Soria? Has he really fallen that far after one “subpar” season that wasn’t even really that bad?
Comment by mdmckirgan — December 5, 2011 @ 1:26 pm
Not sure I understand your ranking rubric, but I’d put Storen above everyone in the second tier except maybe Madson, depending on where Madson lands. Putz and Wilson have injury concerns; Valverde was exceptionally lucky in 2011; Bell is losing the protection that PETCO gave his weakening stuff. Why such low esteem of Storen?
Yikes … I left him out of the rankings, didn’t I? I’ll have to correct that with the next post.
Comment by Mike Axisa — December 5, 2011 @ 4:37 pm
Eh, I see what you’re saying, I’d say Storen and Hanrahan are better pitchers than half of the tier two pitchers and my gut reaction was to agree with you, but they play for pretty terrible teams. And even still, Ignoring SV, the only guys from tier two that are clearly behind Storen and Hanrahan are Putz (injury risk) and Valverde (just not as good), and they both play for teams that made the playoffs in 2011, so there’s at least a bit more save opportunity there. Bell and Wilson had somewhat off years, but they were also both coming off quite a few dominant campaigns that were better than anything Storen or Hanrahan have done to date, and also play for decent looking teams (especially now that the Marlins added Reyes). Madson is a wild card in that we’re not sure where he’ll wind up pitching, but he arguably projects better than any of the pitchers not in the top tier, so as a fantasy ranking, I can see where Mike’s coming from here.
isn’t addison reed on the radar for the white sox? i feel like broadly speaking a lot of times analysts underestimate the speed change can come to a bullpen. if they have the stuff, and they’re throwing well, and the closer isn’t throwing well, and there’s no one else, dudes go from the minor leagues to closing games in a matter of days or weeks. reed definitely has the stuff and crain and frasor are guys who if they really had what it took to force themselves into closer conversations it would have happened for them by now.
I have to agree that Storen/Hanrahan are better than the other Tier 2 Closers. Pitching on “terrible” teams is not bad when you are a closer, since these teams tend to win by only a few runs. Pitching on winning teams is not always a given for saves. Usually it’s the teams that eek out wins where the Closer actual CAN get a save. The NYY/BOS win 95 games a year, but not all of them are “save worthy”.
Comment by ChuckNChino — December 5, 2011 @ 11:00 pm
If Betancourt keeps the Rockies gig he’ll be worth more than a handful of the above closers.