By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on August 25, 2014
The fantasy baseball season is quickly wrapping up and with that comes the postseason. With all the relievers and starters changing teams this summer, let’s look at the top-10 closers to ride through the 2014 fantasy playoffs.
Despite his rough showing in August (6.75 ERA). Cishek has been rather reliable throughout the season. He has converted 31 of his 35 save chances and has struck out 68 batters through 54.2 innings. Miami is fully committed to finding him innings, regardless of the situation; so expect the sidearmer to get plenty of working the postseason.
Rodriquez was widely ignored this offseason, but the veteran quickly inherited the closer role after Jim Henderson had a miserable spring. Rodriguez has shockingly saved 39 games this season with 67 K’s and a sizzling 0.93 WHIP through 59 innings. K-Rod will continue to rack up saves and will be a safe weekly option in the pen.
Rosenthal has been somewhat frustrating to own throughout the year, as he has an alarming 4.05 ERA over the past two months. However, he is consistently racking up saves. The youngster has 38 saves on the year and is fully entrenched as the team’s closer.
Rodney has been very inconsistent this season, as he has five loses and three blown saves on the year. However, he has still racked up 38 saves, which ties him for third in the majors. The veteran may have the occasional rough outing, but he will do enough to rack up a couple saves in the postseason.
Uehara has been in a bit of a slump, as he has allowed seven earned runs over his last three appearances alone. However, the closer has been too good this year. He has a 0.89 WHIP and the veteran has only walked eight batters in 59.1 innings of work. Uehara will once again be very active this fall for fantasy fans.
Perkins has 32 saves this season and the southpaw has an impressive 64 K:9 BB ratio in 55.1 innings. He may not receive many chances to close out games, but he will be near automatic any time he steps onto the bump.
Chapman has dealt with injuries throughout the year, but he has put up All-Star numbers whenever he has been on the mound. Chapman is racking up an unthinkable 17.65 K/9 and his fastball is consistently hitting over 100 MPH on the radar gun. Chapman will be throwing gas throughout the postseason and will be one of the best closers in fantasy.
Jansen has recorded a 0.99 ERA over the last two months (18.2 IP), including 12 saves and two wins. Jansen continues to shut the door for the Dodgers, and considering the staff in front of him, Jansen will see a good deal of action this postseason.
Holland has been as good as advertised this season. He is leading the majors with 40 saves and his 1.79 ERA/ 1.01 WHIP are among the best at the position. He has also fanned 70 batters in 50 innings of work. Holland will be a rock this fall for fantasy fans.
Kimbrel continues to dominate opposing hitters. He is leading the NL with 38 saves and his 0.92 WHIP is right on his career mark of 0.91. Kimbrel will be the number one closer to lean on down the stretch this fall.
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