Closer Watch 2014 NEW
Who's Closing, Who's Next, and Who's After That
Our new super-powered Closer Watch shows the up-to-date state of every bullpen in MLB and how it's been performing lately.
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Data is updated many times per day; commentary less frequently. How it Works
With Joe Nathan and Joakim Soria out of the picture (with both now pitching in Detroit) a fully-recovered Neftali Feliz is the best bet in Texas. If he stumbles, the still-deep Ranger bullpen also features lefty Neal Cotts and young righthander Tanner Scheppers, who looked very good last season, and the sometimes-starting Alexi Ogando to turn to, should things get ugly.
Closer Watch key and words of caution: Bolded names are best-bets to be closing for the immediate future; other pitchers are sorted from backup options right now (usually setup or short-relievers) to less-likely or future candidates. The order is hand-chosen and updated only every week or two based on who we would bet on, ourselves, for the future. Data is much more current than commentary, and readers may draw their own different conclusions based on the data displayed here or elsewhere. Game by game graphs show up to ten most recent outings for each pitcher, scored from poor (one red dot) to excellent (four green dots), based on counting stats, with special bonus points for saves and holds. Closers with more than a couple of red dots probably won't be closing much longer. Rate stats are shown for up to ten of a pitcher's most recent outings. Players whose most recent outing was in the minor leagues are labeled with the level of that most recent appearance. A gray star indicates a prospect who is also tracked as a prospect at ScoutingBook.com. Disabled List status is courtesy published MLB information and may lag behind conventional wisdom by a day or two. Pitchers who have thrown two, three or more days in a row, including yesterday, are flagged as 'Tired'. Data auto-publishes several times per day from Scouting Book's own data feeds, but can lag behind reality, and sometimes gets further delayed by gremlins, especially when feeding after midnight.