Welcome to Closing Time where the Top 45 Closers are broken down into tiers based on skill, competition/opportunity/job security, and injury risk. It’s a mixture of short and long term value with more focus placed on the long haul.
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11. Hector Rondon (Chicago Cubs)
13. A.J. Ramos (Miami Marlins)
15. Cody Allen (Cleveland Indians)
17. Arodys Vizcaino (Atlanta Braves)
22. Francisco Rodriguez (Detroit Tigers)
24. Jeanmar Gomez (Philadelphia Phillies)
27. Alex Colome (Tampa Bay Rays)
36. Felipe Rivero (Washington Nationals)
– Aroldis Chapman is back and it sounds like Joe Girardi is handing him the 9th. Andrew Miller should still be owned in all roto leagues and has some value in standard 5×5 h2hs if benches aren’t too shallow.
– Jeurys Familia kicking it into 2nd gear and is tied for the league lead with 11 saves.
– The utter dominance makes up for Hector Rondon’s uninspiring save total. Cubbies are simply blowing people out and unfortunately that trend may continue. Most likely in the end his save totals will be sufficient so don’t sell for that reason alone.
– A.J. Ramos had his ugliest outing of the season in a non save situation. 3 more walks brings the total to 11 in 13 innings. He is still a perfect 9 for 9 so no real cause for concern yet.
– Luke Gregerson also had his worst appearance of the year, giving up 3 earned in a tie game and getting the loss. His numbers are still nice and shiny, especially that .88 WHIP.
– For some strange reason Brad Boxberger is expected to take back the 9th inning immediately when he is activated off the DL. Pretty brutal news for Alex Colome owners. Very possible Box doesn’t get it done and things become complicated. He is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday. Assuming the transition is relatively seamless BB will find himself in tier 4 with tier 3 upside.
– Santiago Casilla has earned more of our trust. Besides bumping Casilla up a bit there isn’t much movement in tier 3 and 4A/4B
– Tony Cingrani earned his second save of the season and seems to be the guy to own in Cincy.
– Kevin Jepsen is supposedly still holding down the 9th with Glen Perkins on the DL but he hasn’t struck out a batter in a couple weeks and Trevor May is breathing down his neck. Perkins is progressing but there still isn’t a timetable, and I don’t really expect him to stay healthy even when/if he does return.
– Hector Neris is still the best stash in the game, mostly because his upside is immense, but Jeanmar Gomez has closed out a couple games since blowing his first save. Philly isn’t competing this season and they would cost themselves money by giving Neris the job, so the wait could be anticlimactic. However worst case scenario you will get some studly innings so there is no real downside, at least in daily rotos.
– Huston Street is supposed to begin a throwing program this week.
– Outside of Neris, who is likely owned in most leagues, and to a lesser extent Trevor May, you really don’t have any strong stashes. Roll out guys like Tony Watson, Pedro Strop, and Kelvin Herrera to eat up quality innings for now. Keep your finger on the trigger for an unexpected injury.