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Closer Stats

Closers are an obsession of the fantasy class. No matter what the Todd Jones and Salomon Torres and Bob Wickmans tell us about the skill set needed to be a successful closer, we cannot stop trying to guess who the next undrafted free agent pick-up will be who turns into a $20 player mid-round draft pick.

Here is a list of current NL closers/Closers-To-Be. However, this is sorted by K/9 and includes each pitcher's BAA. What's it say? Something I'm sure. What that something is is open to interpretation.

Are the BAA's abnormally low for closers? Are the K/9 predictive of job stability?

Name TM K/9 BAA
FranciscoCordero MIL 12.8 0.077
BrettMyers PHI 12.3 0.238
TakashiSaito LAD 10.9 0.188
TomGordon PHI 10.9 0.308
ArmandoBenítez SF 10.3 0.245
JoséValverde ARI 9.5 0.234
RyanDempster CHC 9.0 0.159
DanWheeler HOU 9.0 0.203
DavidWeathers CIN 8.5 0.176
BillyWagner NYM 8.5 0.169
KevinGregg FLA 8.3 0.195
RafaelSoriano ATL 8.0 0.119
ChadCordero WAS 7.9 0.31
TrevorHoffman SD 7.7 0.164
MikeGonzález ATL 6.9 0.246
BobWickman ATL 6.7 0.229
JasonIsringhausen STL 6.6 0.154
SalomónTorres PIT 6.4 0.25
BrianFuentes COL 6.2 0.159
JonRauch WAS 6.0 0.203
HenryOwens FLA 6.0 0.225