Closing Time 7/3: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday
Light pink row designates Closer By Committee
The Tigers placed closer Shane Greene on the DL with a shoulder strain yesterday, opening the door for Joe Jimenez to potentially run away with the job, as long as he starts pitching well again that is. Before Monday afternoons game, Jimenez had a 2.77 ERA and 1.08 WHIP to go with an appealing 44/9 K/BB rate on the year. Then, in his first save chance since Greene was placed on the DL, he walked three batters (one intentional) and allowed a double, subsequently being credited with his first blown save since early May. I still have a ton of faith in him going forward, and while we could chalk up the walks today to potential jitters from the fact he is now the teams closer but the past week has been really bad (3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K). It’s a bad time to go cold, but I’d still buy in here where he is available as a potential top 12-15 closer the rest of the season depending on Greene’s healthy/trade status.
- In committee news, there hasn’t been a whole lot of change in the Astros bullpen, but with Hector Rondon still, option 1A. I’m tempted to just skip out on the whole San Francisco mess at this point with Mark Melancon needing to be bailed out by Will Smith on Sunday. It should have been Melancon’s time to permanently hold the job, but in not doing so, makes the situation even murkier. While Melancon’s stock continues trending down, Smith has been amazing all year and probably the best stash out of the bunch.
- A lot of injury news this past week, headlined by the returns of Arodys Vizcaino and Brandon Morrow. Both injuries were on the mild side, especially Morrows, while Vizcaino hasn’t pitched in over two weeks and might be a little rusty this week but should be fine moving forward. Ryan Tepera was also placed on the DL this weekend with elbow inflammation with Tyler Clippard likely to see the bulk of save chances until Tepera or Roberto Osuna return.
- Edwin Diaz was the only reliever with 4 saves this week, however, Sergio Romo did notch 3 saves and a hold. Romo’s worked out just fine for the Rays switching from opener to closer, but keep an eye on Diego Castillo in that bullpen if Romo falters at any point.