Closing Time 9/18: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Next In Line
1
-
T1
Edwin Diaz 1 Alex Colome
2
-
Blake Treinen 2 Jeurys Familia
3
-
T2
Roberto Osuna 3 Hector Rondon
4
-
Craig Kimbrel 4 Ryan Brasier
5
+15
Jeremy Jeffress 20 Corey Knebel
6
-
Jose Leclerc 6 Alex Claudio
7
-
Kenley Jansen 7 Kenta Maeda
8
-
T3
Felipe Vazquez 8 Keone Kela
9
-
Sean Doolittle 9 Greg Holland
10
-
Carlos Martinez 10 Jordan Hicks
11
-
Kirby Yates 11 Craig Stammen
12
+2
Wade Davis 14 Adam Ottavino
13
+2
Ken Giles 15 Ryan Tepera
14
-2
Raisel Iglesias 12 Michael Lorenzen
15
-10
T4
Brad Hand 5 Cody Allen
16
+6
Sergio Romo 22 Jose Alvarado
17
-
Will Smith 17 Mark Melancon
18
+1
Ty Buttrey 19 Blake Parker
19
+4
Yoshihisa Hirano 23 Archie Bradley
20
-2
A. J. Minter 18 Dan Winkler
21
+UR
Pat Neshek UR Tommy Hunter
22
-6
Dellin Betances 16 David Robertson
23
+UR
T5
Steve Cishek UR Jesse Chavez
24
-
Shane Greene 24 Joe Jimenez
25
-
Trevor Hildenberger 25 Taylor Rogers
26
+UR
Nate Jones UR Juan Minaya
27
+2
Mychal Givens 29 Miguel Castro
28
-1
Drew Steckenrider 27 Tayron Guerrero
29
-1
Robert Gsellman 28 Seth Lugo
30
-
Wily Peralta 30 Kevin McCarthy

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • Despite the resurgence of Corey Knebel and the dominance of Josh Hader, it appears as if the Brewers are content now with Jeremy Jeffress as their primary closer for the rest of the season. He needs to be owned in all formats for the rest of the year.
  • The Brad Hand, Cody Allen duo continue to swap roles, and now it looks as if Allen is back in the drivers seat for saves moving forward. Both are probably worth rostering at this point of the year.
  • Yoshihisa Hirano is trending up and looks like the favorite for saves the next two weeks in Arizona. He’s converted 2/3 save chances he’s seen this past week and is worth owning in most formats.
  • Dellin Betances may be running out of chances to earn saves with Aroldis Chapman close to returning. Neither is ideal to use this week, especially for those of you in the championship round, but for those looking forward to next week, Chapman can be added if available.
  • Sergio Romo, Craig Kimbrel, and Felipe Vazquez all picked up 3 saves this past week. It’s good to see Romo back and pitching, 3 straight days nonetheless, after being used just once between August 25th and September 15th. He seems healthy, so I’d imagine the Rays continue to roll him out there to close out (most) games.
Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He also writes for RotoBaller.

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Comments


theKraken

Who would have thought that Jeffress would ever get to this point? The Brewers literally pulled this opportunity from him a few years ago and traded him a way to a team with a poor bullpen where he couldn’t get save ops. Its pretty crazy.

Rick Graham

Really is crazy how his career has come full circle since debuting for the Brewers. I kept expecting a drop off from him this season but it never came.

theKraken

As skeptical as I was a week ago, I think Hirano will get all the save ops going forward. I think the biggest issue might be ineffectiveness of the bullpen and finding saves.

Rick Graham

That bullpen is crumbling by the minute, but I’m hoping the team as a whole is still talented enough to keep it together for the next week so Hirano can add another 2, maybe saves.

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