Posts Tagged ‘Joe Nathan’

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 [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 12

Change is in the air. With fresh faces making an impact across the league seemingly every day – like the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, the Rays’ Wil Myers and the Mets’ Zack Wheeler – baseball has received a much needed youth distraction in the midst of the largest PED scandal in the sport’s long and well [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 11

It’s been an exciting week of baseball, from a bench clearing brawl between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks to the debut of a former No. 1 pick in Pittsburgh. The closer landscape didn’t change too much, but there are a couple of fresh faces at the bottom with the return of an injured closer in Milwaukee [...]