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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart


April 18, 2019 Update: We made a few updates due to some injuries, as well as some other general movement in a few bullpens around the league. Check out all of the latest notes and updates 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 HollandYoshihisa HiranoArchie BradleyHolland's grasp on the Closer role is solidified at this point. Hirano gets a bump to Next Man Up.
Atlanta BravesDrunkA.J. MinterChad Sobotka- Jesse Biddle
- Arodys Vizcaino (IL)
Vizcaino hit the IL, and it appears he will be done for the year. Minter is now the guy, but don't be surprised to see Kimbrel back in the A-T-L if Minter struggles.
Baltimore OriolesHammered Wingmen- Mychal Givens
- Richard Bleier
- Paul Fry
- Miguel Castro
- Mike Wright
- Jimmy Yacabonis
The Natty Boh is flowin' all up in this bullpen, as these drunks are the definition of "Hammered Wingmen" right now. Approach with caution!
Boston Red SoxDrunkRyan Brasier
- Matt Barnes
- Brandon Workman
Heath HembreeBrasier has been getting all the Save opportunities recently, so we’re giving him the nod as the main Closer...for now!
Chicago CubsHammered Wingmen- Pedro Strop
- Steve Chisek
Brandon Kintzler- Brad Brach
- Brandon Morrow (IL)
Another team void of many wins so far in 2019, Chicago's bullpen, specifically Carl Edwards, has been a sloppy mess.
Chicago White Sox DrunkAlex ColomeKelvin HerreraNate JonesColome has one save in 2.0 IP, and has been the best RP in the White Sox bullpen so far.
Cincinnati RedsHammered Wingmen- Raisel Iglesias
- David Hernandez
Jared HughesAmir GarrettIglesias has seemingly gotten somewhat back on-track, but we’re not ready to give him the main role back just yet.
Cleveland IndiansSoberBrad HandAdam CimberNick WittgrenKeep an eye on Wittgren, as his usage is increasing. I don't see him taking over for Hand, but he could be a sneaky Holds guy now.
Colorado RockiesBuzzedWade DavisSeunghwan OhScott ObergColorado has zero saves on the season, but Davis is still the lead guy, once the save opportunities arise.
Detroit TigersSoberShane GreeneJoe JimenezBuck Farmer
Greene has been one of the best RP in the MLB in 2019, notching five saves in 5.0 IP, which is quite sobering, to say the least.
Houston AstrosBuzzedRoberto OsunaRyan Pressly- Hector Rondon
- Will Harris
Pressly seems to have strengthened his grip on the Setup role ahead of Rondon.
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 AngelsBuzzedCody AllenTy Buttrey- Hansel Robles
- Cam Bedrosian
Allen has yet to earn a save in 2019, but Ty Buttrey has five strikeouts and a hold. Allen owners beware.
Los Angeles DodgersSoberKenley Jansen
Caleb Ferguson- Pedro Baez
- Joe Kelly
Both Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez have struggled to start 2019, giving Caleb Ferguson an "in" for the Setup role.
Miami MarlinsHammered Wingmen- Sergio Romo
- Drew Steckenrider
- Adam Conley
Tayron GuerreroTyler KinleyAfter Conley notched a save on Saturday, this situation goes back to a three-man committee.
Milwaukee BrewersBuzzedJosh HaderJunior Guerra- Jeremy Jeffress
- Alex Wilson
Jeffress came off the IL on Tuesday, and got through 0.2 IP with one K. He could get into higher leverage situations sooner rather than later.
Minnesota TwinsHammered Wingmen- Blake Parker
- Taylor Rogers
Trevor HildenbergerTrevor MayParker seems to have the edge for saves, while Rogers seems to be the lead Setup guy.
New York MetsSoberEdwin DiazJeurys Familia- Justin Wilson
- Seth Lugo
Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz have been one of the most powerful 1-2 punches to close out games so far this season.
New York YankeesSoberAroldis ChapmanZach Britton- Adam Ottavino
- Dellin Betances (IL)
Betances could return from the IL as early as mid-April, and should regain his role as the lead Setup guy once healthy.
Oakland AthleticsSoberBlake TreinenLou TrivinoJoakim Soria
Trivino has been dominant, and has seemingly locked down the Setup role in Oakland for the time being.
Philadelphia PhilliesHammered Wingmen- Hector Neris
- Seranthony Dominguez
Victor Arano- Adam Morgan
- David Robertson (IL)
Robertson is on the IL with a sore elbow. For the time being we are at Hammered Wingman status, but if we have to choose one its Neris.
Pittsburgh PiratesBuzzedFelipe VazquezKeone Kela- Kyle Crick
- Richard Rodriguez
Vazquez finally notched his first save of the season on 4/4/19, but was shaky in doing so. The lack of use could have aided in his boozed-up antics, though.
San Diego PadresSoberKirby YatesCraig StammenAdam WarrenYates has been solid, and Stammen is the definite Next Man Up for San Diego.
San Francisco GiantsBuzzedWill SmithTony WatsonMark MelanconThis seems to be the hierarchy for the time being, but things could change with injury and/or lacking performance.
Seattle MarinersHammered Wingmen- Anthony Swarzak
- Roenis Elias
- Connor Sadzeck- Zac Rosscup
- Hunter Strickland (IL)
Swarzak and Elias seem to be the main go-to guys in the 9th, but Connor Sadzeck is picking up the slack with the former two getting overworked.
St. Louis CardinalsBuzzedJordan HicksAndrew MillerJohn GantGant continues to impress in lower leverage situations, notching Holds along the way.
Tampa Bay RaysSoberJose AlvaradoDiego Castillo- Jalen Beeks
- Chaz Roe
Alvarado is still the guy, but Tampa Bay did give him the 8th, while giving Castillo the 9th the other night.
Texas RangersSoberJose LeclercShawn KelleyChris MartinKelley gets a bump to Next Man Up based on his stellar start to 2019.
Toronto Blue Jays BuzzedKen GilesJoe Biagini- Tim Mayza
- Ryan Tepera (IL)
This hierarchy remains Giles, Biagini, Mayza for now. Tepera could be back as early as mid-April.
Washington NationalsSoberSean DoolittleKyle BarracloughMatt GraceGrace enters the Holds scene with Justin Miller headed to the IL.

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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