Closing Time 9/20: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2022 season.

Jimmy Herget had 3 saves over his last 3 outings in August, but has yet to record a save in September despite posting an ERA of 1.00 and WHIP of .89 over 9 innings. Instead, Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup have the teams past two saves, despite (mostly) struggling this season. It could be a committee the rest of the way, which is unfortunate as the Angels schedule has them playing two series each against the Rangers and Athletics as a well as a series against the Twins this weekend. Those are all winnable games, so stay tuned to how the bullpen trends here as the week progresses.

 

Notes

 

  • Kenley Jansen has bounced back this past week with two perfect outings leading to two saves as the Braves continue to have confidence in the veteran closer. Lets hope he’s over his rough patch and ready to finish the season strong.
  • David Bednar could return this week, bumping Wil Crowe and others out of the closer picture for the remainder of the year. Who knows how many saves the Pirates will get the rest of the way, but they do get the Cubs and Reds the next two series after the Yankees.

 

  • Jhoan Duran has taken over as the Twins interim closer as the team fades out of the playoff picture. He’s in a similar position to Pete Fairbanks where you’re not quite sure if he is the full time closer but you still want to roster him in all formats.
  • David Robertson is holding steady as the Phillies closer, and with Seranthony Domínguez allowing five earned runs his last time out, Robertson likely has a tighter grasp on the role. At this point of the season, I wouldn’t anticipate many (if any) major closer changes the rest of the way.

 

  • Just when it looked like Craig Kimbrel was figuring things out and ready to close out games again, he goes out and blows a save against the Diamondbacks and has just 4 K’s over his last 8 IP. It’s been a tumultuous season for Kimbrel who’s role will be one to monitor as we head to the postseason.
  • Gregory Soto has a 5.12 SIERA, WHIP of 1.83 and a K-BB rate of 3.3% since August began but still seems to be the favorite for saves in Detroit for the time being. He’s someone to stay away from in drafts next season if he able to hold onto the closer role through the offseason.
Rank Pitcher Change
1Edwin DíazT1-
2Devin Williams-
3Liam Hendriks-
4Emmanuel Clase-
5Félix Bautista-
6Jordan Romano
T2
-
7Ryan Helsley-
8Ryan Pressly-
9Josh Hader+2
10Pete Fairbanks+4
11Paul Sewald-2
12Kenley Jansen+9
13Camilo Doval-1
14Scott Barlow-1
15José Leclerc+1
16Daniel Bard
T3
+2
17Jhoan Duran+UR
18Alexis Díaz+4
19David Bednar+UR
20Clay Holmes-10
21David Robertson+5
22Brandon Hughes-2
23Jimmy Herget-4
24Craig Kimbrel-9
25Gregory Soto-8
26Dylan Floro
T4
+UR
27Matt Barnes-2
28Domingo Acevedo+UR
29Kyle Finnegan-1
30Ian Kennedy-1

 

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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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