This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Saves remain a key scoring category in most fantasy leagues, but many owners are shying away from spending large amounts of draft money or higher picks to acquire the saves necessary to stay competitive in the category. You can punt the category – tough to win without some production here – or you can work the waiver wire, shopping for cheap sources of saves. It's challenging, and the best values result from successful speculation where you can land a soon-to-be closer before your fellow owners.
Will the real closer sign in, please?
Even this early in the season, there are closer scenarios changing or at least potentially changing. Relief pitching has become an ever-increasing part of success in major league baseball. Very few teams have five reliable starters. In fact, there are teams that would be hardpressed to pencil in more than a couple of regular starting pitchers who can be expected to generate positive innings on a consistent basis. True quality relievers are becoming more important, but it's increasingly difficult to "save" that best guy for the ninth inning. What's a fantasy owner to do? How do you identify the guy on his way to end-game significance? Now, let's take a look at some closer assignments in the NL and see where they may be headed.
Some NL closer scenarios to keep an eye on:
- Philadelphia Phillies – Jeanmar Gomez opened the season as the Phillies' closer, but it didn't last long. After just a couple of weeks (and