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.
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In the Twitter-verse, Craig Kimbrel was given his Last Rites as the Cubs’ closer having butchering his first save chance (four walks, a wild pitch, and a hit batter over one-third of an inning). His fastball held value, but he had no idea where it was going. Jeremy Jeffress cleaned up Kimbrel’s mess to earn a save. He struggled in 2019 (5.02 ERA and 1.37 WHIP), but Jeffress does have closing experience.
Brad Hand is 2-for-2 in save conversions while allowing a run over two innings with four strikeouts. James Karinchak looked sharp in his first two appearances (no runs over three innings with four strikeouts).
The Twins sniped Taylor Rogers for a save on Monday night when Sergio Romo pitched in the ninth inning. Romo didn’t allow a run with no hits and one strikeout. Rogers has yet to see game action this year while remaining the top closing option for Minnesota.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays have yet to use Nick Anderson in a closing role in 2020. Over two appearances, he didn’t give up a run with two hits, one walk, and one strikeout. Surprisingly, Tampa turned to Oliver Drake to close in two wins. Drake pitched well in 2019 (3.21 ERA and 70 strikeouts over 56 innings), but his fastball sits in the low 90s. This situation should remain fluid over the summer.
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