Posts Tagged ‘Kenley Jansen’

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 [...]

Carlos Beltran walks off

In a game that lasted 4:47, Carlos Beltran padded his already illustrious post season statistics. Not only did he drive in all 3 of the Cardinals runs to take Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, but he gunned down Mark Ellis from right field to end the inning after Ellis hit a one [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]