AL West Closer Report

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Articles

By David Kerr

AL West Closer Report

Texas Rangers

Neftali Feliz is in a similar boat as Chris Perez of the Indians is. He has a terrible strikeout to walk ratio of 1.33. He is getting the job done though, converting 19 saves in 23 attempts. There have been rumblings of Heath Bell to Texas (along with everywhere else). If Bell were to be traded to Texas, Feliz would probably still be the closer. Of course, if he faltered Texas would shift to Bell. That’s a lot of speculation, though. As of now Feliz is it.

Current Closer: Neftali Feliz

Los Angeles Angels

Even though he has blown six saves on the season to date, Jordan Walden has very good numbers and is entrenched as the Angels’ closer. He has 41 strikeouts in 39 innings and a nice WHIP of 1.18 to go along with his 2.77 ERA. The job is his and he should perform well the rest of the year.

Current Closer: Jordan Walden

Seattle Mariners

Brandon League has saved 23 games for the Mariners and will continue to pitch the ninth inning this season as long as he stays in an M’s uniform. He has decent numbers across the board and should be owned in all 12 team mixed or deeper leagues.

Current Closer: Brandon League

Oakland A’s

If healthy, Andrew Bailey should be one of the better closer’s in Major League Baseball. Since returning from a forearm injury at the end of May, Bailey has posted great numbers and should save quite a few games in the second half. He’s a must own in all formats.

Current Closer: Andrew Bailey

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