Week 8 Fantasy Baseball Closer Report: The Magic 8 Ball

By Adam McGill

With the eighth week of the fantasy baseball season upon us, it is pretty clear if you are set at the closer position or if you have a gaping hole at the bottom of your lineup. The position is growing more and more important in fantasy baseball and is always worth taking a closer look at. Each week of the season I will dissect the closer position: by evaluating injuries, looking at position battles, and reviewing some future stars. Below is the week 8 edition of my fantasy baseball closer report:

Another One Bites the Dust:
David Robertson , NYY – Robertson did not even last a month as the Yankees’ closer before having to be put on the Disabled List with an always problematic oblique injury. His job will now be taken over by Rafael Soriano, who has pitched very consistently this season in an otherwise hobbled Yank’s bullpen. Soriano brings some experience to the position, as most people seem to forget about the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Rays where he saved a career-high 45 games. Soriano is a great fastball pitcher and is not afraid to throw the heat on three straight pitches. He is pretty much all the Yankees have left in their pen, so the veteran has to start picking up saves sooner rather than later.

As Good As it Gets:
Dale Thayer, SD – Thayer has become one of the best free agent closer finds of the year. He has converted an amazing five consecutive saves, as has done it while not allowing a single run. Thayer has yet to surrender a run in 2012 and has an amazing 10 strikeouts in his 10 innings pitched. He is pitching in the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park. Thayer is a must start moving forward, but fantasy owners should be weary of the fact that the Padres may not win many games this season.

And the Winner Is…
Addison Reed, CHW – The White Sox closer role has been the most insecure job in the entire MLB this season, as they are already working on their third closer in 2012. This time the job goes to the 23-year year old right-handed pitcher, Addison Reed. Reed took over a struggling Hector Santiago, whose WHIP is currently sitting at an awful 1.66. Reed has shown much better command since his 6-run meltdown a couple weeks ago and should be a reliable fantasy option moving forward.

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