Use closures to clinch your league championship
The final push towards a fantasy baseball the championship is always the most difficult. If you’re playing in a one-on-one league, you need to further adjust your roster based on how your teams actually match up. If you’re playing in a rotisserie format, you’re probably focusing your attention on the counting stat categories where you can progress the most.
Narrowing your search for waiver requests is paramount, and it’s all about surfing the hot hand. The saves category is where you can probably progress the easiest with the help of an extra arm or two, so it’s time to find those last-minute relievers who can rack up a few saves to close out the year.
Few pay attention to the athleticism because they sit in last place in the AL West, but with 12 games remaining, including six against the equally bad Angels, there are some saves to be made. Domingo Acevedo has thrown 5 ¹/₃ scoreless innings in his six appearances since September 4, and after making saves in each of his last four outings, he has seemingly returned to the closer role. It may be difficult to find such a reliable arm at the end of the year, but given Oakland’s bullpen problems this season, his efforts and your fantastic team should be rewarded handsomely.
You can also turn to Cubs left-hander Brandon Hughes if you’re looking for some cheap stops. With nine of Chicago’s last 12 games against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, you can expect some save opportunities. He’s had three saves in his last six appearances, and although he twisted his ankle during Thursday’s game, he should be fine after a day or two and should return as the Cubs’ best closing option. .
Waiver thread choices may be slim at this point, but unearthing a gem or two in a category as mobile as backups should pay immediate dividends. Drop any dead weight your team may be carrying, because time is running out. If your current players aren’t helping, Acevedo and Hughes can.
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