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Closer Report for Week 10

News and Notes From Around the Bullpen

  • The big news of the week was the request by Joakim Soria to be removed from the closers' role. Manager Ned Yost named Aaron Crow as the interim closer, but I have to imagine that they are going to try and get him back in the spot before too long. Until then, Crow appears to be the guy you want. We'll know better when the Royals give him a save opportunity.
  • Andrew Bailey returned last Sunday, but is still not able to pitch on back to back days yet. Until he does, either Grant Balfour or Brian Fuentes are your best options for saves.
  • Jose Contreras was activated from the disabled list, but Madson was used in the 9th, while Contreras was used in the 8th. He looks safe to me.
  • The Dodgers still didn't make it any clearer in their bullpen this week, as they had no save opportunities. Jonathan Broxton began throwing off a mound on Sunday, so he could be the one to get the majority of chances still this year.
  • David Hernandez pitched in the 8th 3 times this week, and looks like he could be the handcuff for Putz.
  • Chris Sale was called upon to get a 1 out save on Tuesday, but it was a situation where they wanted a lefty to face Adrian Gonzalez. I would still think Santos is fine.
  • Daniel Bard got the save on Sunday, but Papelbon had pitched in 3 of the previous 4 games.
My Rankings After the Jump...




Closer Rankings from Today Forward [Change from Last Week]

  1. Brian Wilson (Giants)
  2. Heath Bell (Padres
  3. Mariano Rivera (Yankees
  4. Carlos Marmol (Cubs) [+1]
  5. Leo Nunez (Marlins) [+1]
  6. Huston Street (Rockies) [+1]
  7. Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox) [+1] 
  8. Ryan Madson (Phillies) [+1]
  9. Neftali Feliz (Rangers) [+2]
  10. J.J. Putz (Diamondbacks) [+2]
  11. Francisco Rodriguez (Mets) [-1]
  12. Drew Storen (Nationals) [+1]
  13. Jose Valverde (Tigers) [+1]
  14. Francisco Cordero (Reds) [+1]
  15. Craig Kimbrel (Braves) [+1]
  16. John Axford (Brewers) [+1]
  17. Chris Perez (Indians) [+1]
  18. Joel Hanrahan (Pirates) [+1]
  19. Brian Fuentes/Grant Balfour/Andrew Bailey (Athletics) [+1]
  20. Brandon League (Mariners) [+1]
  21. Jordan Walden (Angels) [+1]
  22. Kyle Farnsworth (Rays) [+1]
  23. Fernando Salas (Cardinals) [+1]
  24. Sergio Santos (White Sox) [+1]
  25. Kevin Gregg (Orioles) [+1]
  26. Mark Melancon (Astros) [+2]
  27. Aaron Crow/Joakim Soria (Royals) [-23]
  28. Matt Capps (Twins) [-1]
  29. Frank Francisco/Octavio Dotel (Blue Jays)
  30. Matt Guerrier/Javy Guerra (Dodgers) 
Top Non-Closing Relievers Most Likely to Get the Chance
  1. Jonny Venters (Braves)
  2. Mike Adams (Padres)
  3. Eduardo Sanchez (Cardinals)
  4. Grant Balfour (Athletics)
  5. Jason Isringhausen (Mets)
Trade Candidates Before July 31st
  1. Heath Bell
  2. Francisco Rodriguez
  3. Joakim Soria
  4. Joel Hanrahan
  5. Matt Capps