This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
It's nearly May, and some fantasy owners are probably growing restless with the season still some time away. It's okay. I think there might be a light, albeit still perhaps a dim one, beginning to flicker. This week, I have decided to focus on a question I see almost every week: Which relief pitchers are likely to collect holds, or better yet, might see save chances at some time in the future?
Interestingly, when a team decides they need to change its closer, it's not always the apparently obvious option who gets the call. While you might think the top set-up guy who typically works the eighth inning is next in line, that's not always the case. Over the years, I have compiled an unofficial checklist of frequently preferred attributes that could lead to a particular reliever being given the first crack at future save chances. I thought it might be useful to go over those attributes, and then I'll profile a reliever who was a surprise choice to many when he moved into the ninth inning gig, but has since proven to be quite comfortable finishing games.
Things to watch for on a potential future closer's resume:
Below is an outline of factors I take into consideration when assessing possible role changes in a bullpen. Understand, these are generalizations, and not cast in stone. And, the situation is often very fluid, meaning the perceived need for change can be critical one day and seemingly less important the next. Baseball