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Fantasy Baseball: The Closer Report Power Ranking 4.26.2011

DENVER, CO - APRIL 20:  Closer Huston Street #16 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on April 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Todd FarinoCorrespondent IApril 26, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Closer Power Rankings by Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com

 

Rank Closer - Stats (Saves-Wins-ERA-WHIP-K)
1Huston Street, Rockies (7-0-2.03-1.05-14)  Street has continued to shine for the Rockies. 7-for-7 in saves and a remarkable K/9 of 9.45.
2Craig Kimbrel, Braves (6-0-0.96-0.64-14) Kimbrel blew the first save of his career, but continues to shine. With 14 Ks in 9.1 innings our comparison to Billy Wagner seems to fit the young Braves closer.
3Jose Valverde, Detroit (5-2-0.93-0.93-9) Valverde lit it up the last two weeks adding three saves and two wins. As the Tigers get hotter, we are seeing much more of Valverde. He is a 40-save candidate.
4Mariano Rivera, Yankees (7-1-2.53-1.12-9) Rivera is tops in the league in saves, but blew his first two saves of the season this week Despite that, he's having a fantastic April.
5Jose Contreras, Phillies (5-0-0.00-1.00-9) Contreras is the closer for the Phillies and unless he gets hurt or becomes suddenly ineffective, I do not see Charlie Manuel going back to Lidge once he returns. No ERs for Contreras yet.
6Leo Nunez, Marlins (6-0-1.80-1.00-9) Nunez has been on first since the first week of the season. He posted three more saves and has solidified his job as the Marlins closer. Expect some rough outings with his WHIP. ERA (2.80) much lower than it should be.
7Brian Wilson, Giants (5-0-9.82-1.77-9) Wilson had a great two weeks, posting five saves and lowering his bloated ERA and WHIP a ton. He is without a doubt healthy and back to elite status.
8Carlos Marmol, Cubs (5-1-2.53-1.31-15) Marmol exploded with Ks as expected and started adding saves like an elite closer should. The Cubs have a good team this year and he should get 35-40 save opportunities.
9Chris Perez, Indians (6-0-2.25-1.00-4) Perez finally gave up a run and blew his first save of the season. Strikeouts have been slow as well, but 6 saves in April is a great start.
10Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox (5-0-2.16-1.08-11) Papelbon is pitching like he did in 2009. He's 5/5 in save chances and dominating American League batters. His 12.22 K/9 is evidence of all that.
11J.J. Putz, Diamondbacks (5-0-1.13-0.50-10) Putz has been nothing short of stellar for the Diamondbacks. With his offense rolling, Putz could finish the season as a surprise 40+ save guy. He is also a great closer for strikeouts.
12Heath Bell, Padres (5-1-1.00-1.00-6) Bell finally added some strikeouts and is having a fine season, but still in some eyes a somewhat slow start.
13Neftali Feliz, Rangers (5-0-1.08-1.08-6) Feliz went the DL with inflammation in his elbow. He was having a great start to the season, but this DL stint could have him out 4-6 weeks.
14Kyle Farnsworth, Rays (5-1-1.23-0.82-5) Farnsworth has had a great start to the season closing games for the Rays. I thought it was  funny making him a closer, but he's been extremely effective, 5/5 in saves and 5 Ks.
15Joel Hanrahan, Pirates (5-0-2.70-1.30-8) While Hanrahan is still 5/5 in saves, all his numbers have gone in the wrong direction. With the Pirates winning less, he only added one save and zero Ks.
16Jordan Walden, Angels(3-0-0.00-0.86-10) Walden took over for the Angels as closer and the young flamethrower hasn't looked back. He is 3/3 in saves and has posted a 0.00 ERA and 10 Ks in 9.1 innings so far this season.
17Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers (5-1-4.66-1.55-7) Broxton had a tough couple of weeks. He didn't get any saves, but did notch a win. He also got knocked around. His last few appearances looked like he was getting back on track though.
18Francisco Rodriguez, Mets (4-1-2.35-1.83-13) While his WHIP is out of his world, he has been consistent with saves and his strikeouts are increasing to a level we haven't seen for awhile for KROD with a K/9 of 16.25
19Joakim Soria, Royals (5-1-5.59-1.55-5) Soria is getting the saves, but is still giving up runs. This is nothing to worry about and I expect his ERA to fall below 3.00 by late May.
20Matt Capps, Twins (4-0-3.75-0.83-5) Capps is the closer for the Twins while Nathan continues to get his arm back into his old form. Since taking over the closer role Capps is 3/3 in saves and has posted a great WHIP of 0.86.
21Drew Storen, Nationals (3-0-0.71-0.87-9) Storen has reclaimed the closer role for the Nationals and has dominated since giving up a home run on opening day. Not sure how long he will have the job, but it should be for the season.
22Francisco Cordero, Reds (3-0-2.00-1.00-7) Cordero is having a fine start to the season and while he's been effective, it's only a matter of time before Chapman starts closing for the Reds.
23Brian Fuentes, Athletics (5-0-4.66-1.14-5) It's a standard start for Fuentes. High ERA, low Ks, and plenty of saves. The job won't be his once Bailey is ready to take over the closer role, so enjoy him while you can.
23John Axford, Brewers (3-0-8.31-1.85-3) Axford got lit up on opening day, but has since calmed down and locked down three saves. The book is still out on Axford, but so far I can say he looks like the real deal.
   

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