Fantasy Baseball: Week 4 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!

Chicago White Sox

The best arm in the White Sox bullpen after three weeks has been Nate Jones. He picked up a save last week while allowing one run over 5.1 innings on the year with eight Ks. With Joakim Soria showing risk in his last three games (three runs and seven baserunners over three innings with five Ks), Jones looks poised to be the White Sox closer going forward. Danny Farquhar threw the ball great over his last four games (no runs, one hit, and seven Ks over 4.2 innings).

Houston Astros

Let’s just say Houston has trust issues with Ken Giles over the first three weeks of the year or he has an underlying issue. Over his last three games, Giles pitched two shutout innings with no Ks. He has a 3.60 ERA on the year over five innings with two Ks, and a save. Chris Devenski earned two saves over the last week while allowing no runs over his last seven innings with nine Ks. Brad Peacock struggled in his last two games (four runs, four hits, and three HRs over 2.2 innings). The 9th inning for the Astros will be fluid over the next few weeks while Devenski appears to be the top option as of now.

Milwaukee Brewers

It’s showtime for Josh Hader for the Brewers. He’s been one of the top relievers in baseball after seven games (two runs over 11.2 innings with 25 Ks) while picking up two two-inning saves over the last week. If Milwaukee is going to use him over multiple innings, someone else on the roster will need to earn saves until Corey Knebel returns. Matt Albers doesn’t look closer-worthy after allowing two runs and six baserunners over his last 3.1 innings with four Ks. Albers has two wins, a save, a loss, and blown save in his last four games. Jacob Barnes pitched better in his last three games (no runs over 3.1 innings with five Ks).

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals may regret giving Greg Holland $14 million this season. Over his first 2.1 innings, Holland allowed three runs and nine baserunners with one his K. His failure is due to seven walks. Bud Norris remains the best arm in the bullpen (1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP) over 9.1 innings with 17 Ks and four saves. Norris will keep this job for a while. Dominic Leone has a 5.14 ERA over seven innings with 11 Ks, but his Whip (1.14) points to more upside.

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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.