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.
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…
After scoring one game each of the first six days of the 2010 baseball season, Fantasy Baseball Insiders took on an even more impressive task on Saturday. On a day full of exciting matchups, the Insiders scored three games from start to finish, making for the most in-depth update of the young season.
Game No. 7 – Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
Kosuke Fukudome went 1-for-4 with a two-run bomb off Reds’ starter Aaron Harang in the fourth inning, his first of the year. The Cubs’ right fielder just missed another homer in the sixth, chasing Jay Bruce to the wall in right field...