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Fantasy Baseball: Week 11 American League Closer Report

Tired of digging through the waiver wire for closers? Shawn Childs breaks down each team's bullpen in the American League in Week 11 of the Fantasy Baseball season!

AL East

Baltimore Orioles

Fantasy owners have been extremely happy with the success of Brad Brach over the three weeks (no runs and one hit over eight innings with 10 Ks), but Brad hasn’t had a save chance since June 2nd. On the year, Brach is 11-for-14 in save conversions. Zach Britton is expected begin a rehab assignment this week, which puts him on track to return in early July. At this point, Britton has yet to have a setback with his left forearm issue. Baltimore placed Darren O’Day on the DL with a right shoulder issue on June 9th. Mychal Givens moves to next in line with saves after tossing 7.2 shutout innings with one walk and 10 Ks. The Orioles fell to 17th in bullpen ERA (4.21) after 63 games with 15 wins, eight losses, and 18 saves.

Boston Red Sox

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The Red Sox bullpen hasn’t shown any cracks over the last few weeks. They remain fourth in the majors in bullpen ERA (2.92) after 63 games with 11 wins, five losses, and 19 saves. Craig Kimbrel threw 4.1 shutout innings over the last week with no hits allowed and nine Ks. Over his last 19.1 innings, Kimbrel allowed one run and three hits with 37 Ks and 10 saves. He has been successful in 18 of his 19 save chances. Joe Kelly extended his shutout streak to 14 innings with 15 Ks. His last run allowed came on April 30th. Matt Barnes dominated over his last four innings of work (no runs with nine Ks). Barnes hasn’t walked a batter over his last 14 innings with a 1.93 ERA and 22 Ks.

New York Yankees

Dellin Betances improved his scoreless run to 18.2 innings with six hits allowed and 37 Ks. He’s been perfect in all six of his save tries. Aroldis Chapman should be activated from the DL later this week after making an appearance in the minors this weekend. Tyler Clippard lost value over his last 10.1 innings (3.48 ERA and 1.16 WHIP). Adam Warren pitched at an elite level over the last eight innings (no runs with eight Ks). New York sits third in baseball in bullpen ERA (2.87) after 61 games with 10 wins, seven losses, and 15 saves.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays are league average in bullpen ERA (4.15 – 16th) after 67 games with 13 wins, 14 losses, and 20 saves. Alex Colome is 18-for-21 in save chances, but he allowed 14 base runners over his last 8.1 innings. Even with some struggles, Colome gave up two runs over this period. Tommy Hunter pitched 7.2 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts over the last two weeks. Jose Alvarado has a live arm while still finding his way in the majors (three runs and 10 base runners over his last 7.2 innings). At age 22, he has high upside once he figures out how to get more swings and misses.

Toronto Blue Jays

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Despite allowing two runs and four base runners over his last 5.1 innings, Roberto Osuna extended his successful save streak to 15. This came after blowing three of his first four chances on the year. Osuna has a 1.42 ERA over his last 19 innings with 27 Ks. Joe Smith tossed eight shutout innings over his last eight games with no walks and 12 Ks. Ryan Tepera has a 0.74 ERA over his last 24.1 innings with 28 Ks. The Blue Jays jumped to 11th in bullpen ERA (3.77) after 62 games with 15 wins, 10 losses, and 19 saves.

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

The White Sox slipped a notch to sixth in bullpen ERA (3.54) after 63 games with 12 wins, five loses, and only 10 saves. After struggling on June 4th (three runs and three base runners over two-thirds of an inning), David Robertson tossed three shutout innings with five Ks and two saves over the last week. He is 10-for-11 in save conversions. Tommy Kahnle pitched at an elite level over his last 11.1 innings (0.79 ERA and 18 Ks). The fade continues for Anthony Swarzak who allowed six runs and 13 base runners over his last 6.2 innings with three Ks.

Cleveland Indians

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Cody Allen stabilized in June (no runs over four innings with five Ks) after fading over the last three weeks in May (five runs and 14 base runners over 7.2 innings with eight Ks). Allen has been successful in 15 of his 16 save opportunities. Andrew Miller served up his first home run of the year on June 13th leading to a loss vs. the Dodgers while ending his shutout streak at 12.1 innings with 21 Ks. Over his last 107.1 innings, Miller has 14 walks and 172 Ks. Bryan Shaw struggled again last week (two runs and seven base runners over 3.2 innings). The Indians remain the top team in the majors in bullpen ERA (2.56) after 59 games with seven wins, four losses, and 16 saves.

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers are 27th in bullpen ERA (5.01) after 62 games with eight wins, 12 losses, and 14 saves. Justin Wilson continues to show job loss risk despite allowing just one run over his last six innings. Over this span, he has walked six batters while allowing four hits. Wilson hasn’t had a save chance in June while converting three of his four chances on the year. Alex Wilson lost his value over the last 6.1 innings (six runs and 13 base runners). Shane Greene has a 1.88 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over his last 14.1 innings with 17 Ks to remain an option for saves.

