Closing Time 9/15: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rick Graham ranks baseball's closers for the 2020 season.

Kenley Jansen had back to back horrible outings last week, leading to some concerns that he may be breaking down. Between the two outings, Jansen allowed 8 hits and 8 runs (6 ER) over 1.1 IP while only striking out one batter. So, how worried should we be? Well, his velocity has dipped a bit over the second half of the season but not to the point that should make a dramatic difference.

As Dave Roberts said after Jansens last blown save “he kept missing middle-middle” so I’ll chalk it up to poor control for two games and totally expect Jansen to be fine. For what it’s worth, he threw a clean inning in a non-save chance the night after his second meltdown and looked great.

Notes

 

  • Nick Anderson and Diego Castillo continue to share the Rays closer role, and while it hurts both pitchers’ values, both should still be rostered in most 12 teamers for the remainder of the season.
  • Taylor Rogers imploded again last night, and now has a 4.86 ERA and 1.56 WHIP on the season. He’s only blown 2 saves on the year, but in a bullpen full of quality relievers, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him lose the closer role down the stretch.
  • Ken Giles returned to the Blue Jays bullpen last week and despite a rocky first outing back, he still may be in line to close out games starting this weekend. Rafael Dolis has been great filling in as the teams closer and is worth rostering for this week at least or until Giles gets a save chance.
  • With Giovanny Gallegos heading to the IL with a groin injury, the Cardinals will likely turn to a committee to close out games the rest of the way. Ryan Helsley received the first save opportunity in game one of yesterday’s doubleheader and wound up blowing the save as he has really struggled since returning from the COVID IL.  Tyler Webb was able to close things out in the second game of the doubleheader and may now be the front runner for save chances for the time being. With 16 games left over the next two weeks, keep an eye on how this situation plays out as this team should continue to see plenty of save chances.

 

 

RankPitcherChange
1Liam HendriksT1-
2Aroldis Chapman+2
3Kenley Jansen-
4Josh Hader-2
5Edwin Diaz+2
6Ryan Pressly-
7Brad Hand
T2
+1
8Mark Melancon+3
9Alex Colome+3
10Trevor Rosenthal+3
11Raisel Iglesias+4
12Rafael Montero+2
13Nick Anderson
T3
-3
14Taylor Rogers-5
15Jeremy Jeffress+6
16Daniel Bard+2
17Hector Neris+UR
18Greg Holland+6
19Brandon Kintzler+1
20Tony Watson
T4
+UR
21Yoshihisa Hirano+UR
22Richard Rodriguez-
23Bryan Garcia+3
24Daniel Hudson-7
25Matt Barnes-6
26Rafael Dolis+UR
27Andrew Miller
T5
+UR
28Ty Buttrey-5
29Stefan Crichton+UR
30Cesar Valdez-

 

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

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.

  • Avatar Former Workman Owner says:

    Do we really think Tyler Webb is the lead of that committee in St. Louis? My thought was Andrew Miller and that the only reason he didn’t get the opportunity on the 2nd game of the doubleheader was because he had pitched two days in a row. Thoughts?

    • Avatar Rick Graham says:

      It very well could be Miller getting the next save chance, but he hasn’t exactly been great either. I’m more leaning towards like 3-4 different guys getting saves for this team the last two weeks of the year.

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