It's Not How You Start...
August 30th Relief Rankings
This will be my last Relief Rankings for the 2012 season. It's been fun and although Craig Kimbrel has been my number one guy all season it will not end that way. Like they say; it's not how you start, it's how you finish. For Aroldis Chapman it will be on top as he will be my number one closer down the stretch. I have taken a few weeks off from my rankings mostly because standard leagues have passed the trade deadline and I figure my rankings did more good when you were looking to move pieces around, not when you should have everything intact for the final month. I hope this list, along with my Hitter and Pitcher Ranks, leads you to fantasy glory.
3. Rafael Soriano NYY (7)
4. Fernando Rodney TB (4)
5. Jason Motte STL (6)
6. Jonathan Papelbon PHI (11)
7. Joel Hanrahan PIT (5)
8. J.J. Putz ARI (13)
9. Ernesto Frieri LAA (8)
10. Greg Holland KC (19)
Holland has been on fire since taking over the closing job. In games that he's pitched in, as the closer, the Royals are undefeated. He has 69 strikeouts in 54 innings this year. A 1.41 WHIP is what's keeping him out of my top 7. The biggest question is: will he be a top 10 closer at the start of next season?
My initial thought on Holland is that he will be just outside of the top 10 entering the 2013 season. Then I dove into the sabermetrics a little more. What I found was pretty interesting. Holland has a .350 BABIP this year; however, he does have a 4.50 BB/9 rate. It may be the jitters early on for the 26 year old closer getting his first real taste of closing duties but until he can get that WHIP under 1.20 he'll be outside my top 10 next season.
Kenley Jansen falls 17 spots this week due to an irregular heartbeat. He missed 4 weeks last season due to the same health concern forcing him to take blood thinners. If he has to take the same blood thinners there is a good chance he'll be done for the season.
Things could not be anymore upside down in Beantown right now. Bailey has the skills to hold the job but management will not cut him lose yet. Expect some off days from here on out which means Aceves still has some more saves coming his way this year... Yuck!!!
I have another tie at 30 this week. Street is set to return this weekend and although Thayer is pitching well this is going to be a toss up. My gut says Street due to his current 20.1 scoreless innings streak. Good luck the rest of the year. If you have any questions find me on Twitter @Awies28
August 30th, 2012
August 30th, 2012