Saturday, September 1, 2012

One Last Chance To Pick Up A Closer

With Kenley Jansen going down again with a heart ailment the Closer situation is a bit muddled for the Dodgers. At this time there is no time table for Jansen’s return. What Mattingly has said is the Closer job will be between former Closer Brandon League and set up man Ronald Belisario.

Over the past few days Belisario has picked up 1 save and League pitched the ninth in a non save situation. Last night both pitched in an extra inning game.

For the season, League has the most Saves and has been a Closer in the past, so he has the experience. Belisario has the much better peripherals. Belisario has a 2.65 ERA and a 1.03 compared to League’s 4.91 ERA and a 1.454 WHIP. Belisario has the 8.1K/9 ratio while League has a 6.6K/9 on the season.

If you are in desperate need to move up in Saves in your league or are heading into your H2H playoffs next week I would grab Belisario first base solely on his other counting stats. I have in one league. If Belisario has already been scooped up League is worth a roster spot until a clear cut Closer emerges. Currently Belisario is owned in 15% of leagues while Brandon League is owned in 45%.  This may be your last chance to pick up a closer before the season ends so act quickly.

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