Closing Time 7/30: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Next In Line
1
-
T1
Josh Hader 1 Freddy Peralta
2
-
Kirby Yates 2 Craig Stammen
3
-
T2
Kenley Jansen 3 Pedro Baez
4
-
Aroldis Chapman 4 Zack Britton
5
-
Felipe Vazquez 5 Keone Kela
6
-
Roberto Osuna 6 Will Harris
7
-
Brad Hand 7 Nick Wittgren
8
+1
Will Smith 9 Tony Watson
9
+9
Taylor Rogers 18 Sergio Romo
10
+2
T3
Sean Doolittle 12 Hunter Strickland
11
-1
Ken Giles 10 Justin Shafer
12
-4
Craig Kimbrel 8 Steve Cishek
13
-
Hansel Robles 13 Ty Buttrey
14
+3
Ian Kennedy 17 Scott Barlow
15
-
Hector Neris 15 Juan Nicasio
16
-
Carlos Martinez 16 Giovanny Gallegos
17
-6
T4
Edwin Diaz 11 Seth Lugo
18
+5
Shane Greene 23 Luke Jackson
19
+6
Alex Colome 25 Aaron Bummer
20
-6
Liam Hendriks 14 Blake Treinen
21
-1
T5
Emilio Pagan 20 Diego Castillo
22
+UR
Brandon Workman UR Nathan Eovaldi
23
-4
Jose Leclerc 19 Jesse Chavez
24
+2
T6
Raisel Iglesias 26 Michael Lorenzen
25
+2
Wade Davis 27 Scott Oberg
26
+UR
Archie Bradley UR Yoan Lopez
27
+UR
T7
Joe Jimenez UR Buck Farmer
28
+UR
Ryne Stanek UR Tayron Guerrero
29
+UR
Anthony Bass UR Sam Tuivailala
30
+UR
Shawn Armstrong UR Mychal Givens

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

EDIT: Due to all the moves over the past 30 hours, I’ve updated the list for the week as of 5PM EST Wednesday. 

  • It’s unclear if the Sergio Romo acquisition takes the Twins out of of the running for any of the other closers out there, but for now, it looks more and more likely Tyler Rogers is going to keep his job through the deadline. In what’s been the worst MLB season ever for relief pitchers, Rogers’ numbers certainly belong in the top 10.
  • I’m not in full-on panic mode with Craig Kimbrel just yet, but between the atrocious BB rate (15.7%) and his fastball velocity barely getting up to 95 MPH the past 3 outings, I am a little concerned that maybe he won’t be able to fully figure things out. The good news is the Cubs will likely give him a long enough leash that he would have to completely bottom out to lose his job, but for owners that have been waiting on him to perform all season, this has to be disappointing.
  • Ken Giles‘ elbow keeps acting up and has limited his usage as of late, which can’t be good for his odds of being traded tomorrow. If only he were to start seeing consistent save chances, he’d be a top 8 option. This also could very well be the last week we see Shane Greene and Alex Colome on this list. Both have mostly been linked to teams, not in need of a closer, but if you’ve been holding them up until this point, you might as well wait it out through Wednesday.
  • With Sergio Romo moving to Minnesota, this opens up the door for Nick Anderson to get save chances in Miami where despite the Marlins record, he should have some value to close out the season. Don Mattingly has refused to name anyone to the job yet, but Anderson has the best stuff out of anyone left in that bullpen.
  • Greg Holland was removed from the closer role in Arizona after a series of ugly appearances the past couple of weeks and can be dropped in most leagues at this point. Yoan Lopez figures to be the favorite to take on closer duties for now, but Yoshi Hirano could mix in as well. While he hasn’t missed a ton of bats this season, Lopez can still be a 3 category contributor moving forward and is worth the spec add in standard 12 teamers.
  • Jose Leclerc finally saw a save chance on Sunday, his first since early May, and obviously, he proceeded to pick up the blown save and loss. On the bright side, it was just the first time he had allowed more than 1 ER in 22 consecutive outings and only the second time he has walked 2 or more batter since May 9th. It would seem nerves got the best of him Sunday, but that may just be enough to close the book on him picking up any saves for the rest of 2019. Assuming he is healthy and not traded, Chris Martin should get any save chances until Shawn Kelley returns a week or two from now.
  • Nathan Eovaldi has been a disaster out of the bullpen so far, prompting the Sox to be more urgent in their search for a closer. They’ve been linked to just about every reliever on the market this deadline so I’d imagine they make a deal for someone by tomorrow night. For now, it’s still worth hanging on to Eovaldi and Brandon Workman through Wednesday’s deadline, but I ultimately expect the team to find an upgrade somehow.
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


Christopher

To be fair to Leclerc, he pitched 4 out of 5 days before the BS, so it might have been less nerves and more fatigue.

digdeeper

Nick Anderson is also supposedly on the block, Mattingly was talking up Trevor Richards as a closer candidate.

Rick Graham

Yea I see that he mentioned Richards as someone who could step in eventually, but I think for now, Anderson is the guy to own.

AC

With Richards and Anderson now with the Rays, any insights on how roles in the TB bullpen shake out? Anderson, Richards, Castillo, and Pagan all available in my 10 team H2H, and I need someone to replace Luke Jackson’s save opps. Are Givens/Eovaldi/Workman better adds than any of the Rays?

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