Closing Time 7/10: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday
Light pink row designates Closer By Committee
Without question the most disappointing news in the closer world this week comes out of Philadelphia and the fact that Victor Arano earned three more saves than Seranthony Dominguez. Now only one of these saves concerns me (the second one) as far as how the two were used, but even still, that outing could be justified as a strict matchup play rather than Kapler just preferring Arano to Seranthony. It’s still likely to be a frustrating ride with Seranthony going forward, as weeks like these will surely happen again, but there should also be times where he is the one getting 3 saves in a week, which combined with his elite ratios and K ability still keep him in must-own territory.
- In committee news, Will Smith has now picked up the Giants past three saves and may be separating himself from the rest of the pack. As good as he has been this season, I’m still skeptical Bruce Bochy and co. plan on having him as the primary closer rest of season.
- With Shane Greene returning soon, sooner than expected in fact, it puts a damper on Joe Jimenez’s value…for now. The good news for Jimenez owners is that Greene now gets a chance to prove he’s healthy prior to the trade deadline, and should be considered likely to switch teams.
- Four relievers had 3 saves this past week and of course, Edwin Diaz was one of them. The other three were Corey Knebel, Fernando Rodney, and Victor Arano. Rodney has continued to exceed expectations on the year but with the Twins out of contention, he is all but guaranteed to be moved at the deadline.