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