By Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com
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New York Yankees
With Joba Chamberlain going down to Tommy John Surgery and Rafael Soriano still on the 60-DL with a sore elbow and ego, David Robertson has been thrust into the setup role behind Mariano Rivera. Robertson has been the most effective pitcher out of the Yankees bullpen this season, posting a 1.23 ERA and 47 Ks in 29.1 innings. He's a great fantasy pickup if you have a spare RP slot on your team.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers situation is still confusing at best. Manager Don Mattingly is going with matchups for now. Javy Guerra seems to be the choice for the skipper. Guerra has notched two saves and has posted a 2.70 ERA. That all may change with Kenley Jansen coming off the DL this weekend and he will likely be inserted into the closer role soon. He held that role until he went on the DL. Jonathan Broxton is scheduled to start his rehab assignment tonight and if all goes well, he should be off the DL by this weekend.
Toronto Blue Jays
Frank Francisco has the closer job back. While things haven't been pretty with him, he has been better as of late. His 4.95 ERA is not a fair way to assess his season. Francisco has only given up one run over his past 6.1 innings of work. Rauch lost the job after getting hammered a few times and besides, the writing was on the wall. Francisco is the closer in Toronto. In Rauch's last 9.1 innings of work, he's given up 11 hits, 5 ER, and 2 BB.
Kansas City Royals
Joakim Soria is back at closer and has been effective since regaining the role. He has four saves and a win, while pitching nine scoreless innings since blowing those back-to-back saves (May 29-30). Aaron Crow still figures to be in the mix at some point. He is still pitching out of this world with a 1.34 ERA and 34 Ks in 33.2 innings. Crow has only given up three runs all season and has only been scored on in 2 of his 29 appearances.
Chicago White Sox
Sergio Santos has had some major problems over the past week or so. He's given up eight runs, blowing one save and ballooning his once near-perfect ERA to 3.31. He has his manager Ozzie Guillen worried, who blames his mechanics, but he still has the confidence of his manager as the closer. Matt Thornton is waiting in the wings and is the current setup man. Over his past 15 appearances, Thornton has lowered his ERA from 6.75 to 4.32. He's thrown 15.1 innings and only given up 3 runs on 11 hits and punched out 8 batters. If Santos continues to struggle, expect Thornton to get some opportunities to close out games. Assuming the White Sox can win.
As the carousel turns in Minnesota, so does their fabled closer role. Matt Capps temporarily lost the closer role for the Twins last week after blowing consecutive saves. After he regained the job, he then blew a save, but has since saved three straight games. With Joe Nathan on the DL, Gardenhire doesn't have many options behind Capps. Phil Dumatrait and Glen Perkins are next in line if Capps goes bad, OH and he will. Perkins is currently the setup man and has done all right in that role. He has a 1.82 ERA and 26 Ks in 24.1 innings. Phil Dumatrait has been effective as well, posting a 2.00 ERA and has recorded one save when Capps lost the job.