Closing Time 5/13: Fish Out Of Water

It’s time for the latest edition of Closing Time where we rank all 30 closing situations in the majors. Let’s take a look at where we stand: TIER 1: Chess...

It’s time for the latest edition of Closing Time where we rank all 30 closing situations in the majors. Let’s take a look at where we stand:

TIER 1: Chess These guys are the best of the bunch. The best lock on the closer role and will help you with ERA/WHIP/Ks as well.

1. Aroldis Chapman (Reds) + Jumbo Diaz/Tony Cingrani

2. Craig Kimbrel (Padres) + Joaquin Benoit/Dale Thayer

3. David Robertson (White Sox) + Jake Petricka/Zach Putnam

4. Greg Holland (Royals) + Wade Davis/Kelvin Herrera

5. Andrew Miller (Yankees) + Dellin Betances /David Carpenter

TIER 2: Checkers They are solid options, but there is just something not perfect about them. It could be a question of job security, or the dent they will put on your peripheral stats.

6. Drew Storen (Nationals) + Blake Treinen/Aaron Barrett

7. Trevor Rosenthal (Cardinals) + Jordan Walden/Matt Belisle

8. Brad Boxberger (Rays) + Ernesto Frieri/Jake McGee (DL)

9. Glen Perkins (Twins) + Casey Fien/Tim Stauffer

10. Huston Street (Angels) + Joe Smith/Cam Bedrosian

11. Jonathan Papelbon (Phillies)+ Ken Giles/Jake Diekman

12. Hector Rondon (Cubs) + Pedro Strop/Jason Motte

13. Zach Britton (Orioles) + Darren O’Day/Tommy Hunter

14. Jason Grilli (Braves) + Jim Johnson/Luis Avilan

15. Joakim Soria (Tigers) + Al Alburquerque/Ian Krol

16. Mark Melancon (Pirates) + Tony Watson/Jared Hughes -8

17. Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers) + Jonathan Broxton/Will Smith

18. Koji Uehara (Red Sox) + Junichi Tazawa/Alexei Ogando

19. Jeurys Familia (Mets) + Bobby Parnell/Carlos Torres +8

20. Cody Allen (Indians) + Bryan Shaw/Scott Atchison -14

21. Luke Gregerson (Astros) + Chad Qualls/Pat Neshek

22. A.J. Ramos (Marlins) + Steve Cishek/Mike Dunn -4

TIER 3: Chutes and Ladders – These guys are all that’s left on the shelf. Their jobs are not as secure and you’re taking a risk by sticking them into your lineups.

23. Yimi Garcia (Dodgers) + Chris Hatcher/Kenley Jansen (DL) +6

24. Addison Reed (Diamondbacks) + Brad Ziegler/Evan Marshall -3

25. Fernando Rodney (Mariners) + Danny Farquhar/Tom Wilhelmsen

26. Tyler Clippard (Athletics) + Dan Otero/Sean Doolittle (DL)

27. Santiago Casilla (Giants) + Sergio Romo/Jean Machi

28. John Axford (Rockies) + Rafael Betancourt/Boone Logan

29. Brett Cecil (Blue Jays) + Miguel Castro/Roberto Osuna

30. Neftali Feliz (Rangers ) + Shawn Tolleson/Tanner Scheppers


Greg Holland is healthy again, sending Wade Davis back to the set-up role. They are very comparable making no change to the rankings.

Kenley Jansen is nearing his return to the field while Yimi Garcia has done a great job as of late.

– Miami’s closer situation officially went through a revolution as Steve Cishek has been booted. A.J. Ramos should get the majority of the chances to start.

Jeurys Familia has been a nice surprise for the Mets and handled the reigns well so far in New York.

– He’s only accumulated two saves thus far, and Addison Reed’s 1.67 WHIP is making him a tough pill to swallow when looking for saves.

Cody Allen has been very shaky and his grip on the job seems looser every day.

– While he’s been able to have a series of successful outings, Mark Melancon hasn’t reclaimed the velocity he had last season. It’s only a matter of time until Tony Watson takes over.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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