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May 22, 2019 Update: We received news earlier today that Wade Davis has been put on the IL with an oblique strain. Check out the new hierarchy for Colorado, as well as all of our other news, notes, and updates, right here!


As witnessed year-in and year-out, Relief Pitcher exemplifies the term “volatility” more than any other position in baseball. Injuries, repeated blown saves/ineffective outings, and deadline trades are just a few reasons for player movement at the position.

The Closer role is an even more-fluid position due to the influx of “Closer Committees” present throughout the league. Numerous MLB teams have adopted this philosophy, allowing for more flexibility in deploying their best pitchers during the later innings.

This season, we here at Fantasy Six Pack decided to have a little more fun with the Closer Chart. And, in an effort to stay true to our site’s namesake, we have altered the Job Security legend from previous seasons. Here is the breakdown of the new-and-improved levels of confidence from High to Low:

  • Sober: Who got the keys to the Jeep? This guy does, and he is the clear Designated Driver of his team’s ninth-inning duties.
  • Buzzed: This player has clearly had a few drinks, but is still standing strong at Last-Call.
  • Drunk: This guy is blatantly sloppy and stumbling, and his Uber driver is en route to take him home from the party early.
  • Hammered Wingmen: Two (or more) drinking buddies who simply cannot seal the deal on their own.

Pick-up a Sixer, and come drink-in all the frothy goodness of our 2019 Closer Chart. Stay tuned weekly for any, and all, relief pitching changes throughout the fantasy season.

Be sure to check out the rest of our Fantasy Baseball content for the latest news and notes to help you win your league. Stay frosty!

Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart


TeamBAC LevelCurrent Closer(s)Next Man UpLooming Handcuff(s)Notes
Arizona DiamondbacksSoberGreg HollandArchie Bradley- Yoan Lopez
- Yoshihisa Hirano
Hirano has been struggling, so Bradley gets the bump back to Next Man Up.
Atlanta BravesBuzzedLuke Jackson- Sean Newcomb
- Anthony Swarzak
- Dan Winkler
- Josh Tomlin
Newcomb notched his first Save on 5/20, and has been fantastic in relief. Meanwhile, Atlanta traded Arodys Vizcaino and Jesse Biddle to Seattle for Anthony Swarzak, who we are slotting in with Newcomb with Next Man Up potential.
Baltimore OriolesDrunkMychal GivensPaul FryShawn Armstrong
We are anointing Givens as the Closer, and shedding the committee tag. This situation still needs monitoring, though.
Boston Red SoxHammered Wingmen- Matt Barnes
- Brandon Workman
Ryan BrasierHeath HembreeBraiser's struggles have continued, leading to Brandon Workman getting looks at the end of games.
Chicago CubsHammered Wingmen- Steve Chisek
- Brandon Kintzler
Brad Brach- Pedro Strop (IL)
- Brandon Morrow (IL)
Pedro Strop has been put on the IL, leaving this full-on committee in even murkier waters.
Chicago White Sox SoberAlex ColomeKelvin Herrera- Evan Marshall
- Jace Fry
Herrera reprises his role at Next Man Up, while Evan Marshall makes an appearance as a Looming Handcuff.
Cincinnati RedsSoberRaisel IglesiasJared Hughes- Michael Lorenzen
- Amir Garrett
Iglesias has been declared the team's unquestioned Closer, but could still see looks in higher-leverage situations.
Cleveland IndiansSoberBrad HandNick WittgrenTyler ClippardThe Indians bullpen remains status quo.
Colorado RockiesBuzzedScott ObergBrian Shaw- Carlos Estevez
- Wade Davis (IL)
Scott Oberg now takes over at Closer, with Wade Davis landing on the IL with an oblique strain.
Detroit TigersSoberShane GreeneJoe Jimenez- Victor Alcantara
- Buck Farmer
Jimenez has pitched better over the past two weeks, so we're spotting him back in as the Next Man Up for Detroit.
Houston AstrosSoberRoberto OsunaRyan PresslyHector RondonPressly continues to excel in the Next Man Up role for Houston.
Kansas City Royals Hammered Wingmen- Wily Peralta
- Ian Kennedy
Jake DiekmanScott BarlowRound and round and round we go! This drunken carousel ride is still in full committee mode.
Los Angeles AngelsHammered Wingmen- Hansel Robles
- Ty Buttrey
Justin AndersonCody AllenLuis Garcia hit the IL with back spasms, so Justin Anderson gets a look for some additional Holds opportunities.
Los Angeles DodgersSoberKenley Jansen
- Pedro Baez
- Joe Kelly
- Dylan Floro
- Scott Alexander
Julio Urias will be reinstated by the Dodgers after MLB failed to obtain video evidence related to his recent arrest. His position in the bullpen/rotation remains to be seen, though.
Miami MarlinsBuzzedSergio RomoAdam Conley- Tayron Guerrero
- D. Steckenrider (IL)
Drew Steckenrider was placed on the IL with some elbow inflammation. Look for Conley to take on Next Man Up duties for Miami.
Milwaukee BrewersSoberJosh HaderJunior GuerraJeremy JeffressGuerra continues to see more high-leverage work than Jeffress.
Minnesota TwinsHammered Wingmen- Taylor Rogers
- Blake Parker
Trevor MayMike MorinHildenberger has been optioned to Triple-A, so Trevor May moves up to the Next Man Up role.
New York MetsSoberEdwin DiazJeurys Familia
Robert GsellmanJeurys Familia steps back into his role as the lead Next Man Up with the news that the Mets have placed Seth Lugo on the IL.
New York YankeesSoberAroldis ChapmanZack Britton- Adam Ottavino
- Dellin Betances (IL)
Betances has been throwing from 90-100 feet without issue, but he still has no timetable for a return to the Yankees bullpen.
Oakland AthleticsSoberBlake TreinenLou Trivino - Joakim Soria
- Yusmeiro Petit
Oakland's bullpen situation remains status quo.
Philadelphia PhilliesHammered Wingmen- Hector Neris
- Pat Neshek
Seranthony Dominguez- Adam Morgan
- David Robertson (IL)
Neris is still holding down the lead in this committee, with two Saves and a Win in his last three appearances.
Pittsburgh PiratesSoberFelipe VazquezKyle Crick- Francisco Liriano
- Keone Kela (IL)
Keone Kela was placed on the IL on 5/8 with a shoulder injury, so Franciso Liriano should see some high-leverage opportunities.
San Diego PadresSoberKirby YatesCraig Stammen- Adam Warren
- Trey Wingenter (IL)
Trey Wingenter hit the IL with a right shoulder strain, so Adam Warren will fill-in for Wingenter while he's out.
San Francisco GiantsBuzzedWill SmithReyes Moronta- Tony Watson
- Mark Melancon
Bruce Bochy's drunken crush on Tony Watson has bumped him back into the mix for Holds, but we're not giving up on Melancon yet.
Seattle MarinersHammered Wingmen- Roenis Elias
- Brandon Brennan
Connor SadzeckHunter Strickland (IL)Zac Rosscup has been designated for assignment, giving Connor Sadzeck an opportunity for Holds.
St. Louis CardinalsBuzzedJordan HicksAndrew MillerJohn GantThings remain status quo in St. Louis.
Tampa Bay RaysHammered Wingmen- Jose Alvarado
- Diego Castillo
Emilio PaganAdam KolarekThe trio of Alvarado, Castillo, and Pagan are all being used for Saves, as this bullpen is a full-on committee, with no clear leader right now.
Texas RangersDrunkChris Martin Jose Leclerc- Jesse Chavez
- Shawn Kelley (IL)
Ariel Jurado is slated to start for Texas on 5/18, following Leclerc’s “Opener” appearance on 5/17. Chavez enters the Holds game for Texas.
Toronto Blue Jays BuzzedKen GilesJoe Biagini- Tim Mayza
- Ryan Tepera
This hierarchy remains Giles, Biagini, Mayza for now, but Tepera is back, and is firing on all cylinders so far.
Washington NationalsSoberSean DoolittleKyle BarracloughWander Suero
Justin Miller appears to be headed for the IL again, giving Wander Suero a chance at some more Holds (has two Holds in the past seven days).

About A.J. Applegarth

A.J. has been in the fantasy sports game for so long, that the first fantasy team he ever managed used football box scores from newspapers to calculate points. Since those days, A.J. has taken home numerous fantasy football and baseball championship titles. He has also taken his talents to a few fantasy basketball leagues and countless DFS games in more recent years. A.J. would openly admit that “luck” has been a factor in his two-plus decade-long success in fantasy sports, but he will also be the first one to tell you, “You can’t teach luck!” Catch A.J.’s witty banter and "Beer of the Week" picks on The Fantasy Six Pack Hour Podcast, and follow him on the Twitter-space @AppleGarthAlgar.

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