CLOSER SITUATIONS AROUND THE MAJORS

Let’s look at the closer situations around the Majors. I’m going to be using a color system, “red” means that there is a likely closer change or a very unstable situation; “orange” means that there are warning signs; “green” means that there isn’t likely to be any change at closer.

AL

AL EAST

TEAM: New York Yankees

CLOSER: Aroldis Chapman

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s arguably the best closer in the game. Barring injury he’s safe in his role.

TEAM: Boston Red Sox

CLOSER: Brandon Workman

STATUS: Orange

DETAILS: If not for his xFIP and Matt Barnes and Nathan Eovaldi being better and just having bad luck, I would have put green.

TEAM: Tampa Bay Rays

CLOSER: Emilio Pagan

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He seems to be running away with the job.

TEAM: Toronto Blue Jays

CLOSER: Ken Giles

STATUS: Orange

DETAILS: Well Giles is easily the closer when healthy, but he’s injured and might miss significant time. He is also a lock to be traded in the offseason. Derek Law might get significant time filling in as their closer this season.

TEAM: Baltimore Orioles

CLOSER: Mychal Givens

STATUS: Orange

DETAILS: He’s not good this season and they replaced him once before, the problem is their bullpen is really weak and he’s still the best overall reliever that they have.

AL CENTRAL

TEAM: Cleveland Indians

CLOSER: Brad Hand

STATUS: Green

DETAILS A very good closer who had the job locked down.

TEAM: Minnesota Twins

CLOSER: Taylor Rogers

STATUS: Orange

DETAILS: He hasn’t been sharp lately, but they don’t have any better options unless they actually go with Sergio Romo.

TEAM: Chicago White Sox

CLOSER: Alex Colome

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s been very good despite shaky peripherals and they seem committed to him in the role.

TEAM: Kansas City Royals

CLOSER: Ian Kennedy

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s set in that role at this point.

TEAM: Detroit Tigers

CLOSER: Joe Jimenez

STATUS: Red

DETAILS: He’s not very good and has no experience as a closer, Buck Farmer is better and might get the job at some point.

AL WEST

TEAM: Houston Astros

CLOSER: Roberto Osuna

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: An elite closer.

TEAM: Oakland Athletics

CLOSER: Liam Hendricks

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s running away with the job at this point.

TEAM: Los Angeles Angels

CLOSER: Hansel Robles

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He seems to be set in the role at this point.

TEAM: Texas Rangers

CLOSER: Jose LeClerc

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He has to completely fall apart to lose his job.

NL

NL EAST

TEAM: Atlanta Braves

CLOSER: Luke Jackson or Mark Melancon

STATUS: Red

DETAILS: Whoever pitches best going forward will win what’s turning into a mess of a situation.

TEAM: Philadelphia Phillies

CLOSER: Hector Neris

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He has to collapse to lose his job and even then there’s no one good enough to get the job.

TEAM: Miami Marlins

CLOSER: Jarlin Garcia

STATUS: Red

DETAILS: Who knows at this point, they might be going with a committee.

TEAM: Washington Nationals

CLOSER: Sean Doolittle

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s set at this point.

TEAM: New York Mets

CLOSER: Edwin Diaz

STATUS: Red

DETAILS: Another poor outing and he will lose it to Seth Lugo.

NL CENTRAL

TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

CLOSER: Raisel Iglesias

STATUS: Orange

DETAILS: He’s not that good, but he doesn’t have much competition.

TEAM: Milwaukee Brewers

CLOSER: Josh Hader

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s set at the job.

TEAM: Chicago Cubs

CLOSER: Craig Kimbrel

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s set at the job.

TEAM: St. Louis Cardinals

CLOSER: Carlos Martinez

STATUS: Orange

DETAILS: If be struggles and Andrew Miller pitches better, Miller will take over.

NL WEST

TEAM: Los Angeles Dodgers

CLOSER: Kenley Jansen

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s not good enough to be one anymore, but he has no competition.

TEAM: San Francisco Giants

CLOSER: Will Smith

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s set at the job.

TEAM: San Diego Padres

CLOSER: Kirby Yates

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s set at the job.

TEAM: Colorado Rockies

CLOSER: Scott Oberg

STATUS: Orange

DETAILS: If he struggles, they might give it back to Wade Davis due to his contract and track record.

TEAM: Arizona Diamondbacks

CLOSER: Archie Bradley

STATUS: Green

DETAILS: He’s clearly the best reliever in their bullpen.

Interesting extra fact: 17 teams made changed closers this season.

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