Closing Time 4/30: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday
Light pink row designates Closer By Committee
- Ryan Brasier had zero saves this week while Matt Barnes had 1 last night with Brasier pitching the 8th. I still think this is heading towards a 75/25 split depending on matchups.
- Blake Parker had a good two-save week, while Taylor Rogers had 0. This is likely headed to a 75/25 split as well, with Parker on the right side of the platoon.
- Hector Neris had an up and down week, but was still the only Philly reliever to have a save. While he’s definitely trending in the right direction as far as saves go, just remember this is the Phillies and things can change at any moment.
- With Cody Allen landing on the IL with a back injury, it should open up the job to Ty Buttrey, but we might see Hansel Robles or even Luis Garcia mix in as well. Buttrey’s been great this year and after finishing last season as the team’s closer, he should be the frontrunner.
- A.J. Minter is clearly not right at the moment and may not see a save chance for a while after getting pulled this past weekend after allowing two hits. Luke Jackson replaced him and got the final two outs to pick up his first save of the season and could see some work this week in the role while Minter figures things out. Jacob Webb picked up a save last night, but with both Jackson and Minter seemingly off after pitching back to back days, so I wouldn’t read too much into this.
- The Rays closer position seemingly went full-blown committee this past week with Emilio Pagan and Diego Castillo alternating between roles and Jose Alvarado strictly seeing set-up work. This looks like a mess now—Alvarado has 4 saves on the year while Castillo and Pagan have 3 a piece. I think all three have a case to be owned in 12+ team leagues, as each one is pitching extremely well this season, but I understand if you’d rather just stay out of this.