Closing Time 4/2: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday
|Rank||Player||Change||Next in Line|
|1.||Edwin Diaz (New York Mets)||–||Jeurys Familia|
|2.||Kenley Jansen (Los Angeles Dodgers)||–||Joe Kelly|
|3.||Blake Treinen (Oakland Athletics)||–||Joakim Soria|
|4.||Aroldis Chapman (New York Yankees)||–||Zack Britton|
|5.||Josh Hader (Milwaukee Brewers)||–||Jacob Barnes|
|6.||Sean Doolittle (Washington Nationals)||–||Trevor Rosenthal|
|7.||Kirby Yates (San Diego Padres)||–||Craig Stammen|
|8.||Jose Leclerc (Texas Rangers)||–||Shawn Kelley|
|9.||Roberto Osuna (Houston Astros)||–||Ryan Pressly|
|10.||Felipe Vazquez (Pittsburgh Pirates)||–||Keone Kela|
|11.||Brad Hand (Cleveland Indians)||–||Neil Ramirez|
|12.||Ken Giles (Toronto Blue Jays)||–||Joe Biagini|
|13.||Jose Alvarado (Tampa Bay Rays)||+2||Diego Castillo|
|14.||Will Smith (San Francisco Giants)||+2||Reyes Moronta|
|15.||Wade Davis (Colorado Rockies)||-1||Seung-Hwan Oh|
|16.||Raisel Iglesias (Cincinnati Reds)||+2||Jared Hughes|
|17.||Matt Barnes (Boston Red Sox)||+1||Ryan Brasier|
|18.||Cody Allen (Los Angeles Angels)||-1||Ty Buttrey|
|19.||Alex Colome (Chicago White Sox)||+1||Kelvin Herrera|
|20.||Jordan Hicks (St. Louis Cardinals)||+1||Andrew Miller|
|21.||Pedro Strop (Chicago Cubs)||-2||Steve Cishek|
|22.||David Robertson (Philadelphia Phillies)||+1||Seranthony Dominguez|
|23.||Arodys Vizcaino (Atlanta Braves)||-1||A.J. Minter|
|24.||Greg Holland (Arizona Diamondbacks)||+3||Archie Bradley|
|25.||Shane Greene (Detroit Tigers)||+3||Joe Jimenez|
|26.||Trevor May (Minnesota Twins)||-1||Taylor Rogers|
|27.||Sergio Romo (Miami Marlins)||+2||Drew Steckenrider|
|28.||Mychal Givens (Baltimore Orioles)||-4||Richard Bleier|
|29.||Anthony Swarzak (Seattle Mariners)||UR||Cory Gearrin|
|30.||Ian Kennedy (Kansas City Royals)||UR||Brad Boxberger|
- Will Smith was officially named closer in San Francisco last week and has already paid dividends for those who took a chance drafting him. He picked up his second save last night and has a 4/1 K/BB ratio over 2 innings while not yet allowing a hit.
- While he does have one hold to his name, Raisel Iglesias has yet to earn a save this season and picked up a loss yesterday after entering in a tie game. He’s struggled to start the season (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1/3 K/BB) but the usage is the bigger concern to monitor.
- Matt Barnes received the first and only Red Sox save chance to date and shut the door with a perfect ninth while adding 2 K’s. It’s good to see him stay out of trouble in his first outing, but it’s still too early to declare him the full time closer.
- Pedro Strop’s season has gotten off to a rocky start as well, which is not helping his case to keep the closer job even after Brandon Morrow returns. He should have some leash to begin the year still, but another shaky outing or two could lead to Steve Cishek seeing save chances.
- While neither has earned a save yet, the situation in Philadelphia with Seranthony Dominguez and David Robertson still has the looks of a full-blown timeshare. Both are still worth holding onto, despite the rough start for Robertson, as the Phillies should start cranking out save chances.
- The Braves are in a similar situation with A.J. Minter returning this week and the news that Arodys Vizcaino may lose save opportunities due to his shoulder problems. Both are worth owning for now until we see how things play out but Minter is the preferred option at this point.
- The same goes for the Twins, as it looks like Rocco Baldelli will play matchups in the 9th rather than have a set closer. Taylor Rogers earned the first save of the year, getting the last 1.1 innings of the game with 3 lefties and a switch hitter due up. Trevor May has only recorded one out this season, but I’d still expect him to get the next save chance with a predominantly right-handed lineup due up in the 9th.
- The situations in Baltimore, Seattle and Kansas City are shaping up to be fantasy nightmares, which is not totally unexpected. Mychal Givens has yet to earn a save with the Orioles, but Mike Wright, Paul Fry and Richard Bleier have all earned one so far. This is super frustrating for Givens owners and I understand dropping him in 10-12 teamers. With Hunter Strickland down, the Mariners have thrown almost everyone out there in the 9th inning with a lead, but maybe that will change with Antony Swarzak returning. Who knows about the Royals situation, but Ian Kennedy was successful when he got the chance so it’d make sense to run him back out there again for the next one.
Graphic by Michael Haas (@digitalHaas on Twitter)