Closing Time 6/26: 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 Dellin Betances
3
+1
Craig Kimbrel 4 Joe Kelly
4
-1
Edwin Diaz 3 Alex Colome
5
+1
Blake Treinen 6 Lou Trivino
6
-1
T2
Sean Doolittle 5 Kelvin Herrera
7
+4
Corey Knebel 11 Josh Hader
8
-1
Brad Hand 7 Kirby Yates
9
+1
Cody Allen 10 Neil Ramirez
10
-2
Seranthony Dominguez 8 Hector Neris
11
+4
Keone Kela 15 Alex Claudio
12
-
T3
Zack Britton 12 Brad Brach
13
+1
Bud Norris 14 Jordan Hicks
14
+3
Felipe Vazquez 17 Michael Feliz
15
+1
Wade Davis 16 Adam Ottavino
16
+3
Raisel Iglesias 19 Jared Hughes
17
+1
Brad Boxberger 18 Archie Bradley
18
+5
T4
Kyle Barraclough 23 Drew Steckenrider
19
+5
Blake Parker 24 Justin Anderson
20
+UR
Ken Giles UR Hector Rondon
21
-
Jeurys Familia 21 Robert Gsellman
22
+4
T5
Fernando Rodney 26 Addison Reed
23
+2
Joakim Soria 25 Bruce Rondon
24
-2
Shane Greene 22 Joe Jimenez
25
+UR
Sam Dyson UR Mark Melancon
26
+4
Sergio Romo 30 Chaz Roe
27
-
T6
Ryan Tepera 27 Seung-hwan Oh
28
+UR
A. J. Minter UR Dan Winkler
29
+UR
Steve Cishek UR Pedro Strop
30
+UR
Wily Peralta UR Brandon Maurer

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

 

It may look like a four-man committee in San Francisco right now, but eventually, as delicate as they are treating him, Mark Melancon will get his job back, the one that the team is paying him $62 million to do. It sounds like it is just a matter of when Melancon is able to pitch consecutive days, however, Bruce Bochy is still unsure of when that will be, leaving the situation still in flux. For now, expect Sam Dyson and Tony Watson to see the bulk of the 8th/9th work with Melancon sprinkled in. At some point though, hopefully, pre-All-Star break, we should see Melancon re-inserted as the team’s closers.

  • In other committee news, the Astros situation still remains fluid, although it looked like Ken Giles was at least given an opportunity to take his job back from Hector Rondon. He earned a loss after allowing a run in the 9th during a tie game Friday and is still terrible in non-save situations and great in save situations (and 27/3 K/BB to back it up). It’s still somewhat unclear what the Mets are looking to do with their closer situation since they have only had a grand total of 3 saves the past month with two going to Robert Gsellman and one to Jeurys Familia. Ryan Tepera has a little over a month left as the Blue Jays closer. Dave Cherman did a great job of laying out how to handle the Roberto Osuna situation here. For the time being, it’s probably best you just stay away from all Royals relievers.
  • We had a slew of closer injuries this past week, with Hunter Strickland, Brandon Morrow, and Arodys Vizcaino all hitting the DL. We talked about the Giants situation in the opener and that seems to be the most significant injury of the three. Morrow is already back throwing and could return after the minimum amount of DL time which would see him return this weekend. I still think the team plays it safe, with a return next Tuesday more likely. Vizcaino’s shoulder injury, on the other hand, is a bit trickier, but it does seem likely to be a short-term thing. Steve Cishek, Pedro Strop, A.J. Minter and Dan Winkler are still worth adds in the short term if you have roster space.
  • Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen, Sean Doolittle, Keone Kela and Raisel Iglesias all tied for the weekly lead in saves with 4. Kela has been great since his May 1st implosion against the Indians and has allowed only 4 runs over 18 innings to go with 13 saves and a 21/7 K/BB ratio.
Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

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Comments


Adrian

Aside from Friday, Britton has gotten through his outings fine, but he doesn’t seem to have his best stuff out there. Does he just need to shake some rust off, or might he be a liability?

Rick Graham

Mostly rust, but we have to recognize that what he did in 2016 won’t happen again. He won’t be lights out every single time he pitches, but he should still be a fairly reliable reliever with an ERA around 2 and WHIP around 1.

Rick Graham

He’s looked more like his 2017 self the past few weeks, striking out 2 batters an inning and has his WHIP at .96 over he past month. He has more upside than Allen.

Perfect Game

So you’re not concerned about his role going forward and the Brew Crew using a closer by committee or match-up approach? Should I try to trade away Allen for Knebel?

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