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.
On Sunday afternoon, Clay Buchholz flirted with the second no-hitter of his career at Fenway Park. He carried that no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. Instead, Buchholz wound up going eight scoreless innings while striking out a career-high 11. He held the Rays hitless until he shattered Kelly Johnson’s bat with an 0-and-1 curveball to start the eighth. Johnson, who came into the game batting .182, was 0-for-9 lifetime against Buchholz and had been called out on strikes twice Sunday before that single. Buchholz will try to keep rolling next time out against the Royals in his next start.