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Fantasy Baseball: Week 10 National League Closer Report

Tired of digging through the waiver wire for closers? Shawn Childs breaks down each team's bullpen in the National League in Week 10 of the Fantasy Baseball season!

NL East

Atlanta Braves

Jim Johnson has two blown saves in his five games with four runs and nine baserunners allowed over 5.2 innings with eight strikeouts. Johnson is 11-for-15 in save conversion. Arodys Vizcaino saw his 12.1 innings shutout streak end on May 31st when he allowed a home run to take a loss. Since April 27th, Arodys has a 0.59 ERA with 18 Ks in 15.1 innings. Jose Ramirez has a 2.28 ERA over his 23.2 innings with 20 Ks. His average fastball (98.2) has closer upside. The Braves are just below league average in bullpen ERA (4.09) after 56 games with nine wins, eight losses, and 11 saves.

Miami Marlins

Miami sits just below Atlanta in bullpen ERA (4.09). After 56 games, their relievers have ten wins, ten losses, and eight saves. A.J. Ramos hasn’t allowed a run over his last 4.1 innings with seven Ks and four converted saves. Ramos remains perfect in his seven save chances while still showing risk in his ERA (4.19) and WHIP (1.34). Over his last 11 games, Kyle Barraclough allowed five runs and 19 baserunners over 9.1 innings, which included 11 walks. David Phelps continues to be the best arm in this bullpen. He improved his shutout streak to 19 innings with only seven hits allowed and 19 Ks. Phelps should be next in line for saves for the Marlins.

New York Mets

Since taking over the closing job on May 14th, Addison Reed has a 3.09 ERA with a mediocre WHIP (1.54) while converted four of six saves. Reed moved to 8-for-10 in save conversions. There was a report over the last week that Jeurys Familia could begin throwing late in June, which may lead to him returning to the majors quicker than expected. My feel is early August as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks. Jerry Blevins looks to be the most trusted reliever in this bullpen. Over 19 innings in 2017, Jerry has a 1.42 ERA with 29 Ks. Fernando Salas pitched better over the last month (3.14 ERA and 1.19 WHIP) with all of his failure coming in three of his 16 appearances. By default, Salas will pitch in the eighth and ninth innings. New York fall to 26th in bullpen ERA (4.80) after 56 games with eight wins, 13 losses, and 12 saves.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies are 20th in bullpen ERA (4.35) after 56 games with nine wins, 12 losses, and nine saves. Three different relievers on Philly earned save over the last week – Hector Neris (1), Pat Neshek (1), and Jeanmar Gomez (1). Gomez remains a train wreck with four runs and eight baserunners allowed over his last 5.1 innings with five Ks. Joaquin Benoit landed on the DL with a left knee injury. Neris is still the top choice for saves in this bullpen. Over his last ten games, Hector allowed two runs and 12 baserunners over 8.2 innings with 12 Ks and two saves. He's 5-for-6 in save chances. Neshek hasn’t allowed a run over his last 8.1 innings with three hits and nine Ks.

Washington Nationals

Just like Matt Bush, Koda Glover had his worst game of the season in a non-save situation over the last week. On June 4th, he allowed five runs and five baserunners over one-third of an inning. This ended his 8.2-inning scoreless streak with 10 Ks. Koda rebounded to pitch a shutout inning in his next game leading to his eighth save in nine opportunities. Over his last 3.2 innings, Shawn Kelley allowed a run and six baserunners with three Ks. Oliver Perez picked up a save on June 5th when Glover wasn’t available. Oliver hasn’t allowed a run over his last 3.1 innings with six Ks. Matt Albers extended his shutout run to five innings with eight strikeouts. The Nationals rose to 29th in bullpen ERA after 56 games with nine wins, nine losses, and 19 saves.

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NL Central

Cincinnati Reds

The Reds climbed to seventh in bullpen ERA (3.41 after 55 games with 11 wins, nine losses, and 13 saves. Raisel Iglesias hasn’t allowed a run since April 23rd (18 shutout innings with 21 Ks) to lower his ERA to 0.61 with ten successful saves on the year. Michael Lorenzen has a 0.93 ERA over his last 19.1 innings with 15 Ks. Tony Cingrani returned from the June 6th (one shutout inning). Drew Storen is trending back in the right direction (two runs over his last ten innings with only four Ks), but he did allow 15 baserunners over this period.

Chicago Cubs

Wade Davis has yet to blow a save in 12 chances while allowing only two runs over 20.1 innings with 27 Ks. The Cubs did give him a week off from May 25th to June 1st. Carl Edwards hasn’t allowed a run or hit over his last 6.1 innings with seven Ks to lower his ERA to 0.83, but he did issue five walks. Koji Uehara picked two saves over his last five games with one run allowed over 4.2 innings with seven innings. The Cubs are 5th in the majors in ERA (3.06) after 56 games with eight wins, nine losses, and 16 saves.

