Closing Time 8/27: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Next In Line
1
-
T1
Kirby Yates 1 Craig Stammen
2
-
Josh Hader 2 Matt Albers
3
-
T2
Aroldis Chapman 3 Zack Britton
4
-
Roberto Osuna 4 Will Harris
5
-
Brad Hand 5 Nick Wittgren
6
+1
Felipe Vazquez 7 Keone Kela
7
+3
Liam Hendriks 10 Blake Treinen
8
+3
Emilio Pagan 11 Nick Anderson
9
-3
Kenley Jansen 6 Pedro Baez
10
+2
Craig Kimbrel 12 Pedro Strop
11
-2
Hector Neris 9 Blake Parker
12
+3
Raisel Iglesias 15 Michael Lorenzen
13
-5
T3
Will Smith 8 Tony Watson
14
+6
Taylor Rogers 20 Sergio Romo
15
-1
Brandon Workman 14 Matt Barnes
16
+8
Mark Melancon 24 Shane Greene
17
-4
Jose Leclerc 13 Shawn Kelley
18
+1
Carlos Martinez 19 Andrew Miller
19
+2
Seth Lugo 21 Edwin Diaz
20
-4
Ian Kennedy 16 Scott Barlow
21
-3
T4
Alex Colome 18 Aaron Bummer
22
-
Archie Bradley 22 Yoan Lopez
23
-6
Hansel Robles 17 Ty Buttrey
24
-1
Ken Giles 23 Derek Law
25
+UR
Sean Doolittle UR Daniel Hudson
26
-
T5
Joe Jimenez 26 Buck Farmer
27
+UR
Matt Magill UR Sam Tuivailala
28
+UR
Mychal Givens UR Paul Fry
29
+UR
Jairo Diaz UR Carlos Estevez
30
-1
Ryne Stanek 29 Jose Urena

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • With only a month to go in the regular season, and potentially only weeks left for fantasy owners, this week serves as a final reset of the rankings as we go into the stretch run. Unlike before, strength of schedule is now something worth monitoring, not just recent success and usage.
  • We also have to be mindful of any potential shut down risks, or limit risks, like Kenley Jansen, Ken Giles and Sean Doolittle (once he returns) who are all looking at limited usage in September. Doolittle is expected back by the end of this week or early next, but it’s doubtful we see him work in back to back games for the remainder of the season.
  • Hector Neris, Will Smith and Jose Leclerc all rank in the bottom 8 for strength of schedule remaining, and all three have shown some vulnerability as of late. Ian Kennedy‘s Royals have the 12th toughest schedule remaining, but I’m more worried about his ability, or lack thereof, to miss bats (9.1% SwStr rate is 2nd lowest amongst closers since the All-Star break), recent outings (5 ER over 2 IP) and supporting cast (3rd worst record in baseball).
  • Alex Colome continues to be the luckiest, most overrated closer in all of baseball, but given the White Sox easy schedule the rest of the way, he still deserves a top 25 spot. He is one of only two relievers on this list with both a SIERA and xFIP over 4.50 since the All-Star break, Ryne Stanek being the other. Colome also ranks last inĀ  K/BB% among closers since the break with a 7.1% mark.
  • The hardest remaining schedule award goes to Hansel Robles and the Angels who, after a two-game set with the Rangers starting tonight, get to face 8 playoff contenders in their last 9 series. The only non-contending team they play is the White Sox, who actually have a winning record at home, so expect tough sledding for Robles and the Angels the final month of the season.
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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