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Hot/Cold Closers 4.19.2010

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Each week I will present the HOT and COLD closers for the week.


  1. Mariano Rivera, NYY – Rivera locked down three saves and for kicks, a win.  He has had a great start to the season with seven saves, but I still maintain that is health throughout the season could cause headaches for fantasy managers.
  2. Chris Perez, CLE   – Perez only recorded one save over 2.1 innings of work.  He is still sporting a 0.00 ERA and has five saves in the early season.
  3. Leo Nunez, FLA – Nunez recorded two more saves over the past week and has proven so far that no one will threaten his job.  He has six strikeouts in eight innings and has a stable ERA at 2.25.
  4. Neftali Feliz, TEX – Feliz started slow, but has caught on quickly.  Since April 10, Feliz added three saves as the Rangers remain hot at home.  His WHIPERA stands at a poultry 2.05 (ERA 1.23 & 0.82 WHIP).
  5. Brain Wilson, SF – Welcome back Brian.  After a rough start coming back from injury, Wilson got back to work getting four saves last week. He posted five strikeouts in 3.1 innings over the week and while his ERA and WHIP look bad, those will relax over the next few weeks.
  6. Kyle Farnsworth, TAM – Farnsworth broke out as did the Rays with a big week.  He recorded two saves and a win.  Over the week he threw three innings and struck out three.  His ERA is impressive to start at 1.69, but even more impressive he has yet to walk a batter in 5.1 innings of work.



  1. Jonathan Broxton, LA – Broxton made three appearances last week and while he didn’t blow any saves and recorded a win, he still gave up 3 ER on three innings while striking out four.  His closer job is not in jeopardy, especially with Kuo in the DL.
  2. Joe Nathan – Nathan has a tough week.  He blew both his save chances, giving up 4 ER and having little control with three walks.  Matt Capps has replaced him as closer in a temporary status.
  3. John Axford, MIL – Axford hasn’t been consistent this season.  He started bad, then got three saves before getting roughed up in a couple of appearances including a blown save Monday.
  4. Kevin Gregg, BAL – In my world, Gregg is not a closer.  For now, he is the closer for the Orioles. Over the last week, Gregg got lit up for three runs over two innings of work and blew a save.  With how well the Orioles are playing, you’d expect more for Gregg, but so far 1/2 in saves with a 5.40 ERA.
  5. Ryan Franklin, StL – Franklin continues his impressive streak of blowing saves and giving up runs.  In six appearances this season so far, Franklin has allowed runs in 5 and has now blown three consecutive saves.  It may not be official, but there is no way Franklin is still the closer in St. Louis.  His bloated ERA stands at 11.57 and his WHIP is at 2.14. He is a lost cause.

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    2 Responses to "Hot/Cold Closers 4.19.2010"

    1. primetime21 says:

      Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said his club is only looking at internal options to replace closer Ryan Franklin.
      Mitchell Boggs has been fantastic this season and has a closer-like arsenal with a high-90s fastball. He should be the first choice, but it’s hard to make assumptions about a roster formed by unpredictable skipper Tony La Russa. Miguel Batista, for instance, might also get ninth inning looks. Jason Motte is another name worth monitoring. Eduardo Sanchez is an intriguing talent, but La Russa tends to shy away from youth and inexperience.

    2. thetrueguru says:

      Excellent point Jason. I have to tell you this, I have no idea who will get the job. Boggs has the stuff, but he’s not a proven closer. You know I like Motte. Other than that, all other guys are stop gaps, nothing more.

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