Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

By Rob Steingall
CSNChicago.com Contributor

Bobby Parnell, Mets: Frank Francisco called the Yankees chickens, and immediately landed on the disabled list following his adventurous save against them on Friday night. Parnell has always had the power arsenal to be a dominant closer, and he'll once again get a chance while Francisco is on the mend. He's a must add in all mixed formats.

Glen Perkins, Twins: Matt Capps is scheduled for an MRI on his ailing shoulder, and there is a very good chance he lands on the disabled list due to the injury. Perkins is next in line for saves, and has already proved his worth, closing out the last two games in Capps' absence. He'll pitch the ninth for at least the next two weeks, and possibly longer, allowing him to collect a small handful of saves.

Tom Wilhelmsen, Mariners: Brandon League still looks far too hittable, thus the reason he's yet to reclaim the ninth inning in Seattle. Wilhelmsen has been solid in June, collecting five saves and two wins during the month, while collecting strikeouts in bunches. He's making a good case for keeping the job permanently.

Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers: John Axford has made plenty of messes in June, and already has three blown saves this month. While he still has the ninth inning gig, there is nothing wrong with making a speculation play on Rodriguez, who has been a pretty good closer throughout his entire career. If you're chasing saves, he's worth taking a gamble on.

Casey Janssen, Blue Jays: His 44 ownership levels are far too low, as he's been highly effective as a closer this season (7-for-8 in saves). With only five walks in 27.2 innings, he's doing a great job of limiting base runners and maintaining efficiency. At this point, Sergio Santos looks like a lost cause for '12, so trust in Janssen moving forward.

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