NL West Closer Report

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Articles

By David Kerr

NL West Closer Report

San Francisco Giants

Brian Wilson has picked up 26 saves so far this season and should be a lock for 40. He was somewhat shaky before the All-Star break, but should straighten himself out. I don’t foresee a circumstance in which he loses his job, but keep an eye out to make sure he is converting on a regular basis.

Current Closer: Brian Wilson

Arizona Diamondbacks

The surprising Arizona Diamondbacks went through most of the first-half with J.J. Putz at the helm in the ninth inning. He had recorded 21 saves, with a sparkling 1.01 WHIP and almost a strikeout per inning. He was placed on the disabled list with David Hernandez assuming the closer duties. Since the beginning of July, Hernandez has recorded five consecutive saves and has certainly got the job done. When Putz returns, which should be within two weeks, the job will be his. If he has any type of set back though, Hernandez will continue filling in. He is definitely worth owning even after Putz comes back, at least until Putz proves his health.

Current closer: David Hernandez

Other options: J.J. Putz (on D.L.)

Colorado Rockies

Huston Street is Colorado’s closer and there’s no reason to think that will change. He has 26 saves, a nice ERA of 3.21 and 40 strikeouts in 42 innings.

Current Closer: Huston Street

Los Angeles Dodgers

What a mess. The Dodgers have changed closer’s so many times this season that I have lost count. As of right now their closer is Javy Guerra. He has saved their last three chances and should be in the saddle to continue unless he has a meltdown. Jonathan Broxton has a chance to return this season, but even if he does, DO NOT count on anything from him. He will be irrelevant.

Current Closer: Javy Guerra

Other options: Kenley Jansen, Matt Guerrier

San Diego Padres

As of now Heath Bell is the man in San Diego. The trade deadline is in 14 days. Personally, I think Heath Bell will be traded to a contender that needs a solid closer. If that’s the case, in steps Mike Adams. But wait, what if he gets traded? This is where it gets somewhat tricky. If both Bell and Adams leave, I would assume Luke Gregerson would get the call. I think only one or the other will be dealt and my feelings are that Bell will find a new home.

Current Closer: Heath Bell

Other options: Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson

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