The new season is hardly even underway and fantasy owners are already cursing their closers.
Two of the National League’s top closers blew saves Sunday night in their first official appearances of the season, while a couple of low-priced bargain closers wrapped up tidy three-up, three-down saves on Monday.
Yes, paying for saves can be a frustrating experience.
‘Proven closers’ falter
— Mark Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million contract to help the San Francisco Giants fill the void at the back of their bullpen. But he allowed a two-out double and three consecutive singles to turn a 5-4 lead into a 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Melancon was a $20 purchase in NL Tout Wars two weekends ago and an $18 pickup in the Mixed auction.
— In the Sunday nightcap, Seung Hwan Oh of the St. Louis Cardinals put out a fire in the eighth inning by retiring Chicago Cubs sluggers Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded. But he gave up a game-tying three-run homer to Willson Contreras…