Closing Time 9/17: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

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  • 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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