Milwaukee Brewers

After 59 games, the Brewers are 16th in bullpen ERA (4.08) with nine wins, a league high 17 losses, and 19 saves. Corey Knebel blew two saves over his six games. During this span, he allowed two runs and eight baserunners with 12 Ks over 6.1 while earning three other saves. Knebel has been successful in six of his eight save tries. Neftali Feliz allowed a run or more in six of his last ten outings (seven runs and 16 baserunners over 10.1 innings). Jacob Barnes pitched at a high level over the last 11.2 innings (one run over 11.2 innings with 11 strikeouts) to pitch his way into the eighth inning.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates needs to move on from Tony Watson in the 9th inning. He’s blown his last three saves with six runs and ten baserunners allowed over 5.2 innings. Tony is 10-for-14 in save conversions. Felipe Rivero hasn’t allowed a run over 9.1 innings with 10 Ks to put himself in position to earn saves. On the year, Felipe has a 0.60 over 30 innings in 2017 with 32 Ks. It’s time to pick him up if you haven’t already. Juan Nicasio is in the mix for saves as well after allowing one run over his last 18.1 innings with 17 Ks. Pittsburgh is 10th in bullpen ERA (3.72) after 56 games with 11 wins, 10 losses, and 11 saves.

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals still have weakness in their bullpen ERA (4.65 – 24th) after 56 games with five wins, 11 losses, and 18 saves. Seung-Hwan Oh has a 0.89 ERA over his last 20.1 innings with 24 Ks and 10 saves. On the year, Oh is 13-for-15 in save conversions. In his second chance to pitch in back-to-back games in 2017, Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run over one inning of work. Trevor has a 1.93 ERA since May 1st covering 14 innings with 20 Ks. Brett Cecil hasn’t allowed a run over his last eight games (six innings with three Ks).

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NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Fernando Rodney is now 14-for-17 in save chances. He extended his scoreless run to 10.2 innings with two hits allowed and eight Ks. Rodney did blow a save on May 31st when he allowed an unearned run to the Pirates. Archie Bradley allowed a run and six baserunners over 3.2 innings. His ERA (1.40) and WHIP (0.94) remains in career areas while his arm offers closer upside. J.J. Hoover sucked the life out of Fantasy owners over the last week (five runs and 10 baserunners over 3.1 innings with seven Ks). The Diamondbacks rank 9th in bullpen ERA (3.72) after 58 games with 11 wins, five losses, and 11 saves.

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies fell to 15th in bullpen ERA (3.94) after 59 games with eight wins, three losses, and a league high 23 saves. Greg Holland leads the majors with 21 saves in as many chances. Over his last 15 games, Greg allowed a run over 13.2 innings with 21 strikeouts. Jake McGee has been impressive over his last 9.1 innings (no runs with 14 Ks). Chris Rusin has a 1.42 ERA over his last 12.2 innings with nine Ks.

Los Angeles Dodgers

With more than a third of this seasons games played, Kenley Jansen only had nine save chances (all converted). This is well behind his pace of 2016 (53 saves chances). Jansen allowed one run over his last 21 innings with no walks and 38 Ks. Josh Fields allowed a pair of home runs on June 3rd, which was his worst outing of the year. Fields now has a 1.50 ERA with 28 strikeouts over 24 innings. Pedro Baez improved his shutout streak to 7.1 innings with 10 Ks. LA remains second in the majors in bullpen ERA (2.65) after 60 games with 10 wins, seven losses, and 12 saves.

San Diego Padres

The Padres pushed their way to 21st in bullpen ERA (4.35) after 58 games with nine wins, 13 losses, and 13 saves. Brandon Maurer pitched great in his last five games (no runs over five innings with four Ks and four saves) while facing three tough opponents (WAS, CHC, and COL). His ERA (5.25) needs plenty of correction after struggling over five games in May (11 runs and 17 baserunners over 5.2 innings with four Ks). Brandon is 9-for-11 in save conversions. Brad Hand allowed one run over his last nine innings with 12 Ks and two saves. Kirby Yates has a 1.65 ERA over his last 16.1 innings with 22 Ks.

San Francisco Giants

Mark Melancon only pitched one shutout inning over the last week. He pitched 3.2 innings (no runs) over the last two weeks as the Giants appear to be limiting his innings in an effort to get him healthy. Mark has been successful in 10 of his 12 save tries. Derek Law struggled over his last four games (four runs and 10 baserunners over 3.2 innings with two Ks). Hunter Strickland is still waiting on the outcome of his from his suspension. He gave up three runs and four baserunners over his last three innings with three Ks. The Giants are 12th in baseball in bullpen ERA (3.89) after 58 games with eight wins, eight losses, and 14 saves.


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