Most teams around the majors have already announced their full-time closer. It seems like common sense, but the battle often comes down to the last couple games of spring training.
However, the Houston Astros haven’t exactly named a full-time closer yet and it has severely frustrated the fantasy baseball world. As it stands right now, there are currently three different relievers on Houston’s lineup that has recorded a save this season.
Reliever Josh Fields recorded his save during the first couple days of the season versus the New York Yankees. He was beat-up for two runs last week, though, and has seemingly fallen out of favor with the managers.
Veteran Chad Qualls recorded his save last week in a spotless 2/3 of an inning against the Los Angeles Angels. He has been spotless since that outing, but he hasn’t been receiving much work.
Recently, the reliever being utilized the most in the ninth inning has been Anthony Bass. He recorded both of the team’s save opportunities this past week and the righty has not allowed a run in three straight appearances. Suddenly, Bass is the frontrunner to close out games in Houston.
Either way, Houston’s closer situation doesn’t appear to be clearing up anytime soon, so fantasy fans will simply have to remain patient. The best advice would be to grab one of these options (preferably Bass) and hope that guy winds up becoming the full-time closer down the stretch.