Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 Closer Depth Chart

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Shawn Childs looks at some of the most volatile bullpens in Major League Baseball and provides you with his Closer Depth Chart!

Arizona Diamondbacks

Brad Boxberger hasn’t blown a save in his six chances, but he did take a pair of losses last week while looking shaky in all three games (three runs, seven baserunners, and two Ks over two innings). Archie Bradley picked up his second save of the year on April 22nd when Boxberger was getting a day of rest. Last week Bradley didn’t allow a run over 3.1 innings with three baserunners and six Ks. Archie has a 2.03 ERA over 13.1 innings with 16 Ks. Yoshihisa Hirano remains a third strong option in the Diamondbacks’ bullpen over the first month of the season. Over his last eight innings, Hirano gave up a run and three hits with six Ks.

Baltimore Orioles

The Indians beat Brad Brach for three runs, four hits, and a home run in a non-save situation in his last game on April 22nd. Over his first 8.2 innings, Brach has three saves in four tries with a 5.19 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. Darren O’Day pitched poorly in his last four innings of work (four runs, six baserunners, and two home runs) to take his name out of save consideration. Mychal Givens remains on the broken road after showing no upside over his last 8.1 innings (seven runs, eight hits, and eight walks). Zach Britton threw off the mound last week for the first time as he works his way back from his Achilles injury, He remains at least five weeks away for the majors.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Fantasy owners still have buyer’s remorse with Kenley Jansen after his first nine games. Jansen is 3-for-5 in save conversions with a 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and ten Ks over 8.2 innings. Over the last week, Kenley pitched two shutout innings leading to a save. Josh Fields continues to pitch at a high level. He has two wins, and a save in 2018 with a 0.82 ERA and 14 Ks over 11 innings. Pedro Baez struggled over the last week (two runs and six baserunners over 2.1 innings with three Ks.

Minnesota Twins

Fernando Rodney blew a save in two of his last three games. Rodney has 4.05 ERA over 6.2 innings in 2018 with failure risk in his WHIP (1.80). Addison Reed struggled over his last 5.2 innings (three runs, seven baserunners, and five Ks). Trevor Hildenberger looks ready to pitch his way off the major league roster after allowing five runs, 11 baserunners, and three home runs over 6.1 innings.

St. Louis Cardinals

Greg Holland is still looking for his first saves with the Cardinals. His arm has looked much better over his last three games (no runs over three innings with four Ks). Over his last six games, Bud Norris has 4.05 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with ten Ks over 6.2 innings while picking up four saves. Dominic Leone hasn’t allowed a run over his last 4.2 innings with four Ks.

Texas Rangers

Keone Kela still hasn’t blown a save in three opportunities, but he did struggle over the last week. He allowed three runs and six baserunners over his last 1.1 innings with two Ks leading to a loss and a save. Kevin Jepsen lost his way in his last game on April 23rd when he allowed four runs, four baserunners, and a home run over one inning. Chris Martin picked up 21 saves in Japan in 2016 when he posted a 1.07 ERA over 50.2 innings with 57 Ks. Over his first 11.1 innings in 2018 with the Rangers, Martin has a 3.18 ERA with 12 Ks. Possible dark horse for saves if Kela trips up.

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Shawn Childs has been a high stakes Fantasy baseball and football player since 2004 where he had success in his first season (three titles and $25,000 in winnings). In early years of the high stakes market in Fantasy baseball, he was ahead of the curve in player evaluation, draft value, and free agent bidding setting up four top-five finishes in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has four AL-only Auction titles, one NL-only title, and five Main Event titles plus an overall title in 2012 at RTFBC (netted $10,000). This success led to an induction into the NFBC Baseball Hall of Fame. His success in the high stakes market led to a career in providing Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football content. On the football side, he’s competed and won in all different formats – auctions, draft championship, main events, and high-dollar leagues. He won 2nd place overall in the 2014 Most Accurate Salary Cap Expert contest at FantasyPros.As a dual-sport player, it was natural to transition to the daily games where he is a “swing for the fences type of guy.” Childs has appeared in one FanDuel NFL Live Final and one DraftKings NFL Live Final, a season-ending tournament which led to a couple of chances to win over $1,000,000.