Posts Tagged ‘Joe Nathan’

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 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 [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 2

Can I have a redo? The closer landscape was turned upside down in Week 1, with several closers losing their jobs – and some without even throwing a single pitch. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wins the tightest-lips award after surprising everyone and naming Francisco Rodriguez the closer over incumbent Jim Henderson. White Sox manager Robin [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 1

Hello, baseball. I’ve missed you. Despite your attempts to decimate every starting rotation this spring (sorry Braves and A’s fans), your arrival is an uplifting reminder — amidst busted brackets everywhere — that you truly are the only sport for me. I left off last year with a way-too early edition of the Closer Chronicle [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]