August NL East Closer Report

Posted: August 21, 2011 in Articles

By David Kerr

NL East Closer Report

Between today and tomorrow, I will be posting Closer Reports for all 30 teams. Headed down the stretch you may need a closer to pick up a few saves. I hope I will be able to help you out and get you one step closer to victory!

NL East

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have two realistic options to close, Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo. Even after an epic meltdown against the Nationals on Friday night, Madson is still the closer in Philly. He has had a few hiccups in the past week, but I’m confident that they were just blips on the radar and he will have a strong September. If he does continue to struggle though, keep your eyes on Bastardo. He is next in line for Philadelphia.

Current Closer: Ryan Madson

Atlanta Braves

With 39 saves and 101 strikeouts, Craig Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball. There are zero question’s in Atlanta.

Current Closer: Craig Kimbrel

Washington Nationals

Drew Storen has been rock solid all season and should continue that the rest of the way. He’s the Nationals closer for the foreseeable future.

Current Closer: Drew Storen

New York Mets

Jason Isringhausen finally reached 300 saves, but he may not save many more games this season. Isringhausen isn’t very good at this point and Bobby Parnell should see most of the closing opportunities between now and the end of the season. If I had a choice between the two, I’d definitely want to own Parnell. That being said, this is a situation I’d want to stay away from unless absolutely necessary. These type of situation’s are frustrating for fantasy owners and should be used as a last resort.

Current Closer(s): Bobby Parnell, Jason Isringhausen

Florida Marlins

Even while sporting an ERA over 4.00, Leo Nunez has saved 33 games for Florida. There were rumblings of him being traded at the deadline last month, but nothing came to fruition. He should save another 10 games for the Fish this year.

Current Closer: Leo Nunez

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