We did it, folks! We’ve (pretty much) made it to the end of the 2023 regular season. Only a few head-to-head fantasy leagues still had meaningful matchups this week, and everyone in rotisserie leagues is seeing things wrap up as well. For those leagues still playing though, one save, one K, or one relief win could be it. It could be the difference.
This week, a bullpen heading into the postseason seemingly got a new committee leader. Another bullpen fighting for its team’s playoff life might get their closer back soon. A team well outside of the playoff picture might have a new closer, and finally, a previously well-established playoff-bound bullpen has been turned into a committee approach. All that and more, coming up!
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Philadelphia Phillies – Bullpen and Closer News
The Phillies have relied on veteran closer Craig Kimbrel for most of the season. He has 23 saves in 28 chances and a 3.36 ERA. His strikeouts are up and his walks are down from last year. But in September? Kimbrel has just two saves while Jose Alvarado has three.
Heading into the playoffs comfortably in the top Wild Card spot, it looks like the Phillies have a committee in their closer’s role. Matchups will certainly play a big role, as Alvarado is a lefty and Kimbrel is a righty. Despite the saves totals skewing Alvarado’s way in September, Kimbrel would probably be the better Philly reliever to roster for any playoff fantasy leagues. Still, Alvarado will have a key role and has shown the ability to get righties out as well: