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Blown Saves May Reach 100 in April

Jose Contreras of the Phillies is the latest closer to go down and end up on the disabled list and Ryan Madson is the closer, at least until Brad Lidge returns from the DL.

Jordan Walden

It has been an especially brutal April for Major League closers with over 80 blown saves thus far.  If the trend continues, there could be over 100 blown saves in April for the first time since 2003.  It’s gotten so crazy that even Mariano Rivera has struggled.  The future first ballot Hall of Famer blew back-to-back saves for the first time in four seasons.

The Los Angeles Angels are another team that wasted no time in swapping out closers this season.  It only took Fernando Rodney four games to lose the closer role for the Halos to rookie Jordan Walden.

The Twins demoted long time closer Joe Nathan and switched to Matt Capps.  The Cardinals demoted Ryan Franklin after he blew 4 saves and moved the job to Mitchell Boggs who had never saved a game in the Majors.

And, the White Sox, who suffered through 6 blown saves from Matt Thornton in 12 games, have apparently turned to Sergio Santos.

Closer changes have been commonplace in just the first month of the 2011 fantasy baseball season.  As the season goes on, expect more closer changes and the ability to pick up saves from the waiver wire.

The key to winning in fantasy baseball is to anticipate where the next closer changes are going to be needed.

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