With the 18th 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 18 edition of my fantasy baseball closer report:
Home Street Home:
Houston Street, SD – The Padres were rumored to being shopping Street all month long. However the team ended up keeping their All-Star closer and singing him to a huge contract extension through 2014. Street has pitched amazing this season with a 0.88 ERA and even better 0.62 WHIP, despite closing for one of the worst teams in the league. San Diego may not be winning many games, but are dedicated to getting their best arm in the game consistently.
Bottom of the Glass:
Kameron Loe, MIL – With former closers, John Axford and Francisco Rodriquez, already having blown their share of saves, the team will likely start looking for a capable backup sooner rather the later. Loe is the best available option that is not named Axford or Rodriquez, so expect Loe get the ball in the ninth at some point this year.
Houston We Still Have a Problem:
Francisco Cordero, HOU – The Astros were more than happy to let former closer, Brett Myers, head to the Chicago White Sox, mostly because Houston already had plans of acquiring Cordero from the Toronto Blue Jays. However, Cordero has severely struggled with the transition so far. In his first four appearances as the team’s closer he has blown two saves, lost two games, and has given up an embarrassing 8 earned runs. Houston thought their closer problem was solved, but it appears it may have just begun.