Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Carlos Marmol, Mark Melancon, Ryan Madson

by Tim Heaney on August 4, 2011 @ 10:56:55 PDT


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  • Houston Astros RP Mark Melancon
    Skilled but trapped
    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Ryan Madson was unavailable for the save chance Wednesday; the right-hander went to Los Angeles to be with is wife, who's expecting the couple's fourth child. The Philadelphia Phillies save went to none other than Brad Lidge, who threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning with a K.
    It was a promising outing from Lidge, but don't go chasing him in mixed leagues. Madson could return to the team today to resume his closer role.
  • In each of his last three save chances (coming in the last four days), Carlos Marmol has thrown a scoreless inning, fanning five hitters and allowing just one hit. Other than a three-run gaffe during an appearance when his Chicago Cubs were losing, Marmol has righted the ship since being returned to the stopper gig in late July.
  • Since his June 26 five-run blow-up, Mark Melancon has logged a 2.63 ERA with nine K's in 13 2/3 innings despite walking seven and yielding eight hits. The Houston Astros don't offer him many save opportunities, but he has converted all four chances in that window, as well.
    His useful skills are trapped on a disadvantageous team. Though Wilton Lopez, David Carpenter and even the recently acquired Josh Zeid could eventually be considered for closing, this will likely be Melancon's job heading into 2012, barring any other acquisitions.
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