Closing Time 4/24: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday
Despite his string of successful save chances, it appears Bud Norris’s time as Cardinals closer may have been shortlived, with the team going with Norris in front of Greg Holland during Sunday’s game. Granted it was a 4 run game when Norris came in to start the 8th, it seems like a signal that the team is ready to move forward with Holland back in the role they signed him for. It’s still too early to make any moves based on just the one outing, but for those in leagues that saw Holland dropped, he’s worth a speculative add if you have the room. It was only a matter of time before the team went back to him, and despite the overall numbers looking less than ideal, he’s actually been pretty good in 4 out of his 6 outings. For now, both Holland and Norris should be owned, but Norris owners in non-hold leagues may want to look at selling off Norris while he still holds some value.
- So I guess Josh Hader is kind of the Brewers closer now. If I was 100% positive he was going to be the guy to see every opportunity here on out, he would be first on this list. I don’t think we will see that, as the rest of that bullpen has pitched well and Jacob Barnes and maybe Matt Albers could see some chances here and there. However, I’m holding out hope to see usage similar to Rasiel Iglesias last season for him going forward and he could have serious value if he keeps seeing these save chances.
- Speaking of Raisel Iglesias, I’m starting to like him as a buy-low candidate because let’s be honest, the Red’s will eventually win some games. Owners can be quick to judge players and his lack of production could get an overreaction from someone who has just lost patience in Iglesias and the Reds. While he only has 3 saves on the year, he’s been the same Iglesias from the past two season’s so far and could very well finish as a top 12 RP when all is said and done.
- Ken Giles lives to fight another day as the Astro’s closer as it seems like Chris Devenski’s usage was due to Giles dealing with a possible back problem. Giles came back and pitched well enough in two non-save situations this past weekend to suggest he will get the next save chance, but I’m still taking a believe it when I see it approach. The opportunity to buy low, however, seems to be disappearing by the minute. My guess is he will get 2 or 3 saves this week and find his way back into the top 10 next Tuesday, but that’s still to be determined.