Posts Tagged ‘Aroldis Chapman’

Closer Chronicle: Week 13

Last Friday was one of the worst weeks for closers I can remember in a long time. Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Greg Holland, Kenley Jansen and Glen Perkins all allowed multiple runs and/or blew a save/earned a loss, and the elite closer hiccups carried over to the untouchable Koji Uehara on Sunday. All six closers [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 12

It was a light week in terms of closer turnover, so I’ll get into the big news first. Chicago’s Hector Rondon took the weekend off with elbow soreness, giving way to Neil Ramirez – who picked up two saves for the Cubs – but manager Rick Renteria said Rondon was available. The situation should be [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 11

Could we be witnessing the end of Joe Nathan? The closer with 354 career saves (ninth all time) has been abysmal for the Tigers, posting a 7.04 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and a 59.7 percent strand rate. He’s allowed two or more earned runs in four out of his last five appearances (10 runs total), and [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 10

Welcome back to the Closer Chronicle for Week 10. Week 10? Already? This season is flying by. The All-Star Game is a little over a month away, with heavy Twitter speculation on who should and should not start the mid-summer classic. Veteran hurlers’ Tim Hudson and Mark Buehrle both have a case in their respected [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 9

Hyun-Jin Ryu was six outs away from throwing a perfect game and making baseball history on Memorial Day, a day after Josh Beckett twirled his first no-hitter of his career and of the 2014 season. It would have been the first back-to-back no-no’s in baseball history, but Todd Frazier spoiled the fun with a single [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 8

Over the past seven days, there have been 16 blown saves in baseball, with 10 of them coming from current closers (11 if you count Luke Gregerson, who is in a bullpen by committee in Oakland). That’s down from 29 bad ones over the previous seven days, but plenty of factors do come into play [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 7

Welcome back, Aroldis Chapman. After suffering the spring’s scariest injury, the Reds closer made his 2014 debut on Sunday and put on a show for the home crowd. While we are used to seeing Chapman dominate the competition, it was fair to wonder if he’d be all the way back right away. On Sunday, we [...]

The Closer Chronicle: 2014 Rankings

Instead of a final ranking for 2013 (because that would be of little use with only four days left in the regular season), I’ve decided to look ahead with a *very* early set of 2014 rankings at the closer position. Some of it is guess work, but I’ve put a lot of thought into who’s [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 25

In case you missed it, Billy Hamilton went Ricky Henderson on the Astros last night, stealing four bases in his first career start for the Reds, including two thefts on pitchouts. The 23-year old speedster is up to nine steals in eight games, which is already the second most on the team. I was skeptical [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 24

Football season is here. To the hardcore baseball fan, it’s simply a reminder that postseason baseball is oh-so-close. Once the playoffs start, it’s anyone’s game, and that’s the same way you should approach the playoffs in fantasy baseball (if you play in any head-to-head leagues). Stream, stream and stream some more, and always have an [...]