2019 Fantasy Baseball: Weekly Closer Report
Weekly Closer Report
In Shawn Childs' Weekly Closer Report, he highlights the production and potential of many bullpens across the league. Click here to view the weekly closer depth chart if you prefer a more visual medium.
As the Fantasy schedule turns to September, I’m going to only write about the bullpens with possible changes in the closing job while updating the closer grid.
Boston Red Sox
Brandon Workman remains the closer for Boston, but his command started to fade over the last ten days. Over this span, Workman pitched 6.1 innings with a 4.26 ERA, seven walks, and 13 Ks while converting three of his four save tries. Since taking over the ninth inning for the Red Sox after the All-Star break, he’s been successful in seven of nine saves with a 3.00 ERA and 34 Ks over 21 innings. Darwinzon Hernandez blossomed as a reliever for Boston in his previous six appearances (no runs over seven innings with two walks and 14 Ks) setting the stage for some save chances over the second half of September. His arm is electric if he continues to throw strikes.
Over his previous six games, Raisel Iglesias put his closing job at risk after allowing six runs, 11 baserunners, and two home runs over 3.2 innings with seven Ks. He blew two of four saves while picking up a loss in three contest. On the year, Iglesias failed in five of his 33 save opportunities. Michael Lorenzen should be the next man up after posting a 0.71 ERA with 15 Ks over his last 12.2 innings. Robert Stephenson is a dark horse for saves in Cinci as well after pitching at a high level over the previous month (no runs over ten innings with four hits and 12 Ks.
Saves have been a problem in Colorado for well over a month due to many losses. Jairo Diaz had the last save chance, but he allowed a run and two baserunners in his one inning of work leading to a blown save and a win. Over the previous week, he tossed three innings with 3.00 ERA and four Ks. Diaz will get the next save chances for the Rockies. Carlos Estevez has 4.50 ERA and seven Ks over his last eight innings. Wade Davis looked better in his previous four appearances (one run over four innings with three Ks).
Over his last three games, Joe Jimenez served up a home run in each game while also allowing four other baserunners over three innings. In each of these failures, he did not pitch in a save situation. His job is at risk. Based on the previous two weeks, Jose Cisnero may emerge as the closer for the Tigers late in the year. He has 1.42 ERA over his last 6.1 innings with nine Ks with seven saves on his 2019 resume at AAA.
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