Posts Tagged ‘Aroldis Chapman’

The Closer Chronicle: Week 23

The postseason picture is starting to take shape, and, I must say, it’s probably not what Bud Selig imagined when he added an extra wild card. Outside of a tight NL Central race and a two-horse race in the AL West, there’s very little intrigue. While the AL Wild Card race is still very much [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 22

And the baseball gods strike again. Cy Young contender Matt Harvey suffered a torn UCL that will sideline the Mets phenom for the rest of 2013, and quite possibly for 2014. On Wednesday, Harvey tweeted that he expects to be back for Opening Day ’14, indicating Tommy John surgery won’t be necessary. Then again, he [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 21

The fantasy playoffs are right around the corner in H2H formats, and I’ve noticed that the majority of teams contending for a title in my leagues have a stable group of closers holding things down. A reliable closer can go a long way in bringing down your team’s ERA and WHIP, while a shaky closer [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 20

Halfway through August, things are starting to get a little chippy out there. Already this week, we’ve seen something no one ever imagined possible: Three straight blown saves for the great one, Mariano Rivera. On the other end of the spectrum, we’ve see something most of us have gotten used to seeing: Another blown save [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 19

The Closer Chronicle lost a few good men in Week 19, as Bobby Parnell, Tom Wilhelmsen and Jose Cisnero were all removed from the closer totem pole. Parnell suffered a possible season-ending neck injury in New York, Wilhelmsen was a surprise demotion in Seattle, and Cisnero was a flop in Houston. That gives us three [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 18

Now that the trade deadline is a distant (one day) memory, it’s a little easier to predict the closer landscape going forward. Only one trade affected what you’re about to see below, as Jose Veras was dealt from the Astros to the Tigers in order to shore up Detroit’s backend of the bullpen. If you’re [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 17

An injury and a trade jumble up the Closer Chronicle rankings in Week 17, but no news is bigger news than in Pittsburgh, where Jason Grilli, my previous No. 1 closer, was forced to the 15-day DL with a right forearm strain. It’s a curveball to a Pirates team in search of its first postseason [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 16

With the All-Star Game behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the baseball, well, ahead of us. Although my rankings for this week aren’t dramatically different, I put a lot of extra thought into the roles of closers going forward. Kevin Gregg, for example, is a prime trade candidate. If he does get dealt, [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 15

A total of six closers will be taking their talents to the All-Star festivities in New York next week, as Aroldis Chapman, Jason Grilli, Craig Kimbrel, Joe Nathan, Glen Perkins and Mariano Rivera will all suit up for the mid-summer classic. Every one of the All-Star relievers except Glen Perkins – a rising Tier 2 [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 13

There’s so much closer shaking and moving going on I don’t know where to begin. How about in Detroit, where an oldie but a goodie not only lost his closing gig, but maybe his last shot in the bigs? Or how about in Boston, where a setup man turned closer lost his job for a [...]