Posts Tagged ‘Greg Holland’

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 [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 6

I came across an interesting debate on Twitter about the use of the saves in fantasy baseball on Sunday evening. Ray Flowers of Fantasy Alarm believes saves should be abolished, as closers have seemingly become more volatile by the year. I didn’t catch Flowers’ entire argument on SiriusXM Fantasy, but I would argue that closers [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 5

Raise your hand if you had Francisco Rodriguez leading all relievers in saves at the end of April. Now raise your hand if you had Huston Street in second place (tied). No one could have predicted this start to the 2014 season. Remember when the year was in its infancy and we were all high [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 4

Sergio Santos’ performance last Thursday pretty much summed up the state of the closer position in April. After it was announced that injured closer Casey Janssen (back) suffered a setback in recovery, substitute closer Santos imploded in celebration, walking three batters and throwing three wild pitches that resulted in three runs. It was Santos’ first [...]