Kansas City Royals

Disaster remains within the arm of Kelvin Herrera. Over his last 10.1 innings, Herrera allowed 10 runs and 20 base runners with 16 Ks while converting five of his six save tries. On the year, Kelvin is 13-for-15 in saves conversions. Mike Minor has a plus 2017 resume (2.25 ERA and 33 Ks over 32 innings), but he did fade over his last 5.1 innings (three runs and nine base runners with five Ks). Joakim Soria has been a disaster over his last 3.1 innings (seven runs and 11 base runners). Peter Moylan allowed one run over his last 6.2 innings with eight Ks. KC is 22nd in bullpen ERA (4.63) after 62 games with 10 wins, 12 losses, and 13 saves.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins remain the worst team in bullpen ERA (5.52 after 58 games) in all of Major League Baseball with seven wins, nine losses, and 18 saves. Brandon Kintzler is the least of their worries after posting a 7.11 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over his last 6.1 innings with six strikeouts, five saves, and two blown saves. Taylor Rogers has a 1.64 ERA over his last 11 innings with six Ks. After getting blasted by the Astros on May 31st (four runs and five base runners with no outs recorded), Tyler Duffey has a 1.29 ERA over his last seven innings with no walks and five Ks.

AL West

Houston Astros

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After struggling in three straight games (four runs and six base runners over three innings) to start June, Ken Giles tossed two no-hit shutout innings with three Ks and a save. Giles is now 16-for-18 in saves chances while needing to clean up his ERA (3.91). Will Harris has been electric over his last six innings (no runs and two hits with 11 strikeouts). Chris Devenski allowed a run in each of his last two appearances covering 2.1 innings plus five base runners. Michael Feliz puked up six runs and nine base runners over his last 4.1 innings with nine Ks. Houston fell to 14th in bullpen ERA (4.02) after 65 games with 15 wins, nine losses, and 20 saves.

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels climbed to 9th in bullpen ERA (3.68) after 68 games with 13 wins, 10 losses, and 15 saves. Since May 22nd, Bud Norris only has two save chances while allowing two runs and 13 base runners over 7.2 innings with nine Ks. Norris converted 11 of his 12 save attempts while pitching in the 9th inning. After a setback in his rehab assignment in early June, Cameron Bedrosian returned to the mound on June 13th at High A when he threw one shutout inning with two Ks. Cam should be back in the majors in a week or so. David Hernandez extended his scoreless streak to 7.1 innings with no walks and 10 Ks. Blake Parker still can’t get a save chance despite improving his shutout run to 17 innings with 23 Ks.

Oakland A’s

Santiago Casilla has a 1.29 ERA over his last seven innings with eight Ks and four successful save conversions. On the year, Casilla moved to 10-for-12 in save chances. Sean Doolittle returned from the DL on June 10th when he threw one shutout inning with a Ks. He’s only pitched 8.2 innings in 2017 with three runs allowed and 12 strikeouts. Ryan Madson rebounded from his worst outing of the year on June 4th (three runs and three base runners over two-thirds of an inning) to pitch 2.1 shutout innings with five Ks. Liam Hendriks lost his way over his last 3.2 innings (three runs and six base runners with six strikeouts). Oakland still has one of the weakest bullpens (5.01 ERA – 28th) after 64 games with seven wins, 11 losses, and 12 saves.

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Seattle Mariners

The Mariners worked their way to 21st in bullpen ERA (4.52) after 65 games with 11 wins, 12 losses, and 11 saves. Edwin Diaz has a 1.00 ERA over his last nine innings with 11 Ks and three saves. Diaz has been successful in 10 of his 12 save chances. Tony Zych allowed one run over his last 6.2 innings with five Ks to lower his ERA to 2.41. Steve Cishek stabilized over his last 7.2 innings (one run, no walks, and five Ks) to put himself next in line for saves.

Texas Rangers

I had my doubts about Matt Bush over the last two weeks when he allowed four runs and nine base runners over three innings leading to a blown save. Bush picked up save in his last two games after pitching two shutout innings with a strikeout. He is 8-for-10 in saves opportunities. His insurance is getting tougher to own as Keone Kela was picked up in many leagues in the high stakes market last week with Bush showing risk. Kela has a 1.72 ERA over his last 15.2 innings with 22 Ks, but he did allow a run in two of his last four games. Jose Leclerc continues to pitch at a high level after returning from the DL (no runs over four innings with seven strikeouts). The Rangers rose to 19th in bullpen ERA (4.50) after 63 games with 13 wins, 12 losses, and 11 saves.

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