Olson has surprised with his huge, huge power.
In both fantasy circles and real-life baseball circles, there is one rookie who is taking the league by storm. He has always been a decently regarded prospect, and the fact that he could hit for power has never really been a secret among those who followed minor-league baseball. On the other hand, he was never quite an elite prospect and absolutely nobody expected him to be a superstar, particularly not from Day 1. That’s what he’s doing, though, and he’s hitting home runs at a startling rate. It deserves your attention. No, I’m not talking about Rhys Hoskins. I’m talking about Matt Olson.
We are coming down to the wire, but there still are moves to be made to fortify your bullpen.
Welcome back to one of the final editions of the Closer Report of the year. Though the season is winding down, we are actually coming off one of our busier weeks of the second half. There were some high-profile changes in some contending bullpens, as well as some injury news to keep an eye on. Before we get there, just a reminder to check up on the Closer Grid for new pecking orders around the league. Now, let’s get to the news.
Blake Parker seems to be emerging in Anaheim. Nobody seems to be emerging in Arlington. Things are submurging in Kansas City.
We’re winding down to the end of the season, and it’s the most exciting time of the year for fantasy players. For those in head-to-head leagues, your playoffs are probably just about ready to start up, and those in roto leagues are fighting for every point you can get every day. Keeping up to date on everything, including bullpen happenings around the league, can go a long way. Obviously, there aren’t as many changes this time of year as there are earlier on, but there is still news to track. For that, keep an eye on the Closer Grid for any changes. Now, let’s get on to today’s news.
Baseball is such a different beast than the other major sports, and as an extension fantasy baseball takes on different challenges. With pretty much every player playing pretty much every day, it’s so easy for trends and entire seasons to fly under the radar. Because of that, there are underrated stars in just about every season, and some can even manage to get less than their due for stretches of multiple years. I’ve spent much of this season highlighting some of these players, with perhaps the best being Anthony Rendon. It’s just an unavoidable side effect of baseball that players are going to fly under the radar, and one of the keys to being a good fantasy player is recognizing these kind of trends before everyone else in your league.
We’re almost into September, meaning we are in the most important time of the year for fantasy baseball. Every boost in any category could mean the difference between a championship and a middle-of-the-pack season, and the bullpen can be the area in which most roster movement can happen. With that in mind, just a reminder you can keep up with the latest changes on the Closer Grid. Now let’s get on to the week in news.
Big news for three playoff contenders and the White Sox remain... interesting in the ninth inning.
Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. There wasn’t a ton of news in Reliever Land over the past week, though there were a couple of big news points that did come down as well as a couple of tough situations to crack adding new wrinkles. Before we get to all of that, though, just a reminder that you can keep up with any changes on the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get on to the good stuff.
Let us appreciate what Cain gives: Consistent support in every category.
It should go without saying that every professional baseball player is remarkable to watch, to listen to and to read about. One simply doesn’t get to this level of the craft without being exceptional at what they do. Of course, when they constantly are compared to their peers, some major leaguers fade into the background. That especially is true from a fantasy perspective. Oftentimes, the most under-appreciated players aren’t the ones who are left on the waiver wire while performing well, but those left in the starting lineup. The most under-appreciated can be those that we just keep in our lineup without giving much thought to the production these players give to our teams throughout the season. Many fit this bill, but one that I’ve noticed is on a couple of my teams is Lorenzo Cain.
Welcome back to another Closer Report. Although we are into August, we know that doesn’t mean it’s the end of trade season. Generally speaking, closers aren’t the ones dealt at this time of year, but that didn’t hold true this past week as one was traded late Sunday night. Additionally, we lost clarity in some situations and gained some elsewhere, as well as getting some injury news. We’ll cover all that and more, but first a reminder that you can keep up with the changes around the league on the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.
Go ahead and pick up Tyler Clippard—if you're into that
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.
How about David Hernandez on Chicago's South Side, and Greg Holland with the North Siders?
We’ve flipped the calendar over to August, which means the MLB trade deadline has passed and player are, more or less, where they will be for the rest of the season. It also means that our fantasy trade deadlines are quickly approaching. This is obviously a busy time of year, particularly for those of us in longer-term leagues. If you’re the owner of a team that is not in contention this year, it’s time to start thinking of next year. With that in mind, I thought today I would attempt to predict the closer landscape for next year. Obviously, there are going to be events that I cannot predict, but it’s useful to know who could get saves in the following season and try now to get them on the cheap. So, with that in mind, here is a link to who I see closing for each team at the start of next season. Below is an explanation for teams that are seeing a change from who is closing right now.
Choose one: The White Sox bullpen, or the sweet embrace of death.
Welcome to the post-trade deadline Closer Report, which is always the busiest Closer Report of the year. We’re just going to jump right into it today because there was obviously a lot of movement, but before we do just a quick reminder that you can keep track of all the action with the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.