This week has been fairly unkind to a handful of closers around the league. Multiple meltdowns, closers questioning whether or not they can mentally perform their jobs, blown saves wrecking havoc on your fantasy stats. Lets take a minute to sort through the muck.

Jason Isringhausen had a meltdown, crying to reporters that he couldn't and shouldn't do his job anymore. Here's a snippet from an AP News Story, as seen on

After blowing his fifth save Friday night -- tying Milwaukee's Eric Gagne for most in the major leagues -- in a 4-3 loss to the Brewers, the Cardinals' embattled reliever will no longer close games, manager Tony La Russa said Saturday.

"He's still prepared to pitch important innings, but for a while we'll try to keep him out of the ninth inning," La Russa said. "There's still going to be games where you can't cherry-pick his situations because if we're playing well, you need your bullpen."

That move makes perfect sense, keeping your closer out of the ninth inning. I think I read somewhere that MLB is considering awarding closers save situations if they come in during the fourth inning, with their team leading by five or more runs.

A little ways north, the Brew Crew are seeing similar results from their 10 million dollar man Eric Gagne. Here's a blurb from another AP News story run on
The Brewers yanked Eric Gagne from the closer's role on Sunday after the reliever called his latest performance embarrassing and said he didn't feel he deserved to pitch the ninth anymore.

Manager Ned Yost said he read Gagne's comments and will use a closer by committee approach while Gagne takes what Yost called a "mental break."

"He's really pushing himself really, really hard and taking it really, really hard," Yost said. "We'll probably just mix and match, I'm not going to do anything crazy."

So what are the proud Fantasy League Owners of Gagne and Izzy to do? Let's take a quick peak at some options:

Guillermo Mota (Brewers): Stay as far away from this guy as you can. If you thought Gagne/Izzy's statements were falling short on confidence, take a look at what Mota had to say about his potential closer assignment:

Yost said anyone in his bullpen may be called on to close, and that he might take it batter-by-batter depending on matchup. Guillermo Mota has pitched well in the eighth inning, going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 appearances, but asked what he did wrong when reporters approached him before the game Sunday. He said he's not planning to become the closer.

"I don't expect that, but if there's a chance, if they put me there, then I'll try to do the best I can," said Mota, who has seven career saves. "I'm used to setting up. That's my role for many years. I'm comfortable there, but I used to be in the ninth, too."

Ryan Franklin (Cardinals): Franklin is a better option to replace Izzy than Mota is to replace Gagne. Franklin is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA so far (in 19 appearances).

Other Options Around the League:

Santiago Casilla (Oakland): We've said it before, get Casilla on your team. He's currently sporting a devastating pitching line; 2-0, 22 K, 0.47 ERA, and a 0.87 WHIP. Rotowire had this to say about the rookie flame thrower:

Casilla has delivered 17.1 scoreless innings on the season, so it is time to take notice. Huston Street had pitched two days in a row and blew a save opportunity Monday. It doesn't look like Casilla will threaten to take Street's job, but he could be a good insurance policy to Street and he should be the man if Street should be traded later this season.