Welcome to Closing Time! A weekly check in on everything saves related, Closing Time is where all the closers and speculative options are broken down into tiers based on skill, competition/opportunity/job security, and injury risk. Accompanied by who is most likely to assume the closer role in the event of a change in the hierarchy. It’s a mixture of short and long term value with more focus placed on the rest of the season.
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9. Seung Hwan Oh (St. Louis Cardinals) – Jonathan Broxton
20. Alex Colome (Tampa Bay Rays) – Xavier Cedeno
24. Jeanmar Gomez (Philadelphia Phillies) – Hector Neris
TIER 7 – Speculative
39. Sean Kelley (Washington Nationals)
41. Hector Neris (Philadelphia Phillies)
42. Rasiel Iglesias (Cincinnati Reds)
– Arodys Vizcaino (Atlanta Braves)
– The second half has begun and that makes for an interesting article as we get to look at closers as they pull out of the gate after the break. The big injury news is Arodys Vizcaino sidelined, though Jim Johnson should perform admirably in his absence, we are still talking about a Braves team that does not deserve trust to get saves unless you are in a very deep league.
– Wade Davis came back from his injury; he’s one of the best in the game and deserves to be up in the top tier. He converted his first save since returning last night on only three pitches, cleaning up the mess made my Chris Young. It’s his 20th of the year, he also threw a clean inning non-save inning.
– AJ Ramos has come out of the break as hot as he entered. Ramos has converted three saves already with five strikeouts while only allowing three hits. This is what we want to see from our top tier guy.
– Ryan Madson is the only other closer with three saves since the break and though he allowed a Justin Smoak solo homer in one of the three, he’s making his owners pretty happy with his performance right now. I still think that the A’s will move him, and I do not know if he will retain his closing roll on another team. We’ll see, I suppose.
– Here is a fun stat: 19 pitchers have picked up at least one save since the ASB, aside from Madson, Jeanmar Gomez is the only other one of the 19 that gave up runs. So for most closers its been a great start to the second half.
– Unfortunately, I said most. David Robertson, Santiago Casilla, Kenley Jansen, and Seung Hwan Oh have all had AWFUL first appearances back…. and yes any blown save for our number one guy Jansen can be deemed awful. Seriously though, all these closers are in the top two tiers and I’m going to chalk most of these blunders up to rust, Robertson is the only one who gets moved down as he’s already been wearing me thin this year. Hopefully all bounce back by next week.
– Interesting situation developing over in Arizona as Jake Barrett picked up a save after Tyler Clippard put three men on base on Sunday night. He did allow two of the inherited runs to score, and I still do think that Clippard is the first in line for the saves in Arizona, but if things continue to be rough for the Diamondbacks pen, Barrett could see some action,