Closer Report for Week 19

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 03: Closer Brad Lidge #54 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 3, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Lidge earned his first save of the season as the Phillies defeated the Rockies 8-6. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

News and Notes From Around the Bullpen

  • Having the team win a lot of games will always help a closer get save chances. Case in point: Carlos Marmol. Marmol went 4 for 4 in save chances last week, including 3 in a row. 
  • Chris Sale recorded a save on Friday night, and there doesn't appear to be any reason why Santos was not available. Santos did pitch the ninth on Saturday, albeit in a non-save situation.
  • Lance Lynn got the save for the Cardinals on Friday night, and that appeared to be to help rest Salas a little bit. Octavio Dotel got one for the team in Wednesday's game, but he pitched in the 11th inning after Salas had thrown 2 innings.
  • Brad Lidge got the save on Wednesday for the Phillies. Which is just what the confusing closer situation needed in Philadelphia. 
  • Scott Elbert got the save for the Dodgers on Saturday night, but this was after Javy Guerra had thrown 31 pitches to get the save on Friday night. I wouldn't put too much stock into this.
  • Mike Adams got the save for the Rangers on Sunday, but it was because Neftali Feliz was unavailable after throwing 3 straight days. I would not think that Adams would get more opportunities than Feliz going forward, but Feliz has really not pitched all that well over the span of the season.
Not a lot of changes to the reliever rankings this week, as it didn't really seem like anyone made any specific push in either direction. There were closers who had excellent weeks (Marmol, Valverde), but I don't think that they necessarily have changed their value particularly since last week.

Closer Rankings from Today Forward [Change from Last Week]

  1. Brian Wilson (Giants) 
  2. Heath Bell (Padres
  3. Mariano Rivera (Yankees
  4. Huston Street (Rockies)
  5. Joel Hanrahan (Pirates
  6. Leo Nunez (Marlins)
  7. Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox
  8. Joakim Soria (Royals) [+1]
  9. Craig Kimbrel (Braves) [+1]
  10. Neftali Feliz (Rangers) [-2]
  11. Jose Valverde (Tigers) [+1]
  12. Drew Storen (Nationals) [-1]
  13. Carlos Marmol (Cubs
  14. Andrew Bailey (Athletics
  15. Francisco Cordero (Reds
  16. Brandon League (Mariners
  17. John Axford (Brewers
  18. Joe Nathan (Twins
  19. Chris Perez (Indians
  20. Sergio Santos (White Sox
  21. Kyle Farnsworth (Rays
  22. Jordan Walden (Angels
  23. Fernando Salas (Cardinals
  24. J.J. Putz (Diamondbacks
  25. Mark Melancon (Astros)  
  26. Jason Isringhausen (Mets
  27. Kevin Gregg (Orioles)  
  28. Jon Rauch (Blue Jays
  29. Javy Guerra (Dodgers
  30. Antonio Bastardo/Ryan Madson/Brad Lidge (Phillies
Top Non-Closing Relievers Most Likely to Get the Chance
  1. Mike Adams (Rangers)
  2. Chad Qualls (Padres)
  3. Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers)
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