Fantasy baseball closer stock watch: Phillies seem to be set

The Phillies seem set to rely on Hector Neris in 2021, ready to forgive and forget a less-than-stellar 2020. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

It became obvious late in Spring Training that Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi would have little choice but to start the new season with right-hander Hector Neris as his closer. Perhaps initially he did not want to roll with Neris, one of the few returning options from a historic mess of a 2020 bullpen that produced an incomprehensible 7.06 ERA. That said, at least Neris is experienced -- and he has pitched well so far, saving a pair of games and permitting just one base hit over five scoreless outings. He remains available in 52% of ESPN standard leagues.