Closing Time 9/17: 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 Junior Guerra
3
-
T2
Aroldis Chapman 3 Zack Britton
4
-
Roberto Osuna 4 Will Harris
5
+1
Emilio Pagan 6 Nick Anderson
6
+1
Liam Hendriks 7 Joakim Soria
7
+2
Taylor Rogers 9 Sergio Romo
8
+2
T3
Hector Neris 10 Blake Parker
9
+2
Raisel Iglesias 11 Michael Lorenzen
10
+2
Will Smith 12 Tony Watson
11
+2
Brandon Workman 13 Matt Barnes
12
+2
Carlos Martinez 14 Andrew Miller
13
+3
Mark Melancon 16 Shane Greene
14
+3
Ian Kennedy 17 Scott Barlow
15
+5
T4
Jose Leclerc 20 Emmanuel Clase
16
+3
Kenley Jansen 19 Kenta Maeda
17
+1
Archie Bradley 18 Kevin Ginkel
18
+5
Ken Giles 23 Derek Law
19
+2
Alex Colome 21 Aaron Bummer
20
+2
Hansel Robles 22 Ty Buttrey
21
-6
Seth Lugo 15 Justin Wilson
22
+6
T5
Jairo Diaz 28 Carlos Estevez
23
+3
Joe Jimenez 26 Buck Farmer
24
+UR
Richard Rodriguez UR Keone Kela
25
+4
Anthony Bass 29 Matt Magill
26
-2
Sean Doolittle 24 Daniel Hudson
27
-
Mychal Givens 27 Richard Bleier
28
-20
T6
Brad Hand 8 Adam Cimber
29
-4
Craig Kimbrel 25 Rowan Wick
30
-
Jose Urena 30 Ryne Stanek

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • While the hope is for Brad Hand (elbow), to return by the end of the season, there’s still a good chance he won’t record a save the rest of the year. Cleveland seems likely to mix and match their way through the 9th in his absence, but those in deeper leagues can take a shot on Adam Cimber, Oliver Perez or Nick Wittgren in hopes of getting a save or two before the season ends.
  • Craig Kimbrel and the Cubs are in a similar situation, with there being a real shot that Kimbrel finishes the season with just 13 saves. For those needing to chase saves, I’d expect a committee of Rowan Wick, Steve Cishek and Kyle Ryan to see the bulk of the chances here going forward. In most 10-12 team leagues, Kimbrel and Hand can be dropped.
  • Justin Wilson has recorded the last two Mets saves, while Seth Lugo continues to work in different parts of the game. Lugo should still see some save chances the next two weeks, but it certainly looks like more of a committee then before. Sean Doolittle has been back since September 1st but still has yet to record a save. In fact, the Nationals, despite going 18-12 over their last 30 games, haven’t recorded a save as a team since August 16th.
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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