Closer Watch 2015 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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1.03 WHIP, 13.5 K/9
2.35 WHIP, 9.6 K/9
2.66 WHIP, 6.0 K/9
1.44 WHIP, 13.0 K/9
Sipp LHP
0.82 WHIP, 10.2 K/9

Astros Closer Watch

Veterans Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain are the top contenders to handle closing duties for the rebuilding (building?) Astros entering 2014, but as with most of the team, the more interesting talents to watch are younger and deeper in the system for now. If the team is serious about building around a young core (and they should be) then Josh Fields is probably the one to watch here.

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1.38 WHIP, 8.3 K/9
0.64 WHIP, 11.6 K/9
1.30 WHIP, 8.2 K/9
1.64 WHIP, 10.8 K/9
0.77 WHIP, 13.1 K/9
1.28 WHIP, 15.4 K/9

Angels Closer Watch

The Angels picked up a one-year option on Huston Street, lending some stability to an Angel bullpen that hasn't had much of that in recent years. Of course, should the bad version of Street rear his head again, there are a lot of once-and-future closers available behind him here, including the reliable Joe Smith, the fiery Fernando Salas, onetime wunderkind Vinnie Pestano and 2014 breakout Mike Morin.

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1.24 WHIP, 4.7 K/9
2.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9
Doolittle LHP
1.42 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
O'Flaherty LHP
3.74 WHIP, 6.7 K/9
1.09 WHIP, 2.5 K/9
Abad LHP
1.90 WHIP, 9.8 K/9

Athletics Closer Watch

The green-and-gold closer situation remains one of the least stable in baseball, quite literally by design. There are a half-dozen viable in-house candidates already, led by in-house product Ryan Cook and imported intimidator Tyler Clippard (who, by the way, is a 5:1 favorite to be traded away again at midseason). Sean Doolittle will be nursing injuries, but drop-in replacement Eric O'Flaherty, a year ahead of Doolittle on the recovery chart, should fill in nicely as the lefthanded specialist.

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1.25 WHIP, 11.3 K/9
0.89 WHIP, 10.2 K/9
1.05 WHIP, 10.3 K/9
0.70 WHIP, 12.7 K/9
1.96 WHIP, 8.4 K/9

Mariners Closer Watch

Almost nobody saw it coming, but the Mariner bullpen was the best in all of baseball by almost every measure in 2014, and with the whole squad returning a little older and wiser this year, there's little reason to expect a decline. Fernando Rodney will bring back the swagger, and the same seemingly-endless barrage of hot arms will be back setting him up. With so much depth, it seems likely this bullpen will be enough to keep the Mariners in contention deep into 2015.

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1.27 WHIP, 5.7 K/9
1.10 WHIP, 7.2 K/9
1.49 WHIP, 8.1 K/9

Rangers Closer Watch

One of the few sure things in Texas these days, closer Neftali Feliz should be a stable force in the Ranger bullpen this season, with intriguing talent like Tanner Scheppers, Shawn Tolleson and ex-Cub Kyuji Fujikawa behind him. