It is the second week of May and a trio of big league clubs have yet to win double-digit games. The Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds are the culprits, and it's not surprising that fantasy managers are not getting many saves from these teams and are looking elsewhere for aid. Is that a wise move? Well, history tells us it is tough for the 100-loss teams to provide many save chances, but it remains a bit early to presume these teams are those truly terrible squads.
The Miami Marlins have won five more games than the Reds, but that does not mean they are going to be better for six months. Similarly, the San Diego Padres look like a bad team, yet again, but they have a solid closer in Brad Hand who strikes out batters and holds strong fantasy value. Only the Orioles boast a lesser run differential than the Kansas City Royals, and closer Kelvin Herrera is among the most valuable at this point, with only one run and nary a walk permitted.
It is early, of course, but here are my thoughts on the five worst teams in the sport for this season and how their closers are likely to perform. Sorry, Marlins fans; I am still starting with your team.