KFFL's closer depth charts raised Greg Holland's Job Security rating to open the week following his string of four consecutive appearances in which he notched saves. He did so convincingly, and rather easily, in his last three (three stanzas): no hits or walks allowed, with eight strikeouts. The righty saved both ends of Sunday's twin bill at the Boston Red Sox.
Sunday: Double Dutch
The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton wrote a nice little piece which simply confirms that the Kansas City Royals' closer has put to rest any concerns about his performance. Ned Yost maintained his confidence in Holland, at least publicly, and the reliever has responded in kind.
Those holding Kelvin Herrera for nothing other than the hope for saves -- those in shallow or medium-depth mixed leagues, basically -- are free to jettison him if that category is their primary concern.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever Ryan Madson had another supposed setback in his return from Tommy John surgery. After a session at the end of last week, he felt soreness. The Halos are moving forward as if it's not a big deal, so it probably isn't. He's scheduled to throw again soon.
Ernesto Frieri, meanwhile, entered the ninth inning of the Angels' Monday night contest against the Texas Rangers with the score tied and exited with his club trailing because he yielded a solo dinger to A.J. Pierzynski. That's HR No. 2 that the righty has given up.
The frequency with which hitters put balls in the air against him suggests that's an ever-present danger. A big home yard and his penchant for inducing pop-ups and other types of jam shots mitigate the worry. He's the closer for the foreseeable future.
Madson has already endured what is likely to be his biggest setback, which came in spring training. Recovery from serious surgery isn't often smooth. Once Madson returns to the bigs and demonstrates that he's more than competent -- say, after the break -- he'll be an option to close. It'll probably take a wild stretch, in which a few long balls hurt, from Frieri to bring it about.
Joakim Soria won't be a bridge to Joe Nathan for the Texas Rangers until at least sometime in July now that the righty, who's recovering from TJS, is dealing with a strained pectoral muscle, too.
The long-term capability of the Rangers' bullpen is somewhat dependent on the eventual comebacks of Soria and Neftali Feliz (TJS also). If the club is contending and expects to remain that way, it may feel compelled to look for help outside the organization.
On Friday night, Jose Veras picked up his first save of 2013 and moved into a tie with Erik Bedard for the lead on the Houston Astros. Veras is on pace for 10 saves ... maybe 11.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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