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

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • The MLB trade deadline came and went with a whimper, as we didn’t see many big names move, especially when it comes to closers. Shane Greene did wind up moving from Detroit to Atlanta, which one would think could boost his fantasy value. However, let’s remember this is the same Shane Greene who holds a career 4.60 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 393 IP. He’s been lucky for much of the year, especially considering the division he pitched in, so we should expect some regression moving to the NL East. However, it’s been the Reds who seem to have his number so far, as they were able to get to him for 4 ER and 7 H over 2 IP this past weekend.
  • Wade Davis has finally been removed from the Rockies closer role, at least temporarily, with Scott Oberg taking over. Though I typically stay away from Rockies pitchers, Oberg has seemed to find a way to succeed this season with a 1.53 ERA, so I’d consider him in 12 teamers for as long as he holds the job. Davis is safe to drop in most re-draft leagues.
  • Craig Kimbrel landed on the IL this week with knee inflammation, and the lack of depth in the Cubs bullpen reared its ugly head once again Monday, as it took them 4 relievers to finish off the final two innings while allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. It’s unclear at the moment who may be the favorite for saves while Kimbrel is out, but it’s probably just best to stay away from the candidates as Kimbrel is expected to only miss the minimum 10 days anyway.
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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