Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Dale Thayer, Luke Gregerson, Brewers

by Nicholas Minnix on August 16, 2012 @ 12:50:25 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series gives you no-nonsense ratings of performances, injuries and managerial decisions in MLB bullpens. Get your arm loose: Let's find fantasy baseball players in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league who'll get saves.

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Milwaukee Brewers RP Kameron Loe
Loe on tap?

The San Diego Padres affirmed that Huston Street will need to spend more than the minimum 15 days on the disabled list because of his strained left calf. He's not expected to return before September.

Dale Thayer is where the money has gone and should go initially for saves seekers. He converted a save opp on Monday, so Bud Black will likely back him until things go awry, if they do.

Street is out indefinitely and tends to recover slowly, so this absence could last longer than his first of 2012 did. That would give Luke Gregerson owners and watchers some semblance of hope for save chances, eventually. He's been the better reliever this season, and Black already mentioned him as the other candidate for closing duties.

Gregerson would come into play if Thayer went through another rough patch, like he did at the tail end of May and in much of June.


On Wednesday, in his first appearance since he took a loss against the Houston Astros on Saturday, Jim Henderson received the call to protect a one-run advantage against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The right-hander struck out the first hitter he faced. Then, some hell broke loose. Henderson yielded back-to-back singles and then a two-run double that sent 'em to the exits.

The Milwaukee Brewers' committee approach hasn't gone any better than their sole-closer one did, in the early going. Henderson figured to receive a wakeup call sooner or later, so how he responds in his few outings - in any situations - should tell roto players how long to let their candles burn for him.

John Axford has made some small improvements, but they have yet to show up in his results. He remains the best bet for saves in this bullpen, but there's no predicting whether he'll hit, and fantasy players probably don't want to take the ERA and WHIP beating until they get better odds.

Don't be surprised if Kameron Loe or another reliever handles the next opp. If Loe succeeds, he should have some short-term run, and those in very deep leagues should consider getting a low-cost jump.

Other Wednesday saviors

Jim Johnson (35), Orioles
Rafael Soriano (29), Yankees
Jason Motte (27), Cardinals
Tyler Clippard (25), Nationals Surrendered unearned R after recording 2 outs
Greg Holland (4), Royals
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Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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