If you are reading this, hopefully you are in the beginning stages of your playoff run, or at least in the running for taking down a roto league crown. Also, hopefully your RP situation is solid enough where you don’t have too many worries. But in case you do, hopefully there’s some potential on the waiver wire still, despite being little to no change in most teams closing situation lately. Being that we are in the last month of the season, not a whole lot of changes will be made to this list, with most of them being in those bottom two wildcard tiers.
TIER 1: Nothing Compares 2 U
- Kenley Jansen was quiet this week as the Dodgers scuffled, but still picked up a save. Craig Kimbrel is on pace for his highest inning total since 2011 but hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down yet. Corey Knebel continues to prove he is among the league’s top closers, picking up 3 saves and 5 K’s in 3 scoreless outings.
TIER 2: Save Tonight
- Not a lot of movement here, but I think Ken Giles deserved a small boost after his dominate week while Felipe Rivero struggled. Giles has been awesome all season long, with his only real problem being lack of usage/save chances. He’s really put it all together this year and his much improved fastball command has made him one of the leagues best closers.
TIER 3: Bound for the Floor
- Kelvin Herrera, despite being effective over the last month or so, needs to be downgraded a little as he deals with a lingering forearm issue. He is supposedly alright to pitch for now, but as the Royals continue to fade away from the wild card race, the team may shut him down sooner rather than later.
- The bottom 10 closers really are a crapshoot on a week to week basis, but there are certainly options with more upside than others. Maybe Greg Holland has figured things out and can regain closing again and being effective while doing so. I’m not so sold yet. Perhaps Blake Parker has a stranglehold on the Angels job, which could definitely be profitable for owners, but I don’t believe Mike Scioscia believes Parker is his guy just yet, especially after blowing a save Monday night. Alex Claudio and Matt Belisle offer little upside but for the most part have been consistent. Blake Treinen still has tantalizing upside but has been maddeningly inconsistent.
TIER 4: Better Days (and the Bottom Drops Out)
- The situation in St. Louis is still a little dicey, making Seung Hwan Oh more of a dart throw with little strikeout upside on a weekly basis. Shane Greene is stuck on a Tigers team that will field one of the most lackluster squads the rest of the season. He hasn’t exactly been blowing away the competition himself anyway. Brad Ziegler finally blew a save this past week, and while his job should be secure for now, Kyle Barraclough still looms. Sam Dyson came back to reality also, allowing 5 earned while only recording one out on Friday against the Cardinals. Juan Minaya probably doesn’t even make a lot of MLB rosters, but the White Sox don’t have a clear-cut backup option to turn to so he will probably keep the job for a while.