Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Addison Reed, Matt Thornton

by Nicholas Minnix on September 18, 2012 @ 10:35:32 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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Chicago White Sox RP Addison Reed
Reed still in the lead?

On Monday, Tim revisited the recent struggles of one Addison Reed, who entering the week had given up at least one run in seven of his last nine appearances. Last night, the Chicago White Sox may have discovered the secret to getting a positive appearance from their closer, however.

Brett Myers pitched the eighth, setting down the Detroit Tigers 1-2-3 with a couple of ground-outs followed by a fanning. To open the top of the ninth, Motown sent left-handed-hitting pinch batsman Quintin Berry to the dish to lead off. Interestingly enough, the righty faced (and retired) Berry, too.

Then Myers gave way to southpaw Matt Thornton, apparently because Detroit sent another sub hitter to the plate: lefty batter Andy Dirks. Thornton struck out the Tiger before giving way to Reed, who would face Austin Jackson and get him to fly out.

The rookie had the final say, but it sure looks like Robin Ventura handled his biz by committee on that particular night. Don't rush to judgment (like CHS is doing, right now!), but be on guard. Reed would have an edge in such an arrangement, but Thornton's ownership would become much more justifiable in mixed leagues.

Other Monday saviors

Craig Kimbrel (37), Braves Didn't strike out multiple batters for 1st time in 9 appearances
Joel Hanrahan (36), Pirates Bounced back from rough Sat. SV vs. same Chicago Cubs
Jonathan Papelbon (35), Phillies
Sergio Romo (12), Giants Received 2-out handoff from Javier Lopez, who took 1-out handoff from Santiago Casilla
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