Read on for The Game Day’s Week 6 Fantasy Closers: Depth Chart News, Saves Tips & Baseball Bullpen Report. See which MLB relief pitchers are locked in to save chances and which are in jeopardy with their job security. Keeping up with bullpen depth charts is vital for fantasy baseball teams. Identify which sleepers for saves and closers on the rise should be on your radar.
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Week 6 Fantasy Baseball Closers: Depth Chart News, Saves Tips & Bullpen Report
San Francisco Giants
- Committee: Jake McGee, Tyler Rogers
This bullpen took quite the turn after Jake McGee converted 6 clean saves to start the year. Over the past six outings, McGee has as many earned runs as strikeouts (8). He has been hit hard, allowing 3 HR across this 5 2/3 IP stretch. Oddly enough, McGee’s only walked one batter, and to be fair, his most recent blow-up with 4 ER allowed was in Coors, where German Marquez just surrendered 10 runs in the first inning of the first doubleheader.
Kapler: Tyler Rogers could see more saves for SF https://t.co/REouXS4Tf2
— NBC Sports EDGE Baseball (@NBCSEdgeBB) May 5, 2021
McGee’s underlying metrics are still favorable, and there is a good chance he still ends the season as SF’s saves leader, but Tyler Rogers is breathing down his neck with a 1.02 ERA. Rogers is not an elite reliever by any means, but he is very solid and can get the job done despite a 14.5% strikeout rate. His xFIP is a measly 4.04, but with an xERA of 1.83 and SIERA at 3.54, there is hope that he can remain good enough to close.
The best bet here is to continue rostering McGee because his stuff and velocity are fine, this just seems like a rough stretch, and he should grab saves in the near future versus lefty-heavy orders. Rogers should also be rostered and act as the Lou Trivino to McGee’s Jake Diekman.
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- Closer: Taylor Rogers
- Backups: Tyler Duffey, Hansel Robles
So, this bullpen is an absolute mess. Alex Colome blew his way out of a locked-in job, and now Taylor Rogers is following in his footsteps with multiple earned runs allowed in back-to-back outings. Rogers has been an elite reliever the past few seasons and was drafted this most recent offseason highly despite a murky bullpen situation. He has accumulated two saves this year and may not have the job for long if his struggles hold. On the bright side, both of Rogers’ blow-ups have come against the Texas Rangers.
Hansel Robles has closing experience and has performed well this season with an uptick in velocity, but his walk troubles have followed him from 2020, and he has not had any opportunities to close yet. Tyler Duffey has devolved from great reliever to JAG with an increase in walks and a decrease in strikeouts this season. Neither option is too tantalizing at the moment.
The best bet here is to hold onto Rogers if you roster him. His peripherals are very good and similar to his history, and he has only allowed 1 walk this year while striking out 13 in 11 2/3 IP.
More Fantasy Baseball Closer News
- Seattle Mariners: Rafael Montero is still closing games despite Kendall Graveman’s emergence as a top-end reliever. The Mariners value Graveman but more so as a fireman rather than a traditional closer.
- Toronto Blue Jays: Jordan Romano is looking much better since his return from the IL for the Blue Jays. Rafael Dolis is getting the job done for now, but if any struggles arise, Romano could steal the job back.