Closing Time 9/24: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rick Graham ranks the game's closers for the final time this season.

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  • Well, it looks as if Brad Hand is back and ready to pitch in high-leverage situations after all, according to Terry Francona. With only six games left and the Indians fighting for their playoff lives, I’d expect Hand to get at least one, maybe two save opportunities before the season ends.
  • Sean Doolittle on the other hand still has yet to see a save chance this month, with Daniel Hudson working the past two opportunities. At this point, Hudson is the only member of this bullpen worth owning.
  • Craig Kimbrel continues to be a train-wreck for the Cubs, as his fastball velocity continues to sit under 96 mph. For the entire month of September, Kimbrel has walked two while allowing five hits—four of which have been home runs—in just 2.1 innings of work.
  • With this being the last Closing Time of the season, I’d like to thank all the readers and just say that it’s been a pleasure covering all things bullpen-related once again this season. However, just because the regular season is coming to an end doesn’t mean we are done putting out content for the year. Keep an eye out this fall for our team-by-team bullpen reviews that will cover all fantasy-relevant relievers heading into the 2020 season.

Graphic by Michael Haas (@digitalHaas on Twitter)

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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