May 27, 2014 posted by Patrick DiCaprio

Closer Identifier Algorithm Results May 27, 2014

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Here are the latest results:

Pitcher CIA Result Comments
Zach Britton Auto Hold He is terrible folks. It is only a matter of time before he blows up.
Joe Smith Hold He is downgraded this week and his SV/SVO is a poor 5/8, barely above the 60% cutoff.
Ernesto Frieri Auto Hold Still part of a job share, but probably has a slight leg up.
Chad Qualls Hold He will be fine going forward, only SVO is a big question mark.
Bryan Shaw Hold No SVO since 5-14 so his status in in question.
Cody Allen Auto Lose He has the only SVO since 5-19 so we include him but status is up for grabs.
Fernando Rodney Auto Hold Another tenuous ” auto hold” status as his K/BB barely exceeds the CIA minimum, and he has converted 9 of his last 10 so he barely gets top status.
Joakim Soria Auto Hold Arguably the bargain of the year among fantasy closers.
Grant Balfour Auto Lose If Joe Maddon has shown us anything it is that he will stick with bad pitchers in a closer role for a long time.
Koji Uehara Auto Hold You don’t get many SVO when your team loses 10 straight. Who knew that the team would be his only black mark?
Greg Holland Auto Hold He is great, but he is no longer the AL’s best in our view.
Joe Nathan Auto Hold There is an unavoidable degree of arbitrariness to CIA. Nathan sandwiched ten straight saves between two BS so he gets “auto hold” status even though the season record is not good.
Glen Perkins Auto Hold He is possibly the best closer in the AL.
Matt Lindstrom Auto Lose On the DL and so avoids the job loss. He avoids losing to CIA on a technicality.
David Robertson Auto Hold Came right back and has not missed a beat, vaulting right up the  upper rank of MLB closers. 
Casey Janssen Auto Hold He hasn’t blown a save yet, but his K rate is a disgraceful 4.50. Let’s hope he is working the kinks out.
Sean Doolittle Hold We rescinded the “hits” on him last week, and this week he disappointed us by walking a batter.
National League
Craig Kimbrel Hold K rate is at a career high, as if he wasn’t dominating enough.
Francisco Rodriguez Auto Hold Still the NL Saves leader
Trevor Rosenthal Lose He is getting very close to “hold” status, but the specter of a bad two week stretch in early May still colors his stats.
Hector Rondon Hold Drops to “hold” and has been mostly strong but this is an average closer skill set.
Addison Reed Auto Hold Jekyll and Hyde has been mostly Jekyll and converted 11 of his last 12 SVO.
Kenley Jansen Auto Hold His early season struggles seem like a million years ago and he has converted his last 11 SVO
Sergio Romo Auto Hold K rate on a four-year decline, which is worrisome.
Steve Cishek Auto Hold Every week he gets better and now his K rate is almost elite.
Jennry Mejia Auto Hold Like many young pitchers he is much better in the pen, and has yet to let up an ER since the move to the pen. Good for the Mets for figuring out a good solution.
Rafael Soriano Auto Hold More of the same, in that he has one of the worst skill sets but just doesn’t blow any saves.
Huston Street Auto Hold He has been excellent so far, and last year’s struggles have not carried over to 2014. 2013 was a HR fluke so if you have him at a bargain, kudos to you.
Jonathan Papelbon Auto Hold Skill set stinks again but as long as he keeps converting…
Jason Grilli Auto Lose Has only had one opportunity, but it looks like he has no share of the job right now, but we will wait one more week.
Mark Melancon Auto Hold He rose to the challenge in a huge way, converting five saves in eight days letting up only one hit.
Latroy Hawkins Auto Hold How he does it is beyond me. K rate is now 3.63 but his K/BB is almost at the cut off of 2.5.
Aroldis Chapman Auto Hold He hit 103 mph this week so he is back in fine fettle.
Jose Veras 
JJ Hoover
Jim Johnson
Jose Valverde
Shawn Kelley
Ernesto Frieri
Sergio Santos
Jonathan Broxton
Josh Fields
John Axford
Luke Gregerson
Brett Cecil
Tommy Hunter
Kyle Farnsworth



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