It’s time for the latest edition of Closing Time where we rank all 30 closing situations in the majors. Let’s take a look at where we stand:
TIER 1: Chess – These guys are the best of the bunch. The best lock on the closer role and will help you with ERA/WHIP/Ks as well.
TIER 2: Checkers – They are solid options, but there is just something not perfect about them. It could be a question of job security, or the dent they will put on your peripheral stats.
13. Zach Britton (Orioles) + Darren O’Day/Tommy Hunter
TIER 3: Chutes and Ladders – These guys are all that’s left on the shelf. Their jobs are not as secure and you’re taking a risk by sticking them into your lineups.
– Kenley Jansen is nearing his return to the field while Yimi Garcia has done a great job as of late.
– Miami’s closer situation officially went through a revolution as Steve Cishek has been booted. A.J. Ramos should get the majority of the chances to start.
– Jeurys Familia has been a nice surprise for the Mets and handled the reigns well so far in New York.
– He’s only accumulated two saves thus far, and Addison Reed’s 1.67 WHIP is making him a tough pill to swallow when looking for saves.
– Cody Allen has been very shaky and his grip on the job seems looser every day.