Projecting saves for each NL team

Since "he's" been gone, the Philadelphia Phillies have struggled to find any closer clarity, much to Eric Karabell's chagrin. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post/Getty Images

It’s not fair to label the closing situations in the NL as a total mess. After all, more than half the teams are likely to be led by safe, established closers whom fantasy owners can trust. While injury and performance vary every season in unexpected ways, when predicting final saves totals I’m not trying to be goofy and bold -- just reasonable.

In the AL, most situations are pretty clear and I did predict that several current ninth-inning options will lose the role. In the NL, as you’ll see, things are quite a bit more problematic. Regardless, let’s get right to it.