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

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • Well, it looks as if Brad Hand is back and ready to pitch in high-leverage situations after all, according to Terry Francona. With only six games left and the Indians fighting for their playoff lives, I’d expect Hand to get at least one, maybe two save opportunities before the season ends.
  • Sean Doolittle on the other hand still has yet to see a save chance this month, with Daniel Hudson working the past two opportunities. At this point, Hudson is the only member of this bullpen worth owning.
  • Craig Kimbrel continues to be a train-wreck for the Cubs, as his fastball velocity continues to sit under 96 mph. For the entire month of September, Kimbrel has walked two while allowing five hits—four of which have been home runs—in just 2.1 innings of work.
  • With this being the last Closing Time of the season, I’d like to thank all the readers and just say that it’s been a pleasure covering all things bullpen-related once again this season. However, just because the regular season is coming to an end doesn’t mean we are done putting out content for the year. Keep an eye out this fall for our team-by-team bullpen reviews that will cover all fantasy-relevant relievers heading into the 2020 season.

Graphic by Michael Haas (@digitalHaas 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.

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