07 April 2006

Closers- Update

This will be my new format for monitoring closers.

Arizona- Jose Valverde has a good hold on the job, but is an injury risk.
Atlanta- Chris Reitsma does nothing for me- look for Joey Devine eventually.
Baltimore- Chris Ray looks great so far...could be a top tier closer.
Boston- Jonathan Papelbon has been huge for the Red-Sox...still a slight chance Keith Foulke earns his job back- monitor this.
Chicago AL- Bobby Jenks has talent, but had a horrible spring. Bob Howry next?
Chicago NL- Ryan Dempster could just have turned his career around by going into the bullpen.
Cincinnati- David Weathers isn't my favorite closer...but is there anyone else?
Cleveland- Bob Wickman is not a fit closer- look for Rafael Betancourt eventually.
Colorado- What, a closer effective in Coors?! Brian Fuentes is for real, but could struggle for save opp's.
Detroit- Fernando Rodney should run with the job.
Florida- Don't worry that Joe Borowski isn't that good...neither are the Marlins- not many saves nor opp's here.
Houston- No qualms here- Brad Lidge is the man.
Kansas City- LA AL- He may be worked, but Francisco Rodriguez is a stud.
LA NL- Eric Gagne is hurt again- Good thing for Danys Baez!
Milwaukee- Derrick Turnbow has emerged as an elite closer.
Minnesota- Joe Nathan's smooth sailing ship continues.
NY AL- Mariano Rivera.
NY NL- Wagner blew his first save and stole Mo's music! My guess is he's fine.
Oakland- Huston Street is the next Mariano Rivera.
Philadelphia- Tom Gordon is good, quite good.
Pittsburgh- Mike Williams should develop and emerge, but monitor the situation.
San Diego- Trevor Hoffman should have a similarly steady Trevor Hoffman year.
San Francisco- Tim Worrell isn't Armando Benitez, but one of 'em will get saves.
Seattle- Eddie Guardado is steady, but could get injuried any day. Watch J.J. Putz
St. Louis- Jason Isringhausen- see Seattle's Guardado.
Tampa Bay- Dan Miceli huh? See Cincy's Weathers.
Texas- Francisco Cordero is the Alfonso Soriano of closing, but he'll get alot of saves.
Toronto- B.J. Ryan may be a tad overrated, but JUST a tad.
Washington- Chad Cordero won't get the same save spots this year, but is a stud.

1 Responses to “Closers- Update”

NoPepperGames said...
4/07/2006 8:36 PM

I don't like to parrot Karabell at espn.com, but Papelbon came in when it mattered for Boston. Could be interesting. Also, it's Mike Gonzalez in Pit. Cleveland will (I believe) pass it on to Cabrera, not Betancourt. And Rodney in Detroit isn't all that solid - Jones could be back in 10 days. But I LOVE your description of F. Cordero. Perfect.

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