In recent weeks the closer position has been a crapshoot for most fantasy baseball owners. It seems that every week another closer is losing his job or ending up on the DL for extended period of time. Despite the uncertainly surrounding the position, though, Houston Astros RP Jose Veras has been rather consistent lately.
The closer has been involved in countless trades in recent weeks and has even been talked about as a mid-level closer around the fantasy world. Most owners believe that he could be a great second half sleeper, but they should curb their enthusiasm.
Veras is still closing games out for the constantly underachieving Houston Astros. The team may have won five of their last six games, but they still have a miserable 27-45 overall record and are dead last in the American League. Not exactly a warm welcome to the AL.
Additionally, the team obviously won’t be making the playoffs this year, so you can expect that Veras won’t have many more save opportunities moving forward. He has just 14 saves on the year, which is currently tied for 16th in the majors, but I think he has hit his ceiling this season.
Veras is still a low-end option in most leagues, but don’t rely on him to be a reliable starter week after week. I expect him to finish with around 25 saves when it is all said and done, but hoping for anything more than that is really pushing it.