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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart 4-12-21 update: Brad Hand is back! Archie Bradley and Reyes Moronta head to the IL with injuries.

Be sure to check out all the new info below and adjust your lineups/rosters accordingly!


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.

Last season we altered the Job Security Legend in an effort to stay true to our site’s namesake. This year, we are keeping a similar format, but we have updated the BAC Levels slightly. Here is the breakdown of updated 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 a clear case of the hiccups, but he’s still the best choice for late-night excitement.
  • Hammered: Sloppy and stumbling are continually used to describe this player’s performance. His seat at the center field bar is ripe for the taking.
  • Drunk Tank: Our new Closer Committee classification (noted with an *) for teams with two-plus relievers trying to seal the deal.

Pick-up a Sixer, and come drink-in all the frothy goodness of our 2020 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


TEAMSBAC LEVELLEAD CLOSERSETUP MANNEXT MAN UPIL/COVID LISTTEAM NEWS
AL EAST
BAL*Drunk TankCesar ValdezTanner ScottDillion TateHunter HarveyCesar Valdez recorded his first blown save on 4/10, but no need to worry about it; he still is the Orioles best strikeout arm in the bullpen.
BOSBuzzedMatt BarnesAdam OttavinoDarwinzon HernandezRyan BrasierBarnes has struck out 11 of the 16 hitters he has faced. It's only a matter of time before he earns his first save.
NYYSoberAroldis ChapmanChad Green Justin WilsonZack Britton
Justin Wilson has rejoined the team from the IL, and had two strikeouts in his appearance on 4/10.
TB *Drunk TankDiego CastilloRyan ThompsonCody ReedNick Anderson (60-Day IL)Pete Fairbanks has a strained rotator cuff which could keep him out till June.
TOR* Drunk TankJulian MerryweatherJordan RomanoDavid PhelpsKirby YatesThe Jays have been using Merryweather more in closer situations over the past few games than Romano. This recent usage suggests the Jays like Merryweather as their closer than Romano.
AL CENTRAL
CHWSoberLiam HendriksAaron BummerEvan MarshallLiam Hendriks recorded his first save on 4/2. Marshall had a blown save on 4/3 and is struggling in high leverage, and Matt Foster is nipping at his heels.
CLE*Drunk TankEmmanuel ClaseNick WittgrenJames KarinchakEmmanuel Clase recorded his first save on 4/9 and has been the most impressive reliever this season, striking out five out of the nine hitters he has faced.
DET*Drunk TankGregory SotoBryan GarciaBuck Farmer
Derek Holland
Soto recorded a Save on 4/1, and Garcia recorded a Save on 4/3, solidifying that the Tigers have a one-two punch at closer.
KCBuzzedGreg Holland Scott BarlowJesse HahnWade Davis and Jesse Hahn recorded the first two saves, but Holland is still the closer, but the seat is warm.
MIN*Drunk TankAlex ColomeTaylor RogersHansel RoblesAlthough Rogers being lights out, he has only pitched in the 7th inning of games. The Twins seem set to use Colome as the closer, but if he blows any more saves, they'll have to turn to Rogers sooner or later.
AL WEST
HOUSoberRyan PresslyEnoli ParedesBlake TaylorPedro Baez (COVID)Brooks Raley recorded the Astros' first save, but don't worry, Pressly is still the guy.
LAA SoberRaisel Iglesias Mike MayersSteve CishekIglesias recorded his second save on 4/8.
OAKSoberJake DiekmanSergio RomoLou Trivino
J.B. Wendelken
Trevor Rosenthal Rosenthal could miss up to 12 weeks if he gets the thoracic surgery, so make sure you put your bids on Diekman.
SEA BuzzedRafael MonteroKendall GravemanAnthony MisciewiczMontero recorded his second-blown save on 4/10, while Graveman recorded a Win, and Middleton recorded a Save. Montero is starting to lend out over in his seat. Keep an eye on him.
TEXSober Ian KennedyJosh SborzJohn KingJonathan Hernandez
Jose Leclerc
Joely Rodriguez
Matt Bush
Add another arm to the Rangers' IL; Matt Bush has elbow inflammation and was placed on 10-Day IL. Ian Kennedy now doesn't have any competition behind him for Saves.
NL EAST
ATLBuzzedWill SmithSean NewcombA.J. MinterChris Martin Chris Martin has finally been put on the IL with a shoulder injury. Sean Newcomb has been getting quite a few late-inning appearances, and Snitker has hinted that it will continue.
MIASoberYimi GarciaAnthony BassRichard Bleier After Bass blew his second save on 4/9, the Marlins called on Garcia to close out the game and recorded his first save on 4/10.
NYMSoberEdwin DiazTrevor MayMiguel CastroSeth Lugo (IL)
Dellinan Betances (IL)
The Mets placed Betances on the IL with a shoulder injury.
PHLSober Hector NerisJose AlvaradoSam CoonrodArchie Bradley Bradley was placed on the IL with a strained oblique. Coonrod has the second best K/9 rate in the bullpen, so he moves up the chart.
WASSoberBrad HandDaniel HudsonTanner Rainey Hand has returned from the COVID IL, so the Nationals bullpen resumes back to normal.
NL CENTRAL
CHCSoberCraig KimbrelBrandon WorkmanAndrew ChafinRowan WickKimbrel is back! he struck out five out of the six batters he has faced this season.
CIN*Drunk TankAmir GarrettLucas SimsSean DoolittleGarrett recorded his second save on 4/9, itching closer the being the main guy for the Reds.
MILSoberJosh HaderDevin WilliamsBrent Suter
Freddy Peralta
Devin Williams had a tough outing allowing one earned run and a walk facing only five batters.
PIT SoberRichard Rodriguez Kyle Crick Chris Stratton
Richard Rodriguez recorded his first save on 4/1.
STLSoberAlex ReyesGiovanny GallegosAndrew Miller
Jordan Hicks
Despite everyone in the Cardinals' front office saying they are taking the committee approach, they keep giving the ball to Reyes in tight situations. Reyes recorded his third save on 4/8.
NL WEST
ARI*Drunk TankStefan CrichtonKevin GinkelTaylor ClarkeJoakim Soria
Chris Devenski (restricted list)
Devenski is heading to the restricted list for personal reasons, which moves Taylor Clarke up the hierarchy.
COL SoberDaniel BardMychal GivensRobert StephensonScott Oberg (IL)Bard recorded his first save on 4/1 and had two strikeouts and zero runs in this late-inning work on 4/3.
LADSoberKenley JansenCorey Knebel Blake TreinenBrusdar GraterolKnebel recorded his second save on 4/9, moving up the hierarchy and putting some pressure on Jansen.
SDSoberMark MelanconEmilio PaganDrew PomeranzIt's official the Padres main closer is Mark Melancon, who recorded his fourth Save on 4/10.
SF SoberJake McGeeTyler RogersJose Alvarez Reyes MorontaMcGee recorded his fourth Save on 4/10.
Moronta was placed on the 10-Day IL with a right flexor strain. Alvarez moves up to the second-in-line spot.

About Travis Argo

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