Closing Time 9/10: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Next In Line
1
-
T1
Kirby Yates 1 Andres Munoz
2
-
Josh Hader 2 Junior Guerra
3
-
T2
Aroldis Chapman 3 Zack Britton
4
-
Roberto Osuna 4 Will Harris
5
+1
Felipe Vazquez 6 Keone Kela
6
+1
Emilio Pagan 7 Nick Anderson
7
+1
Liam Hendriks 8 Joakim Soria
8
-3
Brad Hand 5 Nick Wittgren
9
-
Taylor Rogers 9 Sergio Romo
10
-
T3
Hector Neris 10 Blake Parker
11
-
Raisel Iglesias 11 Michael Lorenzen
12
+1
Will Smith 13 Tony Watson
13
+2
Brandon Workman 15 Matt Barnes
14
+2
Carlos Martinez 16 Andrew Miller
15
+2
Seth Lugo 17 Justin Wilson
16
-2
Mark Melancon 14 Shane Greene
17
+1
Ian Kennedy 18 Scott Barlow
18
+1
Archie Bradley 19 Kevin Ginkel
19
+1
T4
Kenley Jansen 20 Kenta Maeda
20
+3
Jose Leclerc 23 Emmanuel Clase
21
+4
Alex Colome 25 Aaron Bummer
22
+2
Hansel Robles 24 Ty Buttrey
23
-1
Ken Giles 22 Derek Law
24
-3
Sean Doolittle 21 Daniel Hudson
25
-13
Craig Kimbrel 12 Steve Cishek
26
+1
T5
Joe Jimenez 27 Buck Farmer
27
-1
Mychal Givens 26 Richard Bleier
28
+1
Jairo Diaz 29 Carlos Estevez
29
+UR
Anthony Bass UR Sam Tuivailala
30
+UR
Jose Urena UR Ryne Stanek
  • Craig Kimbrel landed back on the IL last week with elbow inflammation but expects to return this weekend. I’m still leaning towards staying away from him for the rest of the season, however, as we’ve already seen him return too soon from one IL stint and it’s fair to wonder if that elbow will ever be close to 100% this year. Despite being in the middle of a playoff race, it may be best for the Cubs to slow play Kimbrel’s return to the closer role like the Nationals have been doing with Sean Doolittle.
  • Mark Melancon’s role going forward in Atlanta might be a little more up in the air after this past week after Shane Greene earned his first save as a member of the Braves. Melancon was able to come back the next day and pick up a save himself, so at the very least I’d consider him closer 1A if this indeed moves into a timeshare situation.
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


SJ

What’s the word on Edwin Diaz, is he definitely out as the closer? Saves are at a premium the next two weeks for me – should I consider dropping Doolittle for Lugo?

SJ

I agree with you about Diaz’s returns ROS. However, I don’t have Diaz – I have Sean Doolittle.

My question was about Lugo’s job security as closer ROS and if I should drop Sean Doolittle for Lugo. Basically, are the Mets going to use Lugo in save situations more than the Nats will use Doolittle for saves?

Rick Graham

I think Lugo is safer considering the Nats haven’t committed to Doolittle as their closer yet. It would be shocking if the Mets went back to Diaz for save chances this season, but then again it is the Mets…

Wes

Rick, I’m in a dynasty league and have Edwin Diaz for $15 for next season. I think its time to cut bait and grab Jairo Diaz for saves. Thoughts? I have Jansen, LeClerc, Bradley and Melancon right now. We also have holds, but I have Ottavino, Gallegos and Greene. If Edwin got the occasional hold and was used frequently for ratios, I’d keep him, but he just isn’t doing anything right now. Thanks

Rick Graham

Yea I think thats reasonable. I don’t see the Mets turning to Diaz in any high leverage situation the next week or two so don’t be afraid to cut bait to win now.

naps

Would you drop Laureano (or Ohtani/Brantley/Mallex Smith) for Neris?

Up in SVHLD 5-4. I have Hader, Will Smith, and Melancon. He has Rogers and Barnes

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