Every week I take a look at the going's on in the life of relief pitching in fake baseball. It has been a relatively slow week for closer turnover this week. As per the growing 2012 trend it seems that it is constantly in flux. So have a perusal of what I have to say about the closers, how I rank them and even a tiered ranking of the guys who set them up for holds. Happy save chasing.
- Jose Valverde fell down and went boom. He hasn't appeared in a game since last Tuesday. Benoit and Dotel have each garnered a save in that time. Jim Leyland likes to set-it and forget it so I am sure this situation is making him reach for his pack of Winston's. Jose figure to be available either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.
- The long awaited promotion of Aroldis Chapman to the closer role has finally come. To say he is dominant is an understatement. He is still unscored uponincluding the 7-0 inherited runners to zero scored rate. He also has allowed just 14 baserunners in over 22 innings. He has the stuff that makes closer's dominant, will the pressure of the 9th be the only problem, only time will tell. He has been ranked pretty aggressively in my rankings below.
- The situation in the Bronx became more obvious when D-Rob went on the DL. Soriano has got the reigns here and can run with this. He can become a step down from elite level fantasy contributor in the next couple of weeks by just garnering chances. The Yanks just need to get him some opportunities.
- In the other New York borough, the Mets are still hanging in there with Frank squared. He looks awkward out there and for fantasy purposes I would rather trust my sister than him to close out the ninth. Continue to monitor as he will crap all over your periphs and give you an occasional save.
- I have flip-flopped Papelbon and Axford due to Axford's high ERA. Unless someone can make an argument to say that the top three is or should be someone else.