Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Steve Cishek, Heath Bell, more

by Tim Heaney on September 19, 2012 @ 10:09:06 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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San Diego Padres RP Huston Street
Street re-opening soon

Steve Cishek surfaced to protect a three-run lead Tuesday night in the ninth inning, as he's done effectively for the Miami Marlins for much of the year. Unfortunately, the righty allowed a double and a walk to lead things off. After a K, he gave up a run-scoring single. He was then pulled for Mike Dunn, who gave up a two-run single to lose the advantage and steal a blown save away from Cishek.

Heath Bell later logged the win after registering a scoreless frame. The burly righty has allowed just one run in 8 1/3 September innings, to go with 11 K's and just one walk. Cishek, meanwhile, has been rough with a blown save and what was basically another one last night during a September in which he holds a 9.95 ERA.

Maybe Ozzie Guillen will consider, in this time of playing out the string, using Bell in save spots again to try to justify the right-hander's big deal and set him up for taking the role back for next year. Cishek has been great, but the organization might feel they owe Bell the gig, or at least the chance to finish the year on a positive note. It's not a guarantee, but it's strong enough a notion for save-starved owners to pluck Bell from the waiver wire.


Huston Street (calf) might rejoin the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Per scribe Corey Brock, manager Bud Black was "optimistic" over his closer's condition. Unless you're looking for help in ratios, a setup version of Luke Gregerson would become droppable if Street can return in a healthy fashion.


Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat) was cleared to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, but he got a little bit of extra rest because the game was postponed. He'll boot Brandon League from the interim stopper slot.


Tuesday marked another Matt Thornton-to-Addison Reed handoff for the Chicago White Sox. Thornton worked the eighth inning and stayed in to face lefty stick Alex Gordon in the ninth. He struck him out before Robin Ventura called upon the struggling Reed to get the job done. Reed forced Billy Butler to ground out and Salvador Perez to fly out.

The fact two righties were due up after the opening hitter laid it out perfectly for a committee approach, which asserts Thornton be owned where folks are desperate for every possible save.

Other Tuesday saviors

Jim Johnson (44), Orioles  
Jason Motte (36), Cardinals  
J.J. Putz (30), Diamondbacks  
Jonathan Broxton (26), Reds 3 G replacing Aroldis Chapman (shoulder): 0 R, 1 BB, 1 H, 2 K, 3 SV
Glen Perkins (12), Twins Gave up solo jack but fanned two, preserved 1-run lead
Andrew Bailey (5), Red Sox Sans 9/8 meltdown: 1 ER in 10 2/3 IP this year
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