Closing Time 6/5: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Next In Line
1
-
T1
Kenley Jansen 1 Josh Fields
2
-
Aroldis Chapman 2 David Robertson
3
-
Craig Kimbrel 3 Joe Kelly
4
-
T2
Edwin Diaz 4 Alex Colome
5
-
Sean Doolittle 5 Brandon Kintzler
6
-
Blake Treinen 6 Santiago Casilla
7
+1
Brad Hand 8 Kirby Yates
8
+3
Brandon Morrow 11 Steve Cishek
9
-2
T3
Wade Davis 7 Bryan Shaw
10
-
Cody Allen 10 Dan Otero
11
-2
Corey Knebel 9 Josh Hader
12
-
Brad Boxberger 12 Archie Bradley
13
+1
Kelvin Herrera 14 Kevin McCarthy
14
-1
T4
Bud Norris 13 Jordan Hicks
15
-
Felipe Vazquez 15 Edgar Santana
16
-
Jeurys Familia 16 Robert Gsellman
17
-
Ken Giles 17 Chris Devenski
18
-
Raisel Iglesias 18 Jared Hughes
19
-
T5
Arodys Vizcaino 19 A. J. Minter
20
-
Keone Kela 20 Alex Claudio
21
+1
Fernando Rodney 22 Addison Reed
22
+1
Shane Greene 23 Joe Jimenez
23
+UR
Kyle Barraclough UR Drew Steckenrider
24
-3
T6
Hunter Strickland 21 Mark Melancon
25
+UR
Seranthony Dominguez UR Hector Neris
26
-1
Blake Parker 25 Justin Anderson
27
+1
Brad Brach 28 Mychal Givens
28
-1
Nate Jones 27 Joakim Soria
29
-
Ryan Tepera 29 Seung-hwan Oh
30
+UR
Chaz Roe UR Jose Alvarado

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

 

It only took two-plus months, but Brad Ziegler’s reign as Marlins closer has finally come to an end. He only has one blown save to his credit on the season, however, the 7.88 ERA and 1.71 WHIP to go with a 0-5 record weren’t helping his cause. Kyle Barraclough will now be working the 9th and while he is a significant upgrade, the biggest problem with this situation is just how many potential save situations the Marlins have left this season. Still, Barraclough is worth the add in most standard leagues if you could use some help with saves and strikeouts.

  • In committee news, it looks like while Blake Parker does have the upper hand, Justin Anderson is still hanging around, as he (barely) picked up a save Sunday. While Parker should see the majority of chances, it’s probably best to stay away from this situation outside of deeper leagues. It should only be a matter of time before Seranthony Dominguez is named closer in Philadelphia. He continues to be stellar, whereas Hector Neris was bad again this week, even in non-save situations as he allowed 9 hits over 2.1 innings (3 hits and a run in each of his three outings).
  • On the injury front, Mark Melancon returned on from the 60-day DL last Friday, and while the early returns have been positive (struck out the side in order in his first appearance), I wouldn’t expect to see him start closing again until the end of the month at the earliest. Zach Britton has looked amazing in his rehab so far and should be on track to return June 15th as long as this week goes without a setback.
  • Sean Doolittle, Aroldis Chapman, Brad Hand, Craig Kimbrel and Brandon Morrow all tied for the weekly lead in saves with 3. It’s nice to see Morrow’s usage starting to trend up without a hitch as he is now at past the 20 innings mark. It’ll be worth keeping an eye on how he holds up once he gets into the 40+ innings range.
Rick Graham

Former player and coach of the game who misses every second of it. Red Sox fan born and raised in Boston that is currently largely outnumbered by Yankees fans at PitcherList.

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Comments


Play Ball

Hey Rick.
I traded Treinen for Jansen. Treinen has been awesome this year, but with Jansen throwing much better – average velo on cutter back to normal – I thought it best to take the known quantity in case Treinen turns into a pumpkin. Good move?

Play Ball

Bump.

Would like your opinion on this trade. A couple people told me they wouldn’t have traded Treinen for Jansen.

NH

I was just offered this trade. Would you do it

I would get Bauer & Hader and I would give up Mikolas & Quintana

Rick Graham

In a holds league, definitely. In a standard save only, I have some reservations since Hader isn’t likely to see a ton of chances, but I still might pull the trigger for Bauers upside.

QARMY

I have Kimbrel, Iglesias, Neris and Jones.

Parker and Brach are on waivers. Would you suggest swapping any rostered guys for a waiver one?

Anyone else that could be in the FA pool worth a lottery ticket? Britton and Melancon are both gone.

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