MLB Closer Report: Zach Britton, Jenrry Mejia, and More

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Each and every week FFLockerRoom will be here to update you on what might be going on in the bullpens around Major League Baseball. This report could potentially highlight closers on their last legs (and therefore ones you may want to sell quickly) as well as recognizing the set up men that might be on the verge of taking over the role (and therefore should be scooped up if on the waiver wire). These players will have an impact on most 2014 Fantasy Baseball rosters and transactions can make or break your season. Utilizing this list along with the FFLockerRoom 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings will help you in determining if you’re good to go in the bullpen or if it might be time to make a move.

Titanium:

Craig Kimbrel, ATL

Koji Uehara, BOS

Kenley Jansen, LAD

Greg Holland, KC

Kimbrel last blew a save on May 9th and the way he is pitching of late, it looks like it will be way over a month until he blows his next save. Over the past week Kimbrel has converted both of his saves and has stuck out six batters without allowing a hit or walk. This is the pitcher you drafted and there is little doubt that he will continue this for the rest of the season as long as he stays healthy. David Carpenter is still the most likely handcuff for Kimbrel in the event that the shoulder trouble Kimbrel faced earlier in the year resurface.

Uehara continues to dominate hitters with his splitter. Although there will always be questions about his health due to his age and injury history he is one of the more dominate closers. He has converted 11 save opportunities in a row this season. He has a miniscule WHIP (0.87) and ERA (0.87). His splitter and fastball velocities have both dropped by about 1.5 MPH but he is striking out 39.7% of batter he faces. Junichi Tazawa is still next on the depth chart.

Jansen is still an elite closer. He continues to produce both saves and Ks. Outside of a disastrous outing on May 11th where he gave up three ERs in 1/3 of an inning, Jansen has been lights out. His ERA and WHIP do not look great but they are inflated by a career-worst strand rate (76.2%) and BABIP (.389). His 2.14 FIP suggests that ERA relief will happen. Chris Perez has been struggling mightily to the tune of six ERs over his past 2.1 innings. Brian Wilson has been much better of late but is still not a threat to Jansen.

Not much is going well for the Kansas City Royals besides their bullpen, which is anchored by Greg Holland. Holland has earned a save in his past seven opportunities and sports a 1.93 ERA for the season. Converted started Wade Davis, part of the return in the Wil Myers trade, is one of the top set-up men in baseball. Over his last 11 IPs, Davis has not allowed an ER, has a 0.55 WHIP, a 16.36 K/9, and five holds. The main trouble with Holland and Davis is that the Royals are not winning many games but at least when they do they usually afford a save/hold opportunity.

Page through to see the next Tier of closers worth considering in fantasy baseball.