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Fantasy Baseball: NL Closers Projections For 2009

Here are the Bill James projections for the NL closers I wrote about on Sunday afternoon.

Player

INN

S

ERA

WHIP

K/9

BB/9

CMD

Lidge Brad RP PHI

70

39

3.26

1.14

12.34

3.99

8.36

Broxton Jonathan RP LA

70

30

3.03

1.09

11.19

3.47

7.71

Rodriguez Francisco RP NYM

66

43

2.9

1.06

11.59

4.09

7.5

Valverde Jose RP HOU

72

43

3.42

1.11

10.88

3.63

7.25

Bell Heath RP SD

72

0

3.16

1.09

9.25

2.75

6.5

Street Huston RP COL

70

28

2.9

1

9.13

2.7

6.43

Cordero Francisco RP CIN

68

34

3.53

1.2

10.19

3.84

6.35

Gonzalez Mike RP ATL

45

26

3.19

1.14

10.4

4.2

6.2

Hoffman Trevor RP Mil

42

41

2.94

0.96

8.14

2.14

6

Capps Matt RP PIT

47

29

3.2

1.01

6.89

1.15

5.74

Marmol Carlos RP CHC

87

8

3.55

1.22

10.03

4.76

5.27

Qualls Chad RP ARI

77

30

3.52

1.15

7.36

2.57

4.79

Hanrahan Joel SP WAS

77

25

4

1.29

8.18

3.51

4.67

Perez Chris RP STL

48

8

3.9

1.37

10.5

6.19

4.31

Wilson Brian RP SF

63

46

3.74

1.3

8.86

4.57

4.29

Lindstrom Matt RP FLA

61

27

4.51

1.43

7.97

4.43

3.54

It is obvious from the table above that James calculated his projections prior to Kerry Wood and Trevor Hoffman leaving the Cubs and Padres. The projections for Heath Bell and Carlos Marmol are incomplete, but you can safely assume, they will save close to 30 games apiece, barring injury or losing the closer job. Then again, with the volatility with closers performances from year to year, it wouldn't surprise me to see either lose the closer job in 2009.