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What Is Wrong With Heath Bell?

What Is Wrong With Heath Bell?

In a season chock full of the unexpected for closers, this is icing on the cake.  Heath Bell has been one of the most reliable and consistent closers over the past three seasons in MLB baseball. After changing teams and venues, it has been a totally different set of results for the ace closer.  In 2012 Heath Bell is 3/7 in save opportunities and in 11 appearances has an ERA over 11.00.  He has been anything … Read entire article »

Filed under: Danger Zone, Heath Bell, Miami Marlins

Danger Zone: Grant Balfour, Oakland Athletics

Danger Zone: Grant Balfour, Oakland Athletics

It has been a rocky few days for Grant Balfour. After successfully and surprisingly saving the first five games he entered in 1012, it has been anything but easy since then. In his last four appearances, Balfour has been rocked for six runs and two blown saves. In the last save opportunity for the Athletics, Brain Fuentes entered the game instead of the overworked Balfour. While I don’t believe that Balfour has been replaced, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brian Fuentes, Danger Zone, Grant Balfour, In-Season Analysis

Danger Zone: Javy Guerra, LA Dodgers

Danger Zone: Javy Guerra, LA Dodgers

Last Sunday, Javy Guerra was not on the mound to start the ninth inning for the Dodgers. Instead it was Kenley Jansen who got through the ninth inning and recorded his second save of the season.  Javy Guerra was warming up in the bullpen, but why didn’t Don Mattingly go with his closer who is already 7/9 on the season in saves.  First off, he threw 22 pitches the night before and surrendered the go ahead … Read entire article »

Filed under: Danger Zone, In-Season Analysis, Javy Guerra, Uncategorized

Danger Zone: Closers In The Hot Seat

Danger Zone: Closers In The Hot Seat

So far in 2012 it has not been the best year for closers.  Several great closers got knocked out early with injuries and many of the fill-in closers are doing very.  There are a lot of new faces amongst the closer ranks who are outperforming the stud closers.  Lets take a look at some of the closers that are in danger of losing their jobs: DANGER ZONE Brad Lidge, WAS – Is Brad Lidge ever not … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addison Reed, Alfredo Aceves, Brad Lidge, Carlos Marmol, Danger Zone, Hector Santiago, In-Season Analysis, Javy Guerra, Jordan Walden

Danger Zone: Hector Santiago, White Sox

Danger Zone: Hector Santiago, White Sox

If you haven’t heard, Hector Santiago is the closer for the Chicago White Sox.  Of course, Manager Robin Ventura made this move while I was on Easter vacation.  It is a perplexing move because of the talent ahead of Santiago.  While the White Sox are in rebuilding mode, I think this is a terrible move. So far this season, Santiago is 2/2 in saves with a 4.50 ERA in limited action.  The first batter he … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chicago White Sox, Danger Zone, Hector Santiago, In-Season Analysis

Pitchers Who Could Be Closing By September. Part 2

Pitchers Who Could Be Closing By September. Part 2

Here is part 2 of my report on pitchers who could be closers by September. Every season closers come and go and it frustrates the heck out of fantasy managers.  The list I compiled below are the leading candidates that likely won’t open the season as the closer for his perspective team, but could end the season the closer.  These pitchers will get the job either from the current closer getting injured or the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addison Reed, Andrew Cashner, Boston Red Sox, Brett Myers, Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Danger Zone, Glen Perkins, Houston Astros, Joel Peralta, Kenley Jansen, Kyle Farnsworth, LA Dodgers, Mark Melancon, Matt Capps, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Minnesota Twins, Sizzling Setup Reports, Tampa Bay Rays, Vinny Pestano, Wilton Lopez

Closer Danger Zone

Closer Danger Zone

With the trade deadline just a few days away, lets take a look at some of the current danger zone’s in the world of the ninth inning. Level 3 Danger (You need a space suit to work with these health damaging closers) San Diego Padres: Heath Bell has only a few days left in San Diego and that means Mike Adams will find himself in the ninth inning shortly. Bell is being courted heavily by the Rangers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Danger Zone, Heath Bell

CLOSER DANGER ZONE: Chaos in Toronto

CLOSER DANGER ZONE:  Chaos in Toronto

Time to take a look at the next edition of Closer Danger Zone where we focus in on the ninth inning situations that deserve our attention due to possible changes due to injury or ineffectiveness.  Lets get to it. Level 3 Danger (You need a space suit to work with these health damaging closers) Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays have moved into the most extreme Danger Zone as Frank Francisco blew another one on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Danger Zone, Frank Francisco

CLOSER DANGER ZONE: Looking At You Mr. Capps

CLOSER DANGER ZONE:  Looking At You Mr. Capps

The Fantasy Baseball Danger Zone is a quick look around the troubled closers around the league, what their current issues are, and who could be next in line to replace them.  Lets take a look at who makes the list this week. Level 3 Danger (You need your space suit to work with these health damaging closers) Minnesota Twins:  Matt Capps blew his fourth save of the season on Monday night and he currently has an ERA … Read entire article »

Filed under: Danger Zone, Matt Capps