Closer Report

Professional rankings climber.
    Every week I take a look at the going's on in the life of relief pitching in fake baseball. This week, like the ever growing trend of this year to date the relief pitching corps are in constant in flux. So have a gander at how I would rank the best conclusionary pitchers and the guys that set them up.
    • With news that Drew Storen will be back soon, Davey Johnson has said that he will stick with Tyler Clippard in the closer role in Washington. I have to agree with this settiment that you don't fix what isn't broken. I can still see Storen retaining some of his value and eventually getting the closer role back at some point later in the season.
    • Matt Capps has landed himself on the DL. Jared Burton got the save yesterday which was preceded by 2 saves by Glen Perkins. Perkins is the main guy you wany to own here as Burton will see a spot chance here and there
    • Frank Francisco has also landed on the DL. Terry Collins has made the choice of Bobby Parnell as the fill-in candidate. Based on k potential he is an interesting guy to own at this point. I just don't see him being the perfect fit in that role, but maybe that's me just hatin'
    • It looks like things have gone full circle for Carlos Marmol in Chi-Town. He closed, sucked, set-up, still sucked, and has regained his closer role. Good lesson for kids in there somewhere's
    • Jose Valverde hasn't pitched in it seems like forever, he is set to return (maybe) against the Texas this week. Here's me holding my breathe. His free-fall will be complete once he starts getting accumulated stats.

    Stick around after the jmp for rankings and Holds rankings.

    4. Rafael Soriano

    5. Jim Johnson

    6. Joel Hanrahan

    7. Fernando Rodney

    8. Jason Motte

    9. Jonathan Broxton

    10. Aroldis Chapman

    11. Joe Nathan

    12. Kenley Jansen

    13. Santiago Casilla

    14. Tyler Clippard

    15. John Axford

    16. Ernesto Frieri

    17. Heath Bell

    18. J.J. Putz

    19. Addison Reed

    20. Huston Street

    21. Ryan Cook

    22. Alfredo Aceves

    23. Jose Valverde

    24. Rafael Betancourt

    25. Brett Myers

    26. Casey Janssen

    27. Carlos Marmol

    28. Tom Wilhelmsen

    29. Bobby Parnell

    30. Jared Burton / Glen Perkins

    Tier 1.

    Jonny Venters ATL

    Mike Adams TEX

    Sergio Romo SF

    Vinnie Pestano CLE

    Joaquin Benoit DET

    Sean Burnett WAS

    Sean Marshall CIN

    David Hernandez ARI

    Jason Grilli PIT

    Antonio Bastardo PHI

    Scott Downs ANA

    Tier 2:

    Steve Cishek MIA

    Tim Byrdak NYM

    Edward Mujica MIA

    Francisco Rodriguez MIL

    Pedro Strop BAL

    Eric O'Flaherty ATL

    Aaron Crow KC

    Alexi Ogando TEX

    Vincente Padilla BOS

    Joel Peralta TB

    Josh Lindblom LAD

    Matt Belisle COL

    James Russell CHC

    Jake McGee TB

    Grant Balfour OAK

    Tier 3:

    Chad Durbin ATL

    Greg Holland KC

    Juan Cruz PIT

    Bryan Shaw ARI

    Randy Choate MIA

    Luke Gregerson SD

    Juan Cruz PIT

    Joe Smith CLE

    Cory Wade NYY

    Kelvin Herrera KC

    Matt Thornton CHW

    Jose Arredondo CIN

    Brad Ziegler ARI

    Jesse Crain CHW

    Andrew Miller BOS

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