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Several Closers Remain Smoking Hot or Entering the June Swoon!

Several Closers Remain Smoking Hot or Entering the June Swoon!

It’s been a great month of June for several red-hot closers, but with the start of summer could spell trouble for many of those closers.  Let’s start in Texas, where the summer heat effects the ball more so than any other stadium in baseball. Joe Nathan has been on fire over the past five weeks.  He hasn’t surrendered a run since May 13th, and during that run he has notched eight saves and lowered his … Read entire article »

Filed under: In-Season Analysis, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, Jonathan Papelbon, Uncategorized

2012 Player Profile: Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers

2012 Player Profile: Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers

This profile can get a bit sensitive and touchy. Joe Nathan is hands down one of the greatest closers of all time in my wacky mind.  When healthy, he can be one of the most dominating closers with a lethal fastball that he locates well and a slider and curveball to compliment it.  The reason that this analysis can get sensitive is, even I’ve lost faith in him.  Nathan came back last year from Tommy John surgery for … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2012 Player Profiles, Joe Nathan

Nathan Out: Gardenhire Crazy or Cautious?

Nathan Out: Gardenhire Crazy or Cautious?

By Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com Before I start my semi-rant, please understand I think that Matt Capps is a fine closer.  Here’s from Yahoo! Sports. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—Matt Capps(notes) is taking over as the Twins’ closer so Joe Nathan(notes) can work on regaining his form in non-save situations as he comes back from elbow surgery. The change was announced before Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Nathan had blown save opportunities Thursday and Saturday in games eventually won by the Rays. … Read entire article »

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10 Value Pick Closers For Fantasy Drafts

10 Value Pick Closers For Fantasy Drafts

2011 offers a surplus of value pick closers.  Here are ten closers you need to eye in your fantasy draft for the best value for your pick. (No particular order) ADP statistics provided by www.mockdraftcentral.com. Craig Kimbrel, Atl – ADP: 282.  Kimbrel is going on average in the 24th round.  We are talking about the flame throwing Braves closer.  A Braves closer should never go that late in the draft.  Steal him in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andrew Bailey, Arizona D-Backs, Atlanta Braves, Brandon League, Chicago White Sox, Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians, Craig Kimbrel, Drew Storen, Frank Francisco, J.J. Putz, Jason Motte, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, LA Dodgers, Matt Thornton, Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nats