Week 17 Fantasy Baseball Closer Report
With the seventeenth 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 17 edition of my fantasy baseball closer report:
A Drought Usually Ends a Flood:
Francisco Cordero, HOU – Cordero will now be given the ball in the ninth inning in Houston with former closer, Brett Myers, now pitching in the (312). However, the Astros are currently sitting at 34-64, so there have may not been many save opportunities to go around. Cordero should only be used in dire fantasy situations only, especially since his ninth inning collapse on Tuesday night.
Don’t Reed Into This:
A couple days ago the Chicago White Sox traded for Houston Astros’ closer, Brett Myers. This has to be a little concerning for current Sox closer, Addison Reed, who has struggled at times though 2012. However, Reed has matured well as the Chi-town closer, so do not expect the team to make a change right away. Reed has the job until he shows he cannot handle it, but do not count out the chance that the Sox move the young closer into the rotation, much like they did with former closer, Chris Sale.
The Brewers have finally benched struggling reliever John Axford, after 6 blown saves and an embarrassing 4.91 ERA. Axford will be replaced by former All-Star closer, Francisco Rodriquez, who has been struggling with a similarly uneasy 1.60 WHIP. “K-Rod” did have a four-run melt down on Monday night, so it may be a matter of time until the team looks elsewhere.