Closing Time 9/4: 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
+3
Roberto Osuna 6 Hector Rondon
4
+11
Brad Hand 15 Cody Allen
5
-2
Craig Kimbrel 3 Matt Barnes
6
+1
T2
Jose Leclerc 7 Alex Claudio
7
-2
Felipe Vazquez 5 Keone Kela
8
-4
Kenley Jansen 4 Kenta Maeda
9
+5
Jeremy Jeffress 14 Josh Hader
10
-2
Will Smith 8 Mark Melancon
11
-1
Kirby Yates 10 Craig Stammen
12
-3
Raisel Iglesias 9 Michael Lorenzen
13
-2
A. J. Minter 11 Dan Winkler
14
+8
Wade Davis 22 Adam Ottavino
15
+UR
T3
Jose Alvarado UR Sergio Romo
16
+7
Dellin Betances 23 David Robertson
17
-5
Ken Giles 12 Ryan Tepera
18
+1
Pedro Strop 19 Steve Cishek
19
-6
Bud Norris 13 Jordan Hicks
20
-3
Brad Boxberger 17 Archie Bradley
21
-3
Blake Parker 18 Justin Anderson
22
-1
T4
Shane Greene 21 Joe Jimenez
23
+2
Robert Gsellman 25 Seth Lugo
24
-
Trevor Hildenberger 24 Taylor Rogers
25
-5
Seranthony Dominguez 20 Pat Neshek
26
-
Drew Steckenrider 26 Tayron Guerrero
27
-
Mychal Givens 27 Miguel Castro
28
+2
Jace Fry 30 Juan Minaya
29
-1
Wily Peralta 28 Kevin McCarthy
30
+UR
Justin Miller UR Greg Holland

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • With Cody Allen’s ERA still in the 4.50+ range and Brad Hand converting back to back save chances this past week, we may be at a point where this isn’t a committee anymore. It wouldn’t shock me to see Francona go back to Allen for the next chance but at this point, Hand is clearly the best guy to own in this bullpen.
  • Kenley JansenĀ looks likely to be held out of this weekends series at Colorado with the team worried the elevation was the cause of his most recent irregular heartbeat problem. Kenta Maeda will probably be the one called upon to close out games if this is the case.
  • Jose Alvarado continues to thrive in the Rays bullpen and is taking advantage of Sergio Romo’s mysterious extended absence. Romo hasn’t pitched since August 25th, two Saturdays ago, while Alvarado has gone on to record a pair of saves in that time. Romo must be dealing with some sort of injury here, but without knowing the severity, it’s tough to determine how saves will be dished out this month.
  • Blake Treinen racked up another 4 saves this past week, while Brad Boxberger and Wade Davis each had 3. After a brutal start to the month that saw his ERA rise over 5, Davis has been lights out over the past couple of weeks and looks like someone who can be safely locked into lineups once again.
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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Comments


theKraken

I think Jeffress is going to lose some save ops to Soria. I would bet that they want Knebel to turn it around and jump in the mix as well. They just have so many options that I wouldn’t be surprised to see them back off on the usage a bit.
I would bet you that Kenley does travel to COL and that he will pitch this week. Jansen doesn’t seem like he wants to sit anything out. Who knows, but remember when people were saying he might be done for the year? Not that he should be higher, just saying…

Rick Graham

Yeah, the Brewers bullpen situation is really frustrating for those in standard save only leagues but kind of a goldmine for save+hold leaguers. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Soria get involved but for now they seem to be riding Jeffress.

I definitely think you are right in the fact Jansen is the type of competitor that doesn’t want to miss out on any big games no matter what, but the Dodgers have to feel the need to protect his long-term health and if Coors is causing problems for his heart, they will certainly be cautious. This would be a big weekend to miss, not just for himself and the Dodgers but a lot of fantasy owners either in the playoffs or playing to make it.

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