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Fantasy Baseball: Week 7 National League Closer Report

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Shawn Childs takes an in-depth look at the bullpen for every team in the National League! Don't miss this FREE version!

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NL East

Atlanta Braves

Over the last month, Jim Johnson only had four save chances (three converted). He’s allowed one run and two hits over his last 6.1 innings with seven Ks. On the year, Johnson is 6-for-8 in save conversions. Arodys Vizcaino improved his shutout streak to 6.1 innings with eight strikeouts. Jason Motte hasn’t allowed a run over his last 6.2 innings with four Ks. The Braves are 23rd in the majors in bullpen ERA (4.79) after 36 games with five wins, five losses, and six saves.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins rank 18th in the majors in bullpen ERA (4.14) after 38 games with seven wins, nine losses, and four saves. A.J. Ramos only has four successful saves in 2017. He allowed one run over the last seven innings with eight Ks. Command remains a huge concern for Kyle Barraclough over his last seven games (10 walks, five runs, and 16 base runners over 6.1 innings). He has no chance at saves. Brad Ziegler has been a disaster as well over his last five games (11 runs, and 19 base runners over 2.2 innings). Brad looks to need a trip on the DL. Brian Ellington pitched well at AAA in 2017 (three runs over eight innings with one walk and 14 Ks). He’ll have a chance to move up quickly in this bullpen if he can throw strikes.

New York Mets

The Mets lost Jeurys Familia for what looks like the rest of the season due to a blood clot in his right shoulder, a condition that requires surgery. This gives Addison Reed a big opening to close games. He converted his first four save chances with Familia out while struggling in his first save opportunity with Familia on the DL on May 14th. Over his last 14 games, Addison hasn’t been sharp (seven runs and 15 base runners with no walks and 16 Ks in 11.2 innings). Hansel Robles turned in two disaster outings (nine runs and 11 base runners over 1.2 innings) ending his 14-inning shutout streak with three wins and 16 Ks. Fernando Salas allowed two runs over 6.1 innings with four Ks. New York fell to 26th in bullpen ERA (5.17) after 38 games with seven wins, nine losses, and eight saves.

Philadelphia Phillies


Hector Neris is trying to regain his form after tripping up over the latter part of April (seven runs and 13 base runners over 4.1 innings). Over his last six innings, he's allowed one run with three Ks and earned a save. Hector is 4-for-5 in save conversions. Joaquin Benoit had a disaster outing on May 10th when he allowed five runs and six base runners over one-third of an inning. Pat Neshek saw his 12.2 innings scoreless streak end on May 14th when he allowed two runs and two hits over one inning. Philly is 20th in bullpen ERA (4.68) after 36 games with six wins, 11 losses, and six saves.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals rank 27th in bullpen ERA (5.19) after 38 games with nine wins, seven losses, and 11 saves. Both Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover returned from the DL over the weekend. Kelley doesn’t look healthy after allowing three runs and six base runners over 1.1 innings leading to a win, a loss, and a blown save. He has now allowed six home runs over 11.1 innings. Kelley belongs nowhere near the 9th inning. The less of two evils late in games for Washington still looks like Koda Glover. Over three innings since returning from the DL, he hasn’t allowed a run with five players reaching base. Matt Albers has great stats over the last 7.1 innings (one run with 10 Ks and two saves). At age 34, he didn’t suddenly find the fountain of youth. Trust me, disaster lies around the corner.

NL Central

Cincinnati Reds


Raisel Iglesias hasn’t blown a save in seven chances. He extended his shutout streak to nine innings with eight Ks and four saves. Michael Lorenzen saw his 8.1 scoreless streak end on May 16th when he allowed a home run. Drew Storen hasn’t been on his game over his last 4.2 innings (5.79 ERA and 1.29 WHIP). The Reds moved up to 7th in bullpen ERA (3.31) after 36 games with seven wins, four losses, and 10 saves.

Chicago Cubs

The bullpen continues to be a strength for the Cubs in 2017. They climbed to 5th in bullpen ERA (2.95) after 38 games with five wins, eight losses, and eight saves. No team has been able to crack Wade Davis in 2017 over 16.1 innings. He’s allowed only six hits with 21 Ks while converting all eight saves. Carl Edwards allowed a run in two of his last five games (two runs and seven base runners over 4.1 innings). After struggling over the first week of May (four runs and six base runners over two innings), Hector Rondon tossed two shutout innings with two Ks over the last week.

