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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 O'Day Brach 9/24/15 ATL Vizcaino Jackson Moylan 8/29/15
BOS Ross Ramirez Machi 9/21/15 MIA Ramos Dunn Morris 9/26/15
NYY Miller Betances Wilson 10/2/15 NYM Familia Clippard Reed 9/19/15
TB Boxberger Cedeno McGee 9/25/15 PHI Giles Garcia Hinojosa 10/2/15
TOR Osuna Sanchez Cecil 9/24/15 WAS *Rivero Treinen Thornton 10/4/15
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CHW Robertson Albers Jones 10/3/15 CHC Rondon Strop Wood 9/20/15
CLE Allen Shaw Manship 9/15/15 CIN Chapman Hoover Diaz 9/16/15
DET Feliz Wilson Hardy 9/26/15 MIL Rodriguez Smith Jeffress 9/11/15
KC Davis Herrera Madson 10/3/15 PIT Melancon Soria Watson 9/25/15
MIN Jepsen Perkins May 9/24/15 STL Rosenthal Siegrist Broxton 9/23/15
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HOU Gregerson Neshek Harris 9/27/15 ARI Ziegler Hudson Bracho 10/2/15
LAA *Smith Gott Morin 10/1/15 COL Axford Diaz Miller 9/16/15
OAK *Doolittle Dull Pomeranz 10/4/15 LAD Jansen Hatcher Johnson 9/17/15
SEA Wilhelmsen Smith Kensing 9/3/15 SD Kimbrel Benoit Kelley 10/2/15
TEX Tolleson Dyson Kela 10/3/15 SF Casilla Romo Strickland 10/4/15

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* = closer-by-committee

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Casilla and Rivero record saves

October 4, 2015

San Francisco Giants — Santiago Casilla recorded his 38th save of the season last night, and also reached 55 games finished.  As a result, his 2016 option vested and he will earn an additional $1 million next year.

Hierarchy remains: Casilla | Romo | Strickland.

Oakland A’s — Felix Doubront pitched a scoreless bottom of the thirteenth inning to pick up the save yesterday.  Sean Doolittle and Ryan Dull were unavailable.  Doubront has been a starter most of the season, including his previous six appearances, and does not factor into the A’s regular late inning plans.

Hierarchy remains: *Doolittle | Dull | Pomeranz.
* = closer-by-committee

Washington Nationals — Felipe Rivero struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning yesterday to record his second save of the season.  Rivero has impressed in converting both of his save chances since the Papelbon fiasco and the rookie should play an important role in the Nationals bullpen next year.

Hierarchy remains: *Rivero | Treinen | Thornton.
* = closer-by-committee

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Keone Kela, Texas Rangers
Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson have both pitched in five straight games.
2. Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City Royals – Wade Davis has pitched in two straight and three of four.
3. Brett Cecil/Aaron Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays – Roberto Osuna has pitched in two straight, including a 26 pitch blown save yesterday.

Greg Holland out for 2016; Matt Albers finishing strong

October 3, 2015

Chicago White Sox – Matt Albers got the 8th inning ahead of David Robertson on Friday night, pitching a clean frame to earn his 6th hold and lower his ERA to 1.21. Nate Jones, meanwhile, hasn’t pitched in over a week.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Albers | Jones.

Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland underwent a successful Tommy John surgery; he will miss all of 2016. Adjust Wade Davis’s dynasty value accordingly — he’s now one of the top stoppers to own going into next season.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Herrera | Madson.

Texas Rangers – Sam Dyson has been one of the best relievers in baseball since joining the Texas bullpen, and on Friday, he pitched his third straight game ahead of closer Shawn Tolleson. He’ll be the 8th inning man for the Rangers in the playoffs.

Updated hierarchy: Tolleson | Dyson | Kela.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Keone Kela, Texas Rangers – Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson have both pitched in four straight games.
2. Tyler Clippard, New York Mets – The Mets and Nats have a double header today.
3. Blake Treinen/Matt Thornton, Washington Nationals – See above.