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.
I’m going to post a grid of the bullpens in the league. I will highlight in blue those closers that are secure in their roles and/or have the skill set to remain the closer for the foreseeable future. Orange will represent the closers that have some issues, competition, etc that could prevent them from being a closer throughout the year. Red will represent those skating on thin ice, who lack the manager’s confidence or are part of a committee where we simply don’t yet know who will emerge. Before the grid, I will make some comments on certain situations that are worth remarking on.
I talked about Sean Doolittle in last week’s column and he’s done nothing but continue to be perfect. He’s moved up into the blue section and quite honestly, I’m not sure there’s a single closer in all of baseball I’d want more than him right now. Insane 48/1 strikeout to walk ratio, huge home ballpark and perhaps the best team in baseball playing 8 innings in front of him. Clearly he doesn’t have a lengthy track record yet but this is Craig Kimbrel or dare I say even Mariano Rivera type of performance. Jinx?
A great pitcher’s duel took place in Boston yesterday and when the Twins finally broke through with a run in the 10th, you thought it was over. Then Casey Fien came in…..wait a minute! Casey Fien? First report was Glen Perkins was unavailable with flu like symptoms. Ok, fair enough. Now we’re hearing sore back. Uh oh. I’m leaving Perkins in the blue category for now because maybe he simply had a crappy mattress in Boston. It’s a situation worth monitoring. A sore back hurts flexibility and can cause pitchers to leave balls up in the zone.
Zach Britton locked down the save in a shutout against the Rays but Tommy Hunter looked pretty good pitching two perfect innings in front of him. Britton has done nothing to lose the job but remember, it was Hunter’s before he went to the DL so it’s anyone’s guess what may happen if Britton blows a save or heaven forbid two.
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