411 Question of the Week (1/14)


Who do you think is the most overrated closer heading into the 2010

It’s hard to pick on the all-time single-season saves record holder, who
has saved at least 35 games in each of the past five seasons, but the fact is
that K-Rod has been in decline for the past four seasons. Last year, he posted
career-worst marks in ERA, strikeout rate and walk rate, and while he held
opposing hitters to a .203 mark, that too was above his career average. He’s
still tough enough to hit that he’s unlikely to implode this year, but he’s
being drafted as high as the fifth closer off the board when in reality, on
skills, he barely cracks the top 10 at this stage.



Let me get this
straight. You leave Colorado
and go to LA and your numbers get considerably worse? Yes, I know he saved 18
more games than he did in Colorado,
but at what cost? Brian Fuentes went from 82 Ks in  62.2 IP in ’08 to 46 Ks in
55 IP in ’09. That is 36 less Ks in just over 7 less innings! His ERA went up
1.20 (2.73 to 3.93) and his WHIP .30 (1.10 to 1.40). With Rodney, Shields and
Bulger on board in LA for ’09, Fuentes is hands down the most overrated closer
in baseball.


Some might say the numbers don’t lie, but I personally have
a hard time viewing Ryan Franklin as a legitimate top shelf stopper. I know he
improved his ERA from 3.55 in 2008 to 1.92 in 2009 and lowered his WHIP from
1.47 to 1.20, but let’s not forget about the awful September (three blown saves
and 7.56 ERA) and his lack of overpowering stuff.  The fact that the Cards were ready to hand
the closer job to Jason Motte at the start of last season should tell you
something. On average, Franklin’s
being taken 14th among relievers on mockdraftcentral.com (ahead of
Wagner, Aardsma, Soriano and Street) and is ranked in the top 10-12 on many
other websites. Would I draft him as my #1 closer? Not a chance.



who would you rate in the top 2 or 3 in the NL? I have Broxton at #1 especially for a keeper league. Also what kind of season do you expect from Hawpe this year? I’m having a hard time projecting his value this year.

Mike and Cory which players on the cleveland indians can have an impack in fantasy baseball in 2010? Name:Kenny Hometown: Elyria. Ohio

Broxton! I concur.


Broxton’s definitely #1 among NL closers. For second and third I’ll say Bell and K-Rod, despite his mediocre ’09.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: