With the twentieth 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 20 edition of my fantasy baseball closer report:
San Diego’s Savior:
San Diego Padres’ closer, Houston Street, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf this past week. The team will likely replace with Dale Thayer, who flawlessly saved 5 games earlier in the year when Street was DL-bound. Thayer has great command over his fastball and an above average cutter, so he could be extremely valuable while the Padres’ are in the middle of a hot streak. The team has also considered using Luke Gregerson in the closer role; but will most likely go with the guy who formally occupied the position.
New, New York Ace:
Rafael Soriano, NYY –Soriano has quietly racking up the save after save in Bronx this season. Soriano amazingly has 28 saves on the year, which is tied for sixth in the majors, despite only being in the team’s closer role for two months. Soriano has really established himself as a top tier closer and could lead many fantasy squads to a championship if the Yankees get hot at the end of the year, like they normally do.