Closing Time 9/21: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rick Graham ranks baseball's closers for the 2021 season.

With closer Jake McGee on the IL due to an oblique strain, it was originally believed that Tyler Rogers would slide into the closer role for the time being. Rogers did receive the first save chance but wound up allowing three earned runs and blowing the save. For the team’s next save chance, Dominic Leone picked up his second save of the season, with Rogers working the eighth inning. Leone has been fantastic this year with a 1.72 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. The team may want to keep Rogers in his eighth-inning set-up role so Leone is the preferred add at this time.




  • Ian Kennedy has been quite the roller coaster since joining the Phillies, but he’s allowed just one earned run over his past four games and has the easiest remaining schedule left. They get the Orioles and Pirates this week while finishing the season in Miami.
  • Gregory Soto is likely to miss the remainder of the season after fracturing a finger on his pitching hand on a comebacker last week. Michael Fulmer should finish the year as the Tigers’ closer, and there should be some winnable games left with series against the Twins and the Royals.


  • Andrew Kittredge was placed on the IL with neck tightness, re-opening the door to the closer role in Tampa. It’s anyone’s guess as to who might emerge, but Pete Fairbanks makes the most sense as of now, with Nick Anderson still working his way back into MLB action. The dark horse candidates would be veteran David Robertson, or J.T. Chargois.
  • Garrett Richards picked up the last Red Sox save this past week, despite Adam Ottavino not pitching the previous day. With Matt Barnes now back with the team and Hansel Robles pitching well, this bullpen is probably worth staying away from at the moment.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Ryan Pressly-
4Raisel Iglesias-
5Kenley Jansen
6Edwin Díaz-
7Aroldis Chapman-
8Emmanuel Clase-
9Jordan Romano-
10Will Smith
11Giovanny Gallegos+2
12Scott Barlow+2
13Mychal Givens+3
14Ian Kennedy+8
15Mark Melancon
16Joe Barlow+1
17Drew Steckenrider-2
18Andrew Chafin-
19Michael Fulmer+UR
20Alex Colomé+4
21Dominic Leone+UR
22Pete Fairbanks+UR
23Dylan Floro
24Kyle Finnegan-3
25Rowan Wick-
26Carlos Estévez-
27Chris Stratton+2
28Tyler Clippard-
29Tyler Wells+UR
30Adam Ottavino-3


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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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