Closer Depth Chart
In this weekly closer depth chart by Shawn Childs, track every bullpen in the MLB with this handy visual tool. You’ll know every promising or struggling arm as well as an ability to monitor the movements of relievers as they climb their way toward the ninth inning! Premium members also have access to the weekly closer report.
It took Shane Greene only two weeks to lose the closing job for the Braves. In his six games with Atlanta, Greene gave up seven runs, 15 baserunners, and two HRs over 4.1 innings with a loss and two blown saves. Heading into August 10th, Mark Melancon had a 12-inning scoreless streak with 13 Ks, and one save. The Marlins beat him four runs and four hits that night while recording one out. The Braves gave him the next save chances, which he converted. Melancon’s experience should allow him to keep the job going forward.
Mychal Givens continues to offer as much frustration as excitement as the Orioles’ bullpen. Over his previous 7.1 innings, Givens posted a 7.36 ERA and 1.36 WHIP while converting one of his two save tries. Shawn Armstrong picked up two saves over his last five games, but he hasn’t picked well (three runs and nine hits over five innings with no walks and seven Ks).
Just when Scott Oberg looked like an excellent addition to a Fantasy team as a closing option, he turned in a poor game (four runs and four baserunners over one inning with two Ks). His stats have regressed over his previous 8.1 innings (7.56 ERA and 2.04 WHIP) while converting his only save chances. Jairo Diaz looks closer-worthy after his last 9.1 innings (two runs, six baserunners, and 13 Ks).
Taylor Rogers struggled on August 11th when he allowed four runs, four baserunners, and one home run over one-third of an inning in a non-save situation. Since July 23rd. Rogers has an 8.00 ERA and 12 Ks over nine innings with four saves in seven chances. His inconsistent play of late led to Sergio Romo working his way into two saves in August. Romo has a 0.84 ERA over his previous 21.1 innings with 18 Ks.
New York Mets
The days of Edwin Diaz closing for the Mets looks to be coming to an end after another poor stretch (seven runs, nine baserunners, and four HRs over 5.2 innings with 12 Ks). Diaz is 24-for-29 in save conversions with 73 Ks over 45 innings. His failure is tied to 11 home runs allowed over 45 innings and regression in his command in the strike zone. Seth Lugo should take over as closer. His stuff played well since the start of July (one run and four hits over 17.2 innings with 22 Ks and two saves).
St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Martinez picked up a win and two saves over the previous week after tossing 2.2 shutout innings. Since the start of July, Martinez only has one failed save in 12 tries despite a 4.50 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 14 innings. Giovanny Gallegos remains the electric arm in the Cardinals’ bullpen after extending his shutout run to 16.1 innings with two wins.