With the twelfth 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 12 edition of my fantasy baseball closer report:
Close to Getting Axed
John Axford, MIL – Axford got beat up again on Monday night, as he has allowed an embarrassing 10 runs in his eight appearances in June. Axford still has an ERA over 5.00 (5.60) and has looked erratic in a majority of his outings in 2012. It is hard to imagine that he will be the closer much longer in Milwaukee.
Cubs’ Continuing Closing Concerns
Carlos Marmol, CHC – The “Marshmallow” is back closing out games for the Cubs. Marmol was already demoted earlier in the year, but the team is paying him to much to have him be another middle reliever. However, Marmol will have a much shorter leash then normal, so fantasy owners should not put too much faith in the veteran.
Houston, We Have a Problem
Brett Myers, HOU – It appears that Myers job is safe for now, but it is hard to imagine that a closer gets hammered for 5 runs and the team is not rethinking his role with the team. Houston has shocked several team this year with a 28-41 record and their closer actually has value for the first time in a decade.