NL East Closer Report

Posted: July 16, 2011 in Articles

By David Kerr

NL East Closer Report

With all the of the trade talk involving relievers lately, I wanted to go through all 30 MLB teams and check out their closing situations. I’ll go division by division based on current record. NL today, AL tomorrow.

NL East

Philadelphia Phillies

Right off the bat, we start with a team that has a big question mark regarding their closer. Brad Lidge was set to start the season at the Phillies closer. When he got hurt, the job went to Jose Contreras. He also went down with injury and the job became Ryan Madson’s. All was well, until once again he was hurt. Call in Antonio Bastardo. In Madson’s absence he recorded three saves. All in all, Phillie closer’s have done remarkably well, only blowing ONE save combined. Looking ahead, Contreras is irrelevant. He has been shut down and he may not pitch again this season. Bastardo has moved back to a setup role, but it is being reported that he still may see some save chances. Ryan Madson will be the one getting most of the chances and after proving he is healthy he will be the full time closer. Brad Lidge will more than likely be a setup man unless Madson flounders. BUT… there is another option. There is word that Philadelphia has interest in Heath Bell. If that’s the case, he WILL be the closer at some point. Ryan Madson has done well, but Heath Bell would definitely be an upgrade. If the Phillies traded for Bell, I’m not sure they would immediately name him the closer, but I think by season’s end he will be locking down the ninth inning.

Current Closer: Ryan Madson

Other options: Antonio Bastardo, Brad Lidge, outside source (Heath Bell)

Atlanta Braves

There isn’t too much to discuss here. Craig Kimbrel is the closer and has done a fine job. He is their ninth inning guy,

Current Closer: Craig Kimbrel

New York Mets

After Francisco Rodriguez was traded on Tuesday, the Mets say they are basically using a committee. Bobby Parnell, Jason Isringhausen, and Pedro Beato are all in line for saves, but if I’m looking long term, I’d want Parnell. He should emerge as the clear cut closer and definitely help out 12 team mixed leagues and deeper.

Current Closer(s): Bobby Parnell, Jason Isringhausen, and Pedro Beato

Washington Nationals

After earning his first save on April 17, Drew Storen has went on to convert 23 totals saves. He is the Nationals closer and should hold the role all year barring injury.

Current Closer: Drew Storen

Florida Marlins

There have been rumblings of Leo Nunez being traded. Until that does actually happen he will hold down the ninth inning for the Marlins. He has accumulated 25 saves for Florida, but if he is traded, he will more than likely be a setup man. If you can deal him, do it now. In the event that Nunez is dealt, Mike Dunn would presumably take over the closer’s role.

Current Closer: Leo Nunez

Other Options: Mike Dunn

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