Closer Report: Felix Bautista, Rafael Montero, Andres Munoz (2022 Fantasy Baseball)
Welcome back to the latest edition of the closer report. We have seen a plethora of either injuries or closer changes as of late in a number of different bullpens.
Here is a look at my latest chart:
|Rank||Team||Closer||Change from last week||Notes|
|2||Blue Jays||Jordan Romano||0|
|9||White Sox||Liam Hendriks||2|
|11||Astros||Rafael Montero||-4||Ryan Pressly on the IL|
|16||Padres||Luis Garcia||-13||Josh Hader removed from closer role|
|17||Mariners||Paul Sewald||2||Andres Munoz worth monitoring|
|19||Yankees||Committee||-10||Clay Holmes on the IL|
Biggest Risers and Fallers
The biggest riser was Felix Bautista, who is coming off a pair of dominant innings against the White Sox on Thursday. Bautista has settled nicely into the Orioles’ closer role following the Jorge Lopez trade at the deadline, tossing scoreless appearances in eight of his last nine outings while posting a 1.62 ERA on the season in a breakout year.
The biggest fallers were the Padres and Yankees situations for different reasons, with Clay Holmes landing on the injured list and Josh Hader being removed from the closer role.
Aroldis Chapman had looked like he was turning a corner with nine straight scoreless appearances but then gave up runs in back-to-back appearances and has not pitched since August 19th. We can expect both Jonathan Loaisiga and Wandy Peralta to potentially see save chances with Scott Effross also placed on the injured list.
In San Diego, Hader’s struggles with the Brewers carried over to San Diego, which led to Padres manager Bob Melvin giving Hader “a little break” from the closer role. Luis Garcia has been the Padres’ primary closer since that move.
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