What would you say if I told you you could get an ace pitcher who could get you 15+ Wins, Killer ERA & Ratio numbers and let's say a K per inning in a little over 200 Innings pitched for merely between $6-$8? You would tell me that's impossible right? Well you would be wrong. Top middle relievers my friend, if you can have 3 of them in your daily lineup those numbers listed below can be yours for a song. These guys are the secret weapon to fantasy baseball. The list is in alphabetical order.
Jeremy Affeldt - SF - 3W, 3SV, 2.63 ERA, 1.15 Ratio, 54K in 61+ IP. Solid middle man.
Antonio Bastardo - PHI - 6W, 8SV, 2.64 ERA, 0.93 Ratio, 70K in 58 IP. Don't figure on saves this year.
Matt Belisle - COL - 10W, 0SV, 3.25 ERA, 1.26 Ratio, 58K in 72 IP. Has 17 wins the last 2 years.
Rex Brothers - COL - 1W, 1SV, 2.88 ERA, 1.30 Ratio, 59K in 40+IP. I wouldn't be surprsied if he is the Rockies closer sometime this season.
Santiago Casilla - SF - 2W, 6SV, 1.74 ERA, 1.12 Ratio, 45K in 51+ IP. If Wilson struggles health wise?
Tyler Clippard - WAS - 3W, 0SV, 1.83 ERA, 0.84 Ratio, 104K in 88+IP.
Luke Gregerson - SD - 3W, 0SV, 2.75 ERA, 1.37 Ratio, 34K in 55+ IP. I am expecting a big bounce back year like he had in 2010 and by August I think he will be the Padres closer.
David Hernandez - ARI - 5W, 11SV, 3.38 ERA, 1.14 Ratio, 77K in 69+IP, came over in the Mark Reynolds trade and is the setup man for JJ Putz. He picked up a bunch of saves last July when Putz was on the shelf. Putz is injury prone and 35 and if something were to happen to him Hernandez would become the closer.
Kenley Jansen - LAD - 2W, 5SV, 2.85 ERA, 1.04 Ratio, 96K in 53+IP. In addition to being a great middle man, could take away the Dodgers closer job at one point this season.
Sean Marshall - CIN - 6W, 5SV, 2.26 ERA, 1.10 Ratio, 79K in 75+IP Now the 8th inning man for the Reds, expect the same numbers with a couple of more wins.
Edward Mujica - MIA - 9W, 0SV, 2.96 ERA, 1.03 Ratio, 63K in 76 IP. Well be a key member of the Marlins bullpen leading to Bell.
Ed O'Flaherty - ATL - 2W, 0SV, 0.98 ERA, 1.09 Ratio, 67K in 73+IP The 7th inning man for the Braves put up scary percentage category numbers.
Ramon Ramirez - NYM - 3W, 4SV, 2.62 ERA, 1.17 Ratio, 66K in 68+IP If Frank Francisco falters?
Sergio Romo - SF - 3W, 1SV, 1.50 ERA, 0.71 Ratio, 70K in 48 IP. Again if Wilson struggles health wise.
Fernando Salas - STL - 5W, 24SV, 2.28 ERA, 0.95 Ratio, 75K in 75 IP. If Motte slips.
Johnny Venters - ATL - 6W, 5SV, 1.84 ERA, 1.09 Ratio, 96K in 88IP. The setup man for the Braves is nasty. The only thing I worry about him is if Freddi Gonzalez over uses him which could lead to injury. In addition to these great stat players you should look at all the NL teams and if their closer were to get injured who would be first in line to take the job. For instance Fransico Rodriguez is not on this list because his ratio is to high BUT if John Axford were to get injured K-Rod would become the closer.
NL King - C.Lizza