Kolb piled up 39 saves and posted an ERA of 2.98 in 57.1 innings, all while somehow only striking out 21 batters. For those of you dusting off your calculators, I'll save you a couple of seconds. That's a K/9 of 3.30. Kolb's success that year still sticks in my mind as amazing considering how few batters he actually struck out. But Kolb was the anomaly, not the rule as far as useful fantasy closers go.
So who are the anti-Kolb's (Top 10 in K/9 among relievers) so far in 2009? Heading the class is
Trailing Broxton is Atlanta's
Saves are a product of many different things, some of which are out of a closer's control. The one thing that the above closers can consistently contribute to fantasy teams is strikeouts, so always value them as pitchers that bring a little extra punch.