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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart


July 3, 2019 Update: First and foremost, we here at Fantasy Six Pack want to send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and teammates of Tyler Skaggs. His untimely loss shocked players and fans on Monday, and he will be missed by many! May Tyler rest in peace, and may his family find comfort during this tragic time! #RIP45

Secondly, we want to wish all of our readers a Happy 4th of July! Because the holiday is upon us, we’re posting our usual mid-week Closer Chart Updates today. But, never fear! We will be back with more updates later in the week! Have a safe and happy holiday! #murica #fireworks #haveyouseenmyfingers

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 DiamondbacksBuzzedGreg HollandYoshihisa HiranoYoan LopezArchie Bradley last recorded a Hold on 5/31, but with Greg Holland earning a Blown Save/Loss on 7/2, Bradley could find his way back into this hierarchy sooner rather than later.
Atlanta BravesBuzzedLuke JacksonA.J. Minter- Jacob Webb
- Anthony Swarzak (IL)
Anthony Swarzak hit the IL on 6/30 with shoulder inflammation, and is out until after the All-Star break.
Baltimore OriolesHammered Wingmen- Mychal Givens
- Shawn Armstrong
Miguel CastroPaul FryAfter two-straight 13-0 wins against Cleveland on 6/28 and 6/29, the Orioles have lost three-straight. The Saves are still very hard to come by for this team.
Boston Red SoxHammered Wingmen- Matt Barnes
- Brandon Workman
Ryan Brasier- Marcus Walden
- Nate Eovaldi (IL)
News came out on 7/1 that Boston is going to name Nate Eovaldi as the team's close upon his return from the IL later this month.
Chicago CubsBuzzedCraig KimbrelPedro Strop- Steve Chisek
- Brandon Kintzler
After notching his first Save of 2019 on 6/27, Craig Kimbrel was called on to pitch the 8th inning on 7/1. He only made matters worse by allowing three earned runs with the Cubs already down 10. There is still some rust for him to shake off, but he should be fine.
Chicago White Sox SoberAlex ColomeAaron Bummer- Evan Marshall
- Jace Fry
Kelvin Herrera has given up two earned runs, and has not recorded a Hold in the last seven games. Meanwhile, Jace Fry has worked his way into the hierarchy, earning two Holds in that same span.
Cincinnati RedsHammered Wingmen- Michael Lorenzen
- Raisel Iglesias
Amir GarrettDavid HernandezMichael Lorenzen still seems to be the favored option for Saves, ahead of Raisel Iglesias. But, both of them were saddled with three earned runs on 6/30. This bullpen is very shaky right now.
Cleveland IndiansSoberBrad HandNick WittgrenOliver PerezAfter getting smoked on 6/25, Brad Hand has one Save and four strikeouts in his last two outings.
Colorado RockiesBuzzedWade DavisScott ObergBrian ShawWade Davis looked good on 6/29 pitching a perfect 9th inning with two strikeouts. Maybe this is a sign that he is finally getting back to normal?
Detroit TigersSoberShane GreeneJoe JimenezVictor AlcantaraDetroit has a 1-9 record in their last 10 games. The silver lining is that Alcantara recorded the Win, Jimenez recorded the Hold, and Greene recorded the Save in that game. Still, not many opportunities for Detroit lately.
Houston AstrosSoberRoberto OsunaRyan Pressly- Hector Rondon
- Will Harris
After losing seven-straight from 6/16 to 6/22, Houston has gone 6-2 in their last eight games. But, they only have one Save in those six wins, and it just came on 7/2. Houston is still one of the most reliable bullpens in the MLB right now.
Kansas City Royals SoberIan KennedyJake DiekmanWily PeraltaWily Peralta has been brutal lately, netting as many earned runs allowed as outs (five each) in his last three outings. We're moving him down in the hierarchy until he bounces back.
