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2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner, Week 10: Joakim Soria, Andrew Bailey, Jon Rauch & More

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner, Week 10: Joakim Soria, Andrew Bailey, Jon Rauch & More

While messy bullpen situations dominated early-season headlines, the Closer’s Corner has been less exciting over the past few weeks. Here’s the latest:

Joakim Soria pitched two perfect innings Monday, earning the extra-inning win and re-gaining his role as the team’s closer. Aaron Crow didn’t see a save opportunity in his one week as the Royals closer, and will return to a setup role…

2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner, Week 9: What’s Wrong With Kansas City Royals’ Joakim Soria?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner, Week 9: What’s Wrong With Kansas City Royals’ Joakim Soria?

Kansas City Royals’ closer Joakim Soria blew his third consecutive save opportunity on Monday, his fifth in 12 chances. His ERA has ballooned to 6.55, and Royals’ manager Ned Yost announced after Sunday’s game that Soria would be relieved from his ninth inning duties. Aaron Crow will take his place, and is a must add in all formats.

Soria was thought to be one of the most reliable closers in the game two months ago, but a decline in strikeouts (7.77 K/9 this season, 9.75 career), increase in walks (4.09 BB/9, 2.60 career) and drop in average fastball velocity (90.5 mph, 91.9 last year) have left the Royals and fantasy managers alike with a pitcher that can’t get anyone out…

2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner: Who Will Replace Jonathan Broxton as Dodgers’ Closer?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner: Who Will Replace Jonathan Broxton as Dodgers’ Closer?

Los Angeles Dodgers’ GM Ned Colletti indicated on Tuesday that the team will install a closer-by-committee until Jonathan Broxton can right himself. Manager Don Mattingly will roll with the best ninth-inning matchup each night.

The two most likely candidates to close are Hong-Chih Kuo (who’s currently on the DL with a sore back, but is eligible to return on Sunday) and Vicente Padilla (who just returned from the DL after elbow surgery). Kuo (28 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues) is worth picking up and stashing on your DL, while Padilla (two percent owned) is a must-add.

2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner, Week 3: Matt Thornton, Ryan Franklin, Joe Nathan & More

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner, Week 3: Matt Thornton, Ryan Franklin, Joe Nathan & More

The start of the 2011 season has been filled with surprises, particularly in terms of blown saves. The White Sox’s and Cardinals’ bullpens have been especially unpredictable recently. Here’s the latest…

2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner: Los Angeles Angels’ Fernando Rodney Out, Jordan Walden In

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner: Los Angeles Angels’ Fernando Rodney Out, Jordan Walden In

In Monday’s Closer’s Corner, I singled out the Angels’ bullpen and suggested Fernando Rodney’s struggles could soon lead to a change. On Tuesday, Mike Scioscia stripped Rodney of his ninth inning duties until “he gets back in touch with some things.”

Given Rodney’s sub-par performance in recent seasons (three-year averages: 4.45 ERA, 7.97 K/9, 5.18 BB/9), the 34-year-old’s days as a closer may finally be over.

Enter Jordan Walden…

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