Projected Top 5 Save Leaders In The American And National League For MLB 2016
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Figuring out the Saves Leaders for the 2016 year is a lot easier to project than the Holds Leaders we did last week. Perhaps the easiest to discern is also the National League.
I feel the Bucs may trade Melancon despite being in a position to make the playoffs. I also think the Cubs will blow out a ton of clubs this season in games, and therefore not need Rondon to lockdown a 3 run or under lead.
I fully think that Craig Kimbrel will lead the entire Major Leagues for the Boston Red Sox as their Closer.
I may have gone with Aroldis Chapman on the list as well, however his pending suspension for his domestic violence call in should see him riding pine for at least 25 games. The New York Yankees should still lead the Junior Circuit for total team Saves.
Ken Giles of the Astros may be a surprise to some folks, but I think Houston might win the most amount of games in the American League. The more I see the Angels and Rangers doing duff for offseason acquisitions, the more I like the “Stros to rack up Saves.
Sean Doolittle was a guy who I would put just outside the list here, but I am not sure the A’s will have enough opportunities for him. I also wouldn’t put it past Billy Beane to deal him later on this season.
Forget about the bottom feeding Brewers, Reds, Rockies, Padres, Phillies and Braves from having anybody.
Tolleson has a better chance to back up his 35 Save season in 2015, and I think he will be in the mid 30’s again for 2016, falling just short of the mark.
2016 Saves Projections
American League Leaders
Craig Kimbrel, BOS – 49
Francisco Rodriguez, DET – 43
Wade Davis, KC – 42
Ken Giles, HOU – 40
David Robertson, CWS – 38
National League Leaders
Jeurys Familia, NYM – 48
Trevor Rosenthal, STL – 46
Santiago Casilla, SF – 43
Kenley Jansen, LAD – 40
Jonathan Papelbon, WSH – 40
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