Closer Report: Midseason awards
Back in March, there was little indication fantasy owners would need to pay attention to -- or own -- the likes of Kevin Gregg, Koji Uehara and Francisco Rodriguez, but here we are days before the All-Star break and those guys are certainly a whole lot of relevant. Look around at the closer landscape and so much has changed. Edward Mujica is on pace for 45 saves, a 100-loss Houston Astros club might get its closer 30 of them and latest word from Arizona is that Byung-Hyun Kim is back in the mix for saves. What in the name of Oliver Perez is going on?
Anyway, now seems like a wise time to take stock in what we’ve learned from a fantasy aspect when it comes to that most frustrating of statistics, the save, and look ahead. One doesn’t need to pitch like a champ to earn them -- see Jose Valverde, Brandon League or Heath Bell. And one could pitch like a champ and still not earn them -- see Trevor Rosenthal or All-Star Steve Delabar -- so it’s easy to note things are ever-changing.