Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Sergio Santos, David Robertson, John Axford, more

by Nicholas Minnix on April 11, 2012 @ 12:49:37 PDT


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  • Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos
    Santos, Farrell ease concerns
    Sergio Santos will leave the Toronto Blue Jays after their game on Wednesday to be with his wife, who's scheduled to give birth to the couple's third child on Thursday, a day off for the team. The looming due date could explain a little of the stress that the reliever is feeling and, therefore, some of the difficulties that Tim discussed on Tuesday.
    Santos discussed the reason he believed that he blew his first two official save opportunities in the National Post: He was trying to blow everyone away. The Jays have asked him to take a little off and focus on hitting his spots instead. He's resigned to the plan.
    John Farrell attempted to squash talk of a change by iterating that Santos is the closer, now and later. Although fantasy owners have trouble trusting the words of authority figures, Toronto's tendency to commit to a plan that they believe in gives Farrell's commitment real credence. The right-hander took care of business (for a save) on Wednesday by recording two outs in the ninth, just to put minds at ease.
  • Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano (torn fingernail) are both unavailable to the New York Yankees on Wednesday, according to's Bryan Hoch. David Robertson would be your likely closer in such a situation tonight against the Baltimore Orioles.
    Incidentally, Danny Knobler ( tweeted that scouts can't get enough of Robertson. Said one, "The other night, his cutter was better than Rivera's."
  • The results of Daniel Bard's first big-league start weren't good, but Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine liked what he saw, according to's Gordon Edes, and sounds as if he remains committed to leaving Bard in the rotation. Alfredo Aceves' clean Monday night performance for a save had to encourage Bobby V as well.
  • Francisco Rodriguez saved the Milwaukee Brewers' 7-4 victory against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. In case you're wondering, John Axford was unavailable because he'd thrown 53 pitches combined in his two appearances on the previous two days, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt.
  • The 2011 Mr. Perfect, Jose Valverde, blew his first opportunity of 2012, but he nailed one shut for the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night with a squeaky clean inning.
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