Milwaukee Brewers


The ball dropped on Neftali Feliz last week after allowing four runs and six base runners over 2.1 innings. He’s walked nine batters over 17 innings while serving up five home runs. The new shining star in the 9th is Corey Knebel, who successfully converted his first save chance. He improved his shutout streak to 10.2 innings while adding 19 Ks. Corey should offer nice upside going forward. Over his last six innings, Jacob Barnes allowed three runs and 10 base runners with six Ks. Jacob is a long way from saves. The Brewers jump to 9th in bullpen ERA (3.81) after 40 games with seven wins, three losses, and 10 saves.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates slid to 15th in bullpen ERA (4.04) after 37 games with seven wins, seven losses, and nine saves. Tony Watson struggled in his last three outings (two runs and 10 base runners over 4.1 innings with four Ks) leading to a win, a loss, and a blown save. He’s 8-for-9 in save conversions. Juan Nicasio hasn’t allowed a run over his last 10 innings with seven Ks. Felipe Rivero had his 14-inning scoreless streak end on May 13th when he allowed a home run. His stats look closer worthy after 20 games in 2017 (0.87 ERA and 0.82 WHIP).

St. Louis Cardinals

Seung-Hwan Oh hasn’t allowed a run since April 18th (13 innings) leading to seven straight save conversions, but 16 batters have reached base over that span. On the year, Oh has been successful in 10 of his 11 saves chances. Trevor Rosenthal has almost been perfect over his last five innings (no runs, no hits, and one walk with seven Ks). He continues to look closer worthy (1.88 ERA with 25 Ks over 14.1 innings). Kevin Siegrist found his rhythm over the last nine innings (no runs with one walk and 11 strikeouts). St. Louis jumped to 12th in bullpen ERA (3.98) after 37 games with five wins, five losses, and 15 saves.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks


Arizona is much improved in the bullpen in 2017 even with weakness in the 9th inning. They moved to 10th in bullpen ERA (3.91) after 40 games with seven wins, three losses, and 10 saves. Fernando Rodney lowered his ERA to 8.59 after tossing 4.2 shutout innings with no hits allowed in May leading to four saves. Rodney is 10-for-12 in save conversions. Archie Bradley hasn't allowed a run or hit over his last 2.1 innings. Over his last 12 innings, J.J. Hoover has a 1.50 ERA with 18 Ks.

Colorado Rockies

The Royals former closers have been great in 2017. Greg Holland has been successful in all 17 of his save chances while allowing only two runs over 17.1 innings with 23 Ks. Over his last 9.1 innings, Holland has not allowed a run and struck out 14 batters. Adam Ottavino fell on his face over his last 3.1 innings (four runs and nine base runners, which includes six walks). Jake McGee allowed one run over his last 11.1 innings with 11 Ks. The Rockies are 11th in the majors in bullpen ERA (3.95) after 39 games with eight wins, one loss, and 10 saves.

Los Angeles Dodgers


The Dodgers faded to sixth in bullpen ERA (2.99) after 40 games with five wins, six losses, and eight saves. Other than saves (7-for-7), Kenley Jansen has been one of the best arms in the bullpen in 2017. He’s yet to issue a walk over 14.2 innings with 28 Ks. His last run allowed came on April 9th (12.2 shutout innings with 26 Ks). Over his last seven innings, Pedro Baez has a 1.29 ERA with five walks and five Ks. Josh Fields extended his shutout streak to 9.1 innings with nine Ks.

San Diego Padres

Just when a Fantasy owner thinks he has a trusted arm in the 9th, they turn into a wood tick with job loss. Over his first 13.1 innings, Brandon Maurer had a 2.03 ERA with four successful saves. However, the Rangers and the White Sox crushed him for seven runs and eight base runners over 1.2 innings over his last three games. Brad Hand started to take on water as well (four runs and 13 base runners allowed over his last nine innings). Kirby Yates improved his scoreless streak to 7.1 innings with nine Ks. The Padres fell to 28th in bullpen ERA (5.29) after 41 games with five wins, 11 losses, and seven saves.

San Francisco Giants

The Giants are just above league average in bullpen ERA (4.02 – 14th) after 40 games with six wins, seven losses, and 10 saves. Derek Law picked up four saves in May covering for Mark Melancon. Law has a 1.74 ERA over his last 10.1 innings with 12 Ks. Melancon will return from the DL on May 17th after spending a couple of weeks on the sidelines. Mark converted six of his eight chances before his injury. Hunter Strickland looked a little better over the last week (no runs over 2.1 innings). Strickland needs to clean up his walks (nine in 14.1 innings).

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