Tyler Yates is America's most dangerous closer


And when we say that he's dangerous, we mean that he's a threat to you, his fantasy owners, not to opposing hitters.

As Scott discussed in last night's Closing Time, the 30-year-old Yates picked up a save against the Rockies, retiring Willy Taveras, Jeff Baker and Matt Holliday in a perfect ninth.

Yates was understandably pleased. These were his comments, via the Pirates website:

"I've had a couple days off, and that extra adrenaline helps," said Yates, who last pitched Friday. "You pitch in the seventh and eighth and you have adrenaline, but it's nothing like in the ninth."

And while Russell continues to avoid naming a closer in Capps' absence, Yates has made it no secret that it's a role he wants.

"[The] ninth inning is one of the hardest innings to pitch in," Yates said. "If the game's on the line, that's the big time. My heart is still racing. I kind of like it a lot."

Left-hander John Grabow seemed like the strongest candidate to get saves in Pittsburgh following the Damaso Marte trade, but he's been the subject of various rumored deadline deals.

So for now, Yates is the add...but only if you really need the saves, and you can sustain a hit to your pitching ratios.

Yates has 38 Ks and 34 walks in 53.1 innings, and his WHIP is 1.58. He's a hard-thrower, with a fastball that's averaging 94.0 mph, but that doesn't necessarily lead to strikeouts. He's been unusually hittable this month (17 H in 13 IP), and he's allowed a run in seven of his last 10 starts.

Adder beware.

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