August 28, 2013 posted by Patrick DiCaprio

Closer Identifier Algorithm Results Through August 26

Closer Identifier Algorithm Results Through August 26
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Here are this week’s results as of Monday. Last week we declared Ernesto Frieri a “hit” but we may have been a bit hasty on that. Houston’s pen is still in shambles, as both putative closers get “lose” statuses. A full analysis will follow at later today.


Pitcher CIA Result Comments
Jim Johnson Lose Despite a decent week, Johnson keeps his status.
Koji Uehara Hold Hard to believe there were people who thought he couldn’t close.
Addison Reed Auto Hold Reed got hammered yesterday in HOU, but has been great otherwise.
Chris Perez Hold As expected, he regained his “hold” status.
Joaquin Benoit Auto Hold Still perfect.
Greg Holland Auto Hold Still the best in our view.
Dane De La Rosa Hold In a purported job share with Frieri, De La Rosa has zero opportunities since 8/14, spanning six outings.
Ernesto Frieri Hold It appears to us he is back at the top of the pecking order, and 5 straight clean outings gets him back to “hold” status.
Glen Perkins Auto Hold One of CIA’s success stories this year-many thought he was not a legitimate closer.
Mariano Rivera Hold He’s back to safety.
Grant Balfour Auto Hold 33/34 in SV/SVO
Josh Fields Lose The team said it is going with a two-man committee: Fields and Lo. Lo got the first crack and stunk up the joint so consider it a one-man committee. Fields is very close to “hold” status.
Chia-Jen Lo Lose Walking more than you strike out is no way to go through life, son.
Danny Farquhar Auto Hold He is a machine, and arguably a top ten closer for next year. He looks to us like the second coming of Greg Holland.
Fernando Rodney Lose Gets upgraded this week from “auto lose.” His K/BB of 2.23 fails CIA minimums.
Joe Nathan Auto Hold He gets some votes for Baseball’s Best Closer.
Casey Janssen Auto Hold Janssen skirted “lose” status by a hair earlier this month, but is now well past that rough stretch.
National League
Brad Ziegler Auto Hold Is he still the closer? Has not had an opportunity since he blew a save on 8/12. Heath Bell got an SVO on 8/24, which he blew of course.
Craig Kimbrel Auto Hold Your new MLB saves leader.
Kevin Gregg Auto Lose Another week, another blown save.
Aroldis Chapman Auto Hold For some reason we feel like he should be even better than he is. 5 BS is a lot.
Rex Brothers Auto Hold Gets promoted with Betancourt’s unfortunate injury, and looks good the rest of the way.
Kenley Jansen Auto Hold He is legitimately a top five closer, and we would take him over Chapman for sure.
Steve Cishek Auto Hold Arguably fantasy’s best closer since the ASB.
Jim Henderson Auto Hold Mr. Underrated keeps chugging away in anonymity and excellence.
Bobby Parnell Auto Hold Probably done for the season.
Latroy Hawkins Auto Lose Goes from bad to worse this week. He cannot possibly hold the job; even Terry Collins is not that dumb. Well, after his handling of Mejia and Harvey, maybe he is.
Jonathan Papelbon Hold After a month with no saves he got two this week.
Mark Melancon Auto Hold One bad month in a major market changed his entire career arc. Seems unjust and ridiculous but he is probably not complaining.
Huston Street Auto Hold He has the best conversion rate since the beginning of last year. Not bad for a guy who gets no respect in fantasy circles.
Sergio Romo Auto Hold Mr. Consistency never has a bad week.
Edward Mujica Auto Hold The K/BB watch is back up to 14.33
Rafael Soriano Lose Has been badly overused lately, so maybe the rest will do him some good-he has not pitched since 8/23.
Carlos Marmol Kelvin Herrera??
John Axford Kyuji Fujikawa
Mitchell Boggs Jim Henderson
Shawn Camp Oliver Perez
Joaquin Benoit
Phil Coke??
Bruce Rondon??
Joel Hanrahan
Koji Uehara
Steve Cishek
Luke Gregerson
Mike Dunn
Tom Wilhelmsen
Francisco Rodriguez
Brandon League
Jose Valverde
Joe Smith
Andrew Bailey
Rex Brothers
Vinnie Pestano
Tom Wilhelmsen 2
Heath Bell
Ernesto Frieri

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