With closer Carlos Marmol having already lost his job, could there be others already in jeopardy of losing theirs? Fantasy baseball managers always need to be on the lookout for those closers waiting in the wings to take over when their number is called.
The first closer on the hot seat would seem to be John Axford of the Milwaukee Brewers. In his first three outings, he has given up four HRs and six earned runs in 2.2 innings. His ERA is 20.25. He has taken one loss and blown one save. Even last year, when Axford racked up 35 saves, he lost eight games, blew nine saves and had an ERA of 4.67. At age 30, Axford should not be running on an empty tank, but these numbers have to be cause for concern.
Waiting in the wings for the Brewers would seem to be Jim Henderson. In three innings pitched this year, he has racked up a win, four Ks and not allowed a run. Henderson was owned in only 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues starting play today, but that number should have jumped up already.
In the case of the Miami Marlins, they don’t seem to have a reasonable alternative to Steve Cishek. But his rocky start needs to be watched carefully, too. In 2.1 innings he has given up four earned runs, suffered a loss and rang up an ERA of 15.43. Since neither Chad Qualls nor Jon Rauch would seem to be up to the task of closing, Cishek might have a longer than usual leash on his job. Maybe the Marlins would even give John Maine a shot at closer if they get desperate.
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