If you are chasing saves, I hope you’ve been paying attention to some of my recommendations this year. We’ve seen Heath Bell and Junichi Tazawa elevated to the closer’s role in the last week – both of those players were likely far off you radar at the season’s start. Not to mention Papa Grande – Jose Valverde – in Detroit. Are there any other diamonds in the rough in those bullpens? Should we trust any of these new closers? As Yogi Berra said, it’s getting late early. Let’s see what those bullpens have for us this week.
J.J Putz issued a four pitch walk and then sauntered off the mound and onto the DL. Putz isn’t scheduled for surgery…yet. Putz’s injuries seem like a combination that will eventually lead to surgery. In shallow leagues, he’s not worth a roster spot (even on the DL). In deeper leagues, I’d think of dropping him as well. I can see him heading to season ending surgery sooner rather than later.
The first save chances have gone to Heath Bell even tho