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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...

2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner, Week 1: John Axford, Brandon Lyon, Sean Burnett & More

Monday, April 4, 2011

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner, Week 1: John Axford, Brandon Lyon, Sean Burnett & More

Opening weekend of the 2011 baseball season certainly was an eventful one, especially in the late innings. At least three closers put their job in jeopardy with rocky outings, sending fantasy managers scurrying to the waiver wire in search of the most suitable backup...

2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner: More Than Half of MLB Teams Have a New Source for Saves

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer’s Corner: More Than Half of MLB Teams Have a New Source for Saves

Closers are the most overrated players in fantasy baseball. The good ones deliver strong contributions to one category, but generally pitch less than five innings per week. During drafts, I usually ignore the position until the late rounds. Despite this strategy, my teams are usually very strong in the saves category. In fact, my teams have finished tied-first, second, first and first in saves over the last four seasons in my 10-team roto keeper league. How is this possible you ask? It’s simple really. Let me run some numbers by you…

2011 Closer’s Corner: Papelbon, Cordero, Rivera, Soria & Wilson Are The Only Reliable Options

Monday, January 3, 2011

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2011 Closer’s Corner: Papelbon, Cordero, Rivera, Soria & Wilson Are The Only Reliable Options

Over the last three years, only five closers have recorded at least 30 saves each season (Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Cordero, Mariano Rivera, Joakim Soria and Brian Wilson). This fact alone illustrates the high turnover rate at this unstable position. With nearly half of baseball's 30 teams likely to start 2011 with a new closer, it's important for fantasy managers to brush up on the bullpens in transition. Every week during the 2011 season, I'll update the Closer's Corner as ninth-inning roles change hands. In the meantime, I'll post updates as free agents continue to sign and spring training battles become more clear...

Closer’s Corner, June 21: Brian Fuentes, Huston Street, Alfredo Simon & More

Monday, June 21, 2010

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Closer’s Corner, June 21: Brian Fuentes, Huston Street, Alfredo Simon & More

If you read this article posted back in March, you know why it’s important to keep an eye on your league’s waiver wire as save opportunities get shuffled around major league bullpens. • Just last week, Diamondbacks’ closer Chad Qualls (who saved 24 games in 2009) was relieved of his duties after converting just 12 of his 16 save opportunities with an 8.46 ERA in 22 1/3 innings thus far. Teammate Aaron Heilman earned the four-out save Saturday night against Detroit, but not before allowing two hits and a run to score. The 31-year-old, who has 11 saves in his eight-year career, has allowed a run in three of his last five appearances...

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