Closer Report

Cooking with gas all the way to KC.
    • The previously trashed, by me, Carlos Marmol has gotten 4 consecutive saves in a row. I'll wait for everyone to sit down from the standing ovation that he most likely isn't getting.
    • Rafael Soriano keeps pacing the save opportunity and save leaders for the last month, with 12 and 11 respectively. For fantasy purposes you want a winning situation and a guy that is getting stats, and he is filling both of my standards to a tee. He is ranked second on my list because of everything I have said previously.
    • The K machine that is Kenley Jansen hasn't recorded a save in over a week, and that isn't completely his fault. He only has 6 in the last calender month. By comparison there are 16 other closers that have more in that same time span. He won't drop far because he K's too much to not like, this is more just an FYI.
    • In a strange but true stat, Ryan Cook has only allowed 12 hits and 34 baserunners in 35 innings this year. Pretty good for most likely a waiver wire add, who is having a phenomenal year and a well deserved all-star appearance.
  • 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.

More closer rankings and Holds tiers after the jump.


2. Rafael Soriano


4. Jonathon Papelbon

5. Jim Johnson

6. Joel Hanrahan

7. Fernando Rodney

8. Jason Motte

9. Jonathan Broxton

10. Aroldis Chapman

11. Joe Nathan

12. Tyler Clippard

13. Santiago Casilla

14. Kenley Jansen

15. John Axford

16. Ernesto Frieri

17. Heath Bell

18. J.J. Putz

19. Ryan Cook

20. Huston Street

21. Addison Reed

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

David Robertson NYY

Tier 2:

Steve Cishek MIA

Tim Byrdak NYM

Francisco Rodriguez MIL

Pedro Strop BAL

Eric O'Flaherty ATL

Charlie Furbush SEA

Aaron Crow KC

Vincente Padilla BOS

Joel Peralta TB

Josh Lindblom LAD

Matt Belisle COL

James Russell CHC

Jake McGee TB

Grant Balfour OAK

Mitchell Boggs STL

Shawn Camp CHC

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

Kelvin Herrera KC

Matt Thornton CHW

Jose Arredondo CIN

Brad Ziegler ARI

Boone Logan NYY

Jesse Crain CHW

Andrew Miller BOS

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