The Yankees and Mets both will be without their top-flight closers after Aroldis Chapman and Jeurys Familia went down with injuries in the past four days.
Chapman went on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with inflammation of his left rotator cuff.
For the most part, Chapman had been his usual dominant self this season. Before blowing a save on May 7 against the Cubs, he had seven saves with a 0.79 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 12 innings.
Yankees setup man Dellin Betances will slide into the closer’s role for a team with arguably the deepest bullpen in the majors.
Betances has an impressive 0.75 ERA and 16.5 K/9 — exactly what fantasy owners are looking for in a closer, minus the saves at this point. The three-time All-Star hasn’t recorded a save yet this season but has combined for 22 in his career.
After the Yankees dealt Chapman to the Cubs at last season’s deadline, Betances converted 12 of 17 save opportunities. Chapman is expected to miss at least a month, according to general manager Brian Cashman, so Betances should get plenty of save opportunities for the first-place Yankees.
He’s far and away the best waiver wire add, but he was only available in 14 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 21.8 percent of ESPN leagues as of Monday morning.
If Betances struggles or needs a night off, Tyler Clippard likely would be next in line. He recorded 32 saves with the Nationals in 2012 and has 57 in his career. Clippard is 1-for-3 in save chances this season with a 1.17 ERA, 0.783 WHIP and 12.3 K/9 in 15 1/3 innings. The journeyman is available in 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 94.6 percent of ESPN leagues, but is only worth an add as a handcuff to Betances.
The Mets’ closer situation is dicier as Familia likely is out for the remainer of the season after undergoing surgery Friday to remove an arterial clot.
Addison Reed, the Mets’ setup man, will take over the ninth-inning role. He’s had previous success as a closer, combining for 101 saves in three seasons with the White Sox from 2012 to 2013 and Diamondbacks in 2014. Reed also started the season as the Mets’ closer when Familia served a 15-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic-violence policy.
Reed converted his first four save opportunities this season, but blew his latest chance Sunday after giving up a three-run homer to Brewers catcher Manny Piña.
As of Monday morning, Reed was available in 26 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 49 percent of ESPN leagues. With the Mets at 16-20 and dealing with a slew of injuries, Reed won’t necessarily get a huge number of save opportunities in the near future. But, he can aid in other categories with an 11.1 K/9 and 0.964 WHIP.
Hansel Robles or Fernando Salas likely would take over as the Mets’ closer if Reed struggles. Salas has far more ninth-inning experience — 24 saves for the Cardinals in 2011 and 30 for his career. Robles has just one career save in eight opportunities. Both are available in at least 88 percent of Yahoo! and ESPN leagues.
The Twins’ Brandon Kintzler or the Rangers’ Matt Bush could turn out to be better waiver wire adds for owners looking for saves. Kintzler earned his 10th save on Saturday, and Bush is 4-for-4 since taking over as the Rangers’ closer when Sam Dyson hit the disabled list April 17.
Kintzler was available in 23 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 38.9 percent of ESPN leagues while Matt Bush was available in 32 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 60.5 percent of ESPN leagues as of Monday morning.