Closing Time 5/21: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2024 season

Edwin Díaz has been removed from the closer role temporarily as the team tries to get him some more confidence moving forward. Long story short, Díaz has been dealing with some awful luck the past month or so a he’s allowed 11 runs (10 ER) over his past 10.1 IP. Over that time, Díaz has a 25.5% strikeout-minus-walk rate and a 2.39 SIERA. In fact, his strikeout rate, strikeout-minus-walk rate, SIERA, xFIP, swinging-strike, and Chase rates are all top ten amongst closers over this span, while his BABIP is 2nd highest behind only Jason Foley at .375. Now this is definitely an issue, I guess we can call it an issue with Díaz, as he in general tends to run high BABIP’s (.313 for his career) so it’s hard to say definitively that the BABIP problem will turn around. However, I’m still confident enough in the other metrics (35.1% strikeout and 18.5% swinging-strike rates) that Díaz will be able to turn things around and just needs a shot of confidence to get back to being the dominant closer we are used to seeing. For the time being, Reed Garrett and Adam Ottavino figure to see the bulk of save chances for the Mets, with both being worth a look in deeper leagues but it’s very likely just a short term answer as I’d expect Díaz back in the closer role at some point in June.




  • Craig Kimbrel is back in the closer role for the Orioles, and honestly I’m not even sure he really ever left. He’s been great over his past four outings, not allowing a hit or walk while striking out 6. The command may come and go as the season moves along but as long as he is this teams closer and is able to figure things out quickly like he did here, he should be a valuable closer option in all formats.
  • Jason Foley has bounced back nicely after temporarily being out as the closer although he still only has one save since April 28th. His last two outings have been smooth, as he has three strikeouts while not allowing a baserunner, although the caveat here is that both came against the Marlins (who somehow got to Trevor Megill last night?). Also a bit interesting here, is that those outings came a week ago, as he has not pitched since last Tuesday although there is no talk of a potential injury. I’d take a shot on him long term over Kirby Yates though, who has an 18.8% BB rate, 4.51 SIERA, and 89 Stuff+ over his past 7.1 innings pitched.


  • Since April 1st, Kenley Jansen holds a 15.6% strikeout-minus-walk, 11% swinging-strike, and 28% CSW rates to go along with a 1.36 WHIP and 4.14 xFIP. Those numbers aren’t exactly terrible, but I wonder if we are at the point in Jansen’s career where this is just the norm and he’s just a below average closer in the Kyle Finnegan/Carlos Estévez realm. He used the have poor stretches like this in the past, but there were always signs pointing to a rebound and he always eventually would. This seems different, as his velo is down (-2 MPH from 2023) and his stuff just isn’t what it used to be (5.02 PLV) as he is almost exclusively throwing his cutter (92%). The pitch usage and velo are actually almost identical to his 2012 season. where he was excellent, but two things are different; the walk rate and hitters have adjusted over the past 12 years.
  • José Alvarado is still sharing saves with Jeff Hoffman but I still am encouraged by how he is trending after his disastrous first outing. The swing and miss is still lacking but since that first outing, Alvarado has managed a 24.6% strikeout rate, 0.80 WHIP, and 3.19 SIERA over 18.2 innings pitched. He has eight saves and three holds over that span, to Hoffman’s three saves and five holds so it’s still quite clear who the preferred closer option in Philly is.



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1Emmanuel ClaseT1-
2Ryan Helsley-
3Josh Hader+3
4Mason Miller-
5Pete Fairbanks
6Andrés Muñoz+2
7Jhoan Duran-2
8Camilo Doval+2
9Clay Holmes
10David Bednar+1
11James McArthur+1
12Robert Suarez+1
13Paul Sewald
14Raisel Iglesias-
15Jordan Romano-
16Craig Kimbrel+7
17Trevor Megill
18Tanner Scott+1
19José Alvarado+3
20Jason Foley+6
21Kirby Yates
22Kenley Jansen-4
23Michael Kopech-2
24Kyle Finnegan-
25Carlos Estévez-
26Reed Garrett
27Héctor Neris+2
28Alexis Díaz-1
29Daniel Hudson-1
30Jalen Beeks-

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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