Los Angeles AngelsBuzzedHansel RoblesTy ButtreyCam BedrosianLA still has not recorded a Save since 6/18, going 6-6 in their last 12 games.
Los Angeles DodgersSoberKenley Jansen
Pedro BaezJulio UriasKenley Jansen's last Save came on 6/25, with the Dodgers only going 3-3 since then. Urias has been used more in long-relief recently, as well.
Miami MarlinsSoberSergio RomoNick Anderson - Jose Quijada
- Tayron Guerrero (IL)
Tayron Guerrero was placed on the IL on 6/28, but was cleared to begin a throwing program on 7/2. Whether or not he'll be ready to return after the All-Star break is still to be determined.
Milwaukee BrewersBuzzedJosh HaderJeremy JeffressJunior GuerraJeffress was brought in to get the Save on 7/1 after Hader struggled in the 8th inning. Hader is still the lead guy, but this bullpen situation now bears monitoring.
Minnesota TwinsBuzzedTaylor Rogers
Blake ParkerTrevor MayRogers recorded Minnesota's last Save on 6/26, as the Twins have lost 4-of-5 since then.
New York MetsSoberEdwin DiazSeth LugoJeurys FamiliaThe Mets activated both Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson from the IL on 7/2, and Familia should get thrown back into late-inning work right away.
New York YankeesSoberAroldis ChapmanZack Britton- Adam Ottavino
- Tommy Kahnle
The Yankees have only played four games since 6/25, when they last recorded a Save, due to playing in London over the weekend.
Oakland AthleticsBuzzedLiam Hendriks- Lou Trivino
- Joakim Soria
- Yusmeiro Petit
- Blake Treinen (IL)
Liam Hendriks continued to make the most of his opportunity in the Closer role, earning his third Save on 7/2. However, Blake Treinen is expected to be activated on 7/3, so Hendriks should return to more of a setup role.
Philadelphia PhilliesSoberHector NerisJuan NicasioJD HammerPhilly is 5-2 in their last seven games, with Neris earning two Saves in that span. Juan Nicasio also has five-straight Holds dating back to 6/22, so we've bumped him to Next Man Up.
Pittsburgh PiratesSoberFelipe VazquezKyle Crick- Francisco Liriano
- Keone Kela (IL)
Pittsburgh last recorded a Save on 6/22, even though they have a 6-3 record since their last Save.
San Diego PadresSoberKirby YatesCraig StammenLuis PerdomoKirby Yates hasn't earned a Save since 6/28, as the Padres have gone 1-3 since that game.
San Francisco GiantsSoberWill SmithTony Watson- Reyes Moronta
- Sam Dyson
San Fran is 4-1 against division rivals in their last five games, but they haven't recorded a Save since 6/25.
Seattle MarinersHammered Wingmen- Roenis Elias
- Austin Adams
Anthony Bass- Cory Gearrin
- H. Strickland (IL)
Austin Adams continues his dominance, extending his scoreless streak to 11 innings on 7/2.
St. Louis CardinalsHammered Wingmen- Carlos Martinez
- John Gant
Andrew MillerDominic LeoneJordan Hicks had Tommy John surgery on 6/26, and will be out the rest of the season. We're putting this bullpen back into committee status for now.
Tampa Bay RaysHammered Wingmen- Jose Alvarado
- Emilio Pagan
Chaz Roe- Adam Kolarek
- Diego Castillo (IL)
Jose Alvarado notched the Save on 7/1, his first since returning from the restricted list on 6/29.
Texas RangersBuzzedShawn KelleyChris MartinJose LeclercShawn Kelley netted the last Rangers Save on 6/27, as Texas has lost three-straight.
Toronto Blue Jays SoberKen GilesJoe BiaginiDaniel HudsonDaniel Hudson has recorded two of the last three Wins for Toronto, but Giles has not earned a Save since 6/22.
Washington NationalsSoberSean DoolittleWander SueroFernando RodneySean Doolittle has two Saves and a Win in his last 3.1 IP, and newly-acquired Fernando Rodney also notched a Save on 6/28.

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