Monday, February 25, 2008

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Relief Pitchers Rankings

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Relief Pitchers RP Rankings Updated 2.25.08

Jonathon Papelbon, BOS - Easily top 5 and will lead closers in SV's, K's, ERA, and WHIP
J.J. Putz, SEA - Can rack up 40+ saves with the best of them, he's solid, and potential to lead all closers in K's
Joe Nathan, MIN - Its just a matter of preference in these top 6 but the Twins don't project to be that good
Francisco Rodriguez, LAA - Does it all, saves, K's, ERA, WHIP
Mariano Rivera, NYY - When the Yanks were hot, Mariano was hot, still the best in the game but K's are dwindling
Bobby Jenks, CWS - Big step up in 2007 as his biggest problem, consistency, was never a problem in '07
Jose Valverde, HOU - Saves leader in 2007 and should have an easy and dependable chance at 40+ again
Takashi Saito, LAD - A top notch dependable closer but with Broxton breathing down his neck, Torre's known over use of the bullpen, and Saito's potentially bad shoulder could mean trouble in '08.
Francisco Cordero, CIN - Should rack up a nice 1st half but be careful of the second half skid
Billy Wagner, NYM - Susceptible to the blown save and Shea is a tough place to pitch, should be better overall than '07
Brad Lidge, PHI - Who knows what this guy will do, knee surgery this spring but should be ready close to opening day
Trevor Hoffman, SD - Getting older but still effective while 40+ saves is almost a guarantee
Manny Corpas, COL - Definitely 40+ save potential, great stuff, fantastic team
Rafael Soriano, ATL - Now that he gets to start the season as Closer, he could be a 35+ SV guy
Joakim Soria, KC - Take a look at his K's per IP and then look at his WHIP....not bad at all, but 40 saves will be tough in KC
Jason Isringhausen, STL - Just a solid, all-around closer who tends to be a bit injury prone
Huston Street, OAK - Elbow is hanging on by a thread so be careful but if deemed healthy, he is a great option as a #2
Chad Cordero, WAS - Not a bad option but his team stinks and few opportunities could frustrate you
Matt Capps, PIT - Team stinks but he's decent and could rack up 30+
Kevin Gregg, FLA - Finished the year admirably so is probably the closer by default but should post solid K numbers
Brandon Lyons, ARI - The Valverde trade to Houston opens the door for Lyons
Eric Gagne, MIL - I'm not a fan, too injury-prone but could be effective this late in the draft, don't stretch for him
Todd Jones, DET - Expect 35+ saves with an ERA over 4, a WHIP over 1.30 and not a lot of K's
Joe Borowski, CLE - Pretty much the same as Jones but other relievers could take over (i.e Rafael Perez or Jensen Lewis)
Brian Wilson, SF - Currently listed as the teams closer and could be a nice sleeper late in drafts
Jeremy Accardo, TOR - Should fill in nicely and don't be surprised if Ryan doesn't get his job back right away
Troy Percival, TB - He's ranked low w/ a possibility of being unseated by one of the young guys, namely Jeff Neimann
Carlos Marmol, CHC - Its still a big mystery but Marmol is the smart choice
George Sherrill, BAL - At this point the lefty is listed as the closer and its his job to lose
Rafael Betancourt, CLE - I wouldn't be surprised if he steals the job from an ineffective Borowski at some point
Derrick Turnbow, MIL - Could eventually steal the job from Gagne once Gagne gets hurt

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