Challenge of Chasing Saves


Its only the second week of the marathon that is the major league baseball season and fantasy owners are already chasing saves on the waiver wire. With such a small sample size, it is difficult for fantasy owners to know who to grab. We have already seen Carlos Marmol and Jon Axford be removed from their responsibility as closer.  Mitchell Boggs has been awful filling in for Jason Motte in St. Louis. Rafael Soriano has been shaky, but he's 5-for-6 in save opportunities. Soriano had pitched three days in a row last week, so Drew Storen filled in last Friday and promptly blew a save. Tyler Clippard has not come close to his 2012 impressive performance. Sergio Romo took his first blown save and loss after giving up two runs in the ninth inning against the Cubs last Friday. Santiago Casilla has been very impressive and earned a a six-out save in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy owners are guilty of panicking in April and when it comes to chasing saves, patience is key. In the case of Marmol and Axford, both pitchers had extremely short leashes after dreadful 2012 campaigns. Whether Kyuji Fujikawa and Jim Henderson can stay in the ninth inning role is unknown. Don't be surprised if  Marmol and Axford get their jobs back. There are just a handful of closers that are somewhat safe these days. So, stay patient with the closers you do have on your roster and don't waste big amounts of your FAAB budget chasing saves.                     

 MLB News & Notes

  • Carl Crawford went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Monday's loss to the Padres. Crawford is batting .396 through 13 games played, hitting a home run while stealing a couple bases. I don't know if he is an elite fantasy player, but he is certainly back. I would like to see the stolen base totals to go up to put Crawford back in that elite tier.
  • Eric Stults kept the Dodgers to three runs on nine hits in six innings in Monday6-3 win over the Dodgers. Don't run to the waiver wire for Stults, but he is serviceable in a spot start from time to time.
  • Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a double and a run in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Padres. Kemp is off to a slow start this year, but fantasy owners need to take a deep breath. Kemp still has 30/30 potential
  • Brett Lawrie (oblique) will make his season debut Tuesday against the White Sox. Despite playing second base in a few games during his rehab assignment, Lawrie will play third base for the Blue  Jays.
  • Huston Street recorded his second save of the season Monday, throwing a scoreless inning in a win over the Dodgers.
  • Tommy Milone improved to 3-0 with another quality start at Coliseum Monday. He limited the Astros to two runs over 6 2/3 innings in the A's victory. Milone is underrated because he does not throw hard, but he pitches in a great pitchers park and the AL West. He might be sitting on the waiver wire in your league and is worth picking up in AL-Only leagues and deep mixed leagues.
  • Edward Mujica might be tried at closer according to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. Mitchell Boggs has been awful in place of  Jason Motte and Trevor Rosenthal has struggled in a setup role.
  • Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) could be placed on the 15-day disabled list. Andrew Bailey filled in for Hanrahan on Monday and promptly blew the save opportunity by allowing an RBI single to Ben Zobrist.