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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart


September 19, 2019 Update: Well, so much for our 9/16/19 update being the last one of the 2109 Fantasy Baseball Season! Due to Tuesday’s news regarding Pirates Closer, Felipe Vazquez, I felt it was necessary to make another “final” update. I will not divulge into the criminal charges here, as this is a family-friendly site, and what he did is just, plain despicable! So, I will just move on with our new, last update of the season!

As previously stated, please be sure to check back with us next February/March when we unveil the revamped 2020 Fantasy Six Pack Closer Chart! Enjoy the offseason, and the MLB Playoffs. Cheers!

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 DiamondbacksSoberArchie BradleyKevin GinkelAndrew ChafinArchie Bradley and Kevin Ginkel continue to be a strong 1-2 punch in the late innings for the D-Backs.
Atlanta BravesSoberMark MelanconShane GreeneChris MartinAtlanta is officially headed back to the postseason, and all of the pieces they added to their bullpen at the trade deadline are a big reason for their continued success.
Baltimore OriolesHammered Wingmen- Mychal Givens
- Shawn Armstrong
Richard BleierMiguel CastroHunter Harvey will be shut down for the rest of the season with lingering biceps soreness. We're inserting Miguel Castro back into the O's hierarchy, but we cannot recommend using him after he blew a four-run lead on 9/18.
Boston Red SoxSoberBrandon WorkmanMatt BarnesAndrew CashnerWorkman continues to lock-down the Saves for Boston, but converted-starter, Andrew Cashner, is starting to rack-up the Holds for Boston down the stretch.
Chicago CubsHammered Wingmen- Rowan Wick
- Steve Cishek
David PhelpsBrandon Kintzler (DTD)
Craig Kimbrel (IL)
The Cubs are still without both Craig Kimbrel (IL) and Brandon Kintzler (DTD), so they will continue to turn to Rowan Wick, Steve Cishek and David Phelps until their other relievers get healthy.
Chicago White Sox SoberAlex ColomeAaron BummerEvan MarshallThings remain status quo for the White Sox.
Cincinnati RedsBuzzedRaisel IglesiasRobert StephensonMichael LorenzenRobert Stephenson takes over as the Next Man Up, with four Holds in September.
Cleveland IndiansSoberBrad HandNick GoodyTyler ClippardTyler Clippard finds his way back into the Cleveland hierarchy for the stretch run.
Colorado RockiesBuzzedJairo DiazCarlos EstevezBrian ShawJairo Diaz has taken over as the stand-alone leader in Colorado, and should continue to see the majority of Save chances down the stretch.
Detroit TigersSoberJoe JimenezBuck FarmerJose CisneroJose Cisnero finds himself in the Detroit hierarchy as a Looming Handcuff.
Houston AstrosSoberRoberto OsunaWill HarrisHector RondonNo new changes to the Houston hierarchy.
Kansas City Royals SoberIan KennedyScott BarlowTim HillThings remain status quo in Kansas City.
Los Angeles AngelsBuzzedHansel RoblesTy ButtreyKeynan MiddletonNo new changes to the LA Angels heirarchy.
Los Angeles DodgersSoberKenley JansenJoe KellyPedro BaezNo major changes for one of the most-consistent bullpens in baseball.
Miami MarlinsDrunkJose UrenaRyne StanekJarlin GarciaJose Urena has both of the Miami Saves in September, but he has not been sharp. He still looks to be the first choice for Saves, though.
Milwaukee BrewersSoberJosh HaderDrew Pomeranz- Junior Guerra
- Matt Albers
Josh Hader is back to form, with six Saves and one Win across 8.2 IP in September. Meanwhile, Drew Pomeranz continues to excel ahead of Hader, with four Holds and one Save on the month, himself.
Minnesota TwinsSoberTaylor RogersSergio RomoSam DysonWe're anointing Rogers the lead Closer in Minnesota, as Sergio Romo has not earned a Save since 8/16, and has five Holds in September.
New York MetsBuzzedSeth LugoJustin Wilson Edwin DiazOh, how the mighty do fall! Edwin Diaz, arguably the best Closer in 2018, is now relegated to Holds/Setup duties for the Mets.
New York YankeesSoberAroldis ChapmanZack BrittonAdam OttavinoThings remain status quo for the Yankees hierarchy.
Oakland AthleticsSoberLiam HendriksJoakim Soria (DTD)- Yusmeiro Petit
- Lou Trivino
Joakim Soria has been dealing with an elbow issue since 9/6, but could return this week. Petit and Trivino figure to continue to fill-in for Soria until he is back.
Philadelphia PhilliesSoberHector NerisJose AlvarezBlake ParkerHector Neris remains the go-to-guy for Saves, while Jose Alvarez and Blake Parker continue to rack-up the Holds for Philly.
Pittsburgh PiratesHammered Wingmen- Keona Kela
- Richard Rodriguez
Francisco LirianoYacksel RiosFelipe Vazquez was arrested on 9/17, and will not pitch for the Pirates for the rest of the season. Keona Kela will get the first look for Saves in Vazquez's absence, but we're moving this bullpen into committee status for the rest of the year.
San Diego PadresSoberKirby YatesCraig StammenAndres MunozWe're putting Andres Munoz back into the Looming Handcuff slot, as he and Craig Stammen continue to get the chances ahead of Kirby Yates.
San Francisco GiantsDrunkWill Smith (DTD)Shaun AndersonJandel GustaveTony Watson will miss the rest of the 2019 season with a fractured wrist, and Will Smith is still dealing with some lingering back issues. Look for Shaun Anderson and Jandel Gustave to continue to hold down the fort for San Fran while Smith is out.
Seattle MarinersHammered Wingmen- Matt Magill
- Anthony Bass
Sam TuivailalaMatt WislerMatt Magill was dealing with back issues earlier in September, but returned to earn the Win for Seattle on 9/14. He should continue to lead the Mariners Closer Committee down the stretch, assuming he remains healthy.
St. Louis CardinalsSoberCarlos MartinezAndrew MillerGiovanny GallegosMartinez returned to the mound on 9/18, and converted a four-out Save with four groundouts. He remains the lead Closer for the Cardinals.
Tampa Bay RaysBuzzedEmilio PaganNick AndersonOliver DrakeEmilio Pagan has taken over as the lead Closer for TB, with Nick Anderson and Oliver Drake picking up the slack in front of him.
Texas RangersSoberJose LeclercRafael MonteroEmmanuel ClaseShawn Kelley has fallen out of the Texas hierarchy in favor of Emmanuel Clase.
Toronto Blue Jays SoberKen GilesDerek LawJason AdamTim Mayza is now slated for Tommy John surgery after leaving his 9/13 outing early, and being diagnosed with a torn UCL.
Washington NationalsHammered Wingmen- Daniel Hudson
- Hunter Strickland
Fernando RodneySean DoolittleSean Doolittle was activated from the IL on 9/1, but has only pitched in low leverage situations since his return. He will continue to do so until he's back to form.

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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