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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.

1. Craig Kimbrel

2. Jonathan Papelbon

3. Chris Perez

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