Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ closer rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
1. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox
Koji Uehara was nearly flawless during the Red Sox’s World Series run. He racked up 21 saves, a 1.09 ERA, a 0.57 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 74.1 innings.
2. Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals
Greg Holland had 47 saves, a 1.21 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 67 innings. He had a ridiculous 0.56 ERA after the All-Star break.
3. Joe Nathan, Detroit Tigers
Joe Nathan had 43 saves, a 1.39 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. He has 341 saves and a 2.76 ERA throughout his career.
4. Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
Glen Perkins had 36 saves, a 2.30 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. An improved rotation should work in his favor.
5. David Robertson, New York Yankees
David Robertson has huge shoes to fill, but he’s got the goods. Robertson had a 2.04 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 66.1 innings last year.
6. Jim Johnson, Oakland A’s
Jim Johnson combined for 101 saves over the past two seasons with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP while pitching his home games in Camden Yards. Moving to Oakland should be a positive change.
7. Ernesto Frieri, Los Angeles Angels
Ernesto Frieri collected 37 saves last year while posting a 3.80 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. He should provide a solid saves total and a tremendous K/9 ratio.
8. Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays
Casey Janssen saved 34 games last year while posting a 2.56 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. In 2012, he saved 22 with a 2.54 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 63.2 innings.
9. Grant Balfour, Tampa Bay Rays
Grant Balfour has averaged 31 saves and 72 strikeouts the past two years while posting a 2.56 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He should do well in his return to Tampa.
10. Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners
Fernando Rodney has averaged 42.5 saves and 79 strikeouts the past two years while posting a 1.91 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. His move to Seattle should be favorable.
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