The fantasy baseball playoffs are quickly approaching, and now is the time to make sure your roster can compete in every category. While you may overlook saves and closers during the regular season, punting a category in the playoffs could be difficult to maneuver around.
Here are three closers that you can pick up off the fantasy baseball waiver wire to add for saves.
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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: 3 Underrostered Closers To Add For Saves
Trevor May (OAK) – 14 Saves – 27% Rostered
Athletics closer Trevor May has 14 saves on the season, with half of them coming in the last 30 days. While Oakland isn’t going to win a ton of games, most of their victories should be by a smaller margin. This gives May a chance to earn a save.
Since July 18th, May has thrown 12.1 IP across 12 appearances with eight saves. Of those 12 appearances, 11 have been scoreless. He allowed five runs (three earned) to the Nationals on August 13th. Still, May has a 2.19 ERA and .186 batting average against in that span.
May is hands-down the closer in Oakland. The rest of the Athletics bullpen has combined for eight saves. With four different relievers having one each. Sam Long and Jeurys Familia each have two.
Every save matters in the fantasy baseball playoffs, so seeing a solidified closer at just 27% rostered — even for one of the worst teams in baseball — is surprising.
Jason Foley (DET) – 7 Saves – 18% Rostered
The Tigers are another team toward the bottom of the standings, but their offensive pieces have been earning them wins recently.
Foley has given Alex Lange a run for his money for the closer role in Detroit over the past few weeks. Lange may be the better option. He’s already rostered in 64% of leagues, and Foley may be getting more of the looks now.
Since August 12th, Foley has picked up three saves, with Lange earning two. This includes the most recent one on Tuesday night.
Foley has danced around trouble in that span, though. He’s allowed four runs across five appearances with three saves and one hold. He hasn’t walked anyone, but he’s allowed five hits and two home runs (both in the same game).
While you may not want to go run and add Foley, he could give you a few saves down the stretch, with the 58-win Tigers having a few series left against the 50-win White Sox and 37-win Athletics.
Jo-Jo Romero (STL) – 3 Saves – 7% Rostered
While Romero only has three saves on the season, two of them have come in the last two weeks. More importantly, since Jordan Hicks was traded away, the Cardinals have a total of four saves. Romero has three, and Giovanny Gallegos has one.
Since earning his first save of the season on July 30th, Romero has an impressive 19:1 K: BB ratio in just 13.1 IP with 4 ER for a 2.70 ERA. Teams are batting .200 against him with a .496 OPS.
The Cardinals are simply playing out the rest of the season, but Romero has something to play for here as he looks to solidify himself as a weapon in the St. Louis bullpen.