Posts Tagged ‘Rafael Soriano’

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Closer Chronicle: Week 10

Performance enhancing drugs are dominating the baseball headlines again, but you won’t be seeing any of that stuff here. There have been no rumors that I know of linking any current closers to PEDs, so at least the fantasy saves category is safe for the time being. Two closers landed on the 15-day disabled list [...]