Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Bobby Parnell, Jose Valverde, Giants, Joe Nathan

by Tim Heaney on October 1, 2012 @ 10:05:49 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.

Mound meetings

Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde
Papa Grande was sick

Mystery solved: Jose Valverde sat out Thursday's Detroit Tigers save chance due to illness.

He said before Friday's contest that he was sore but ready to return. He did so Saturday and Sunday, each night recording a scoreless frame and logging a closure.

He's now at 34 wrap-ups, a decent number that should in theory boost his case on the free-agent market that he's likely to test as a newly minted Scott Boras client.


New York Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed before Friday's game that Bobby Parnell would close for the remainder of the season with Frank Francisco (elbow) injured. Parnell notched his sixth save of the year Friday night during a clean, one-strikeout inning. Grab him immediately.


Santiago Casilla re-entered the San Francisco Giants' closing picture Friday when he worked around two hits to register a scoreless two-out save, the 25th of 2012 for the former chairman. Don't go running to get him as the season closes, though. Bruce Bochy said primary plug Sergio Romo got the night off after slamming the door Thursday.

Romo, by the way, came back Sunday with a scoreless inning and his 13th save of the year.


Joe Nathan blew a save in Game 1 of Sunday's Texas Rangers twin bill but rebounded with a scoreless IP in the second contest for a successful conversion. He'll probably be rested Monday, at least, and Alexi Ogando would be the likely stopper if you're desperate to capture one off the waiver wire.

Other notable weekend saviors

Jim Johnson 2 (50), Orioles  
Craig Kimbrel 2 (42), Braves Not MLB SV leader, but certainly the most skilled CL
Chris Perez (39), Indians  
Jonathan Papelbon (38), Phillies  
Aroldis Chapman (37), Reds  
Addison Reed (29), White Sox  
Ernesto Frieri 2 (23), Angels  
Grant Balfour (22), Athletics  
Casey Janssen (21), Blue Jays  
Glen Perkins (16), Twins  
Brandon League (15), Dodgers Dying playoff hopes keeping Kenley Jansen from SVO
Wilton Lopez (9), Astros 2 R (1 ER) on 2 H, but got job done in 4 outs
Kelvin Herrera (3), Royals 2 H, 1 BB, but the intriguing RHP escaped
Craig Stammen (1), Nationals Sewed up 10th after Drew Storen BS
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