Closer Monkey hibernation

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Updated MLB Closer Depth Chart

Closer 1st in line 2nd in line Updated Closer 1st in line 2nd in line Updated
BAL Britton Brach Givens 9/19/16 ATL Johnson Cabrera Simmons 9/24/16
BOS Kimbrel Uehara Ziegler 10/2/16 MIA Ramos Phelps Rodney 9/21/16
NYY Betances Clippard Warren 9/28/16 NYM Familia Reed Salas 9/24/16
TB Colome Cedeno Whitley 9/23/16 PHI *Gomez Neris Mariot 10/1/16
TOR Osuna Grilli Biagini 9/28/16 WAS Melancon Kelley Treinen 9/24/16
CHW Robertson Jones Jennings 9/5/16 CHC Chapman Rondon Strop 9/30/16
CLE Allen Miller Shaw 10/2/16 CIN *Iglesias Cingrani Lorenzen 9/26/16
DET Rodriguez Rondon J.Wilson 9/15/16 MIL Thornburg Knebel Torres 10/2/16
KC Davis Herrera Soria 9/25/16 PIT Watson Rivero Bastardo 9/24/16
MIN Kintzler Pressly Rogers 9/14/16 STL Oh Siegrist Bowman 9/30/16
HOU Giles Gregerson Harris 9/25/16 ARI *Hudson Delgado Burgos 10/1/16
LAA *Bailey Ramirez Guerra 9/29/16 COL Ottavino Logan McGee 9/29/16
OAK Madson Dull Doolittle 9/19/16 LAD Jansen Blanton Baez 9/7/16
SEA Diaz Cishek Vincent 9/29/16 SD Maurer Hand Quackenbush 9/29/16
TEX Dyson Bush Diekman 9/23/16 SF Romo Law Smith 9/25/16


* = closer-by-committee


Jacob Barnes records save

October 2, 2016

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Milwaukee Brewers — Jacob Barnes picked up his first career save last night.  Tyler Thornburg blew the save in the ninth inning, and Carlos Torres and Corey Knebel had already pitched, so that left Barnes for the extra-innings save.

Hierarchy remains: Thornburg | Knebel | Torres.

Cleveland Indians — Cody Allen recorded his 31st save of the season on Saturday.  Since the Indians acquired Andrew Miller at the end of July, Allen has picked up eleven saves.  Miller only has three saves during that same time and has consistently appeared in games ahead of Allen.  Allen and Miller are both under team control for the next two seasons, so this might be something to monitor next spring, but it looks like manager Terry Francona prefers to use Allen as his closer.

Hierarchy remains: *Allen | Miller | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

Boston Red Sox — Joe Kelly threw two perfect innings yesterday with four strikeouts.  Kelly has made eleven appearances out of the bullpen since getting recalled at the beginning of September, and he has only given up one earned run.  Koji Uehara and Brad Ziegler are both free agents after this year and if the Red Sox do not bring them back next season, Kelly could challenge Matt Barnes for the set-up role ahead of closer Craig Kimbrel.

Hierarchy remains: Kimbrel | Uehara | Ziegler.

1. Randall Delgado, Arizona Diamondbacks – Daniel Hudson has pitched in three straight.
2. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox – Craig Kimbrel has appeared in two straight and three of four, throwing a total of 65 pitches over those three appearances.
3. Hansel Robles/Jerry Blevins, New York Mets – With the Mets clinching a playoff birth yesterday, they can finally rest their overworked bullpen.  Familia, Reed, and Salas have all pitched in two straight and four of the past five.

Jake Barrett closed out 2016 on a roll; watch for him next year

October 1, 2016

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Arizona Diamondbacks — Jake Barrett hasn’t pitched for nine days; well over his previous high in appearances, it’s possible the young righty is done for the year. If so, he closed the season on an impressive 13-game scoreless streak, during which he allowed only two hits in 12.2 innings. Barrett could well be the favorite for saves next season in Arizona.

Updated hierarchy: *Hudson | Delgado | Burgos.

Philadelphia Phillies — Michael Mariot pitched the seventh inning with the Phillies down, and gave up a couple runs in the process. It’s hard to see how anybody but Hector Neris gets any final save chances this year — that is, if the Phillies can somehow grab a lead over the Mets.

Updated hierarchy: *Gomez | Neris | Mariot.


1. Hector Neris, Philadelphia Phillies — The Phillies may not see a save opportunity against the Mets but, if they do, it will likely fall to Neris.
2. Kevin Siegrist, St. Louis Cardinals — Seung Hwan Oh has been battling a tight groin.
3. Hector Rondon, Chicago Cubs — Chicago has guaranteed the best record in baseball and might continue to rest their big-bucks closer.
4. Brad Ziegler/Matt Barnes, Boston Red Sox — Craig Kimbrel threw 20 pitches last night, and with the Red Sox locking up their division, he may sit the final two games of the season. Koji Uehara has been excellent in his return from injury, but John Farrell has been hesitant to use him in back-to-back games, and he pitched last night.

5. Fernando Salas, New York Mets — Jeurys Familia has been a workhorse for the Mets this year, with 77 appearances, tied for third-most in the league. Directly above him with 79 is teammate Addison Reed. Both have pitched in three of four, but are probably still available since the Mets are in the midst of a wild card fight. If the Mets lock up a playoff spot tonight, though — with a win or a Cardinals loss — Salas could be the guy you see in Sunday’s ninth.