Manager Ozzie Guillen seems to have reached the end of his rope with closer Bobby Jenks. Jenks blew a save on Wednesday night and that prompted
Guillen to say that he will now go with a closer by committee until further notice.
Jenks has saved 20 of 22 save opportunities this season which certainly isn’t grounds for dismissal, but his ERA on the year is 5.09 and his WHIP is 2.94! Moreover, in July, Jenks has a 9.95 ERA! Certainly not the kind of stats that will keep your closer job very long.
Who will get those fantasy baseball saves for the Pale Hose?
Former Mariners closer J. J. Putz and lefty Matt Thornton are the most likely ones to get save chances while Jenks is struggling. Putz has been outstanding this season with a 5-2 record, two saves and a 1.50 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. Opposing hitters are just .172 off of Putz. Thornton made the AL All-Star team and has five saves with a 2.58 ERA and 1.04 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.
Both Putz and Thornton are logical choices. Keep a close eye on the Chicago White Sox closer situation and consider picking up Putz (a member of BallparkBob’s All Name Team) and Thornton now. As set up men, both guys may be available in your league since we all know that holds don’t count.
Saves are a category where quantity wins out over quality and now may be the time for you to move up a few notches in the saves category. It’s certainly a lot easier to make a quick move in saves than it is in something like batting average or ERA where one player really can’t have much of an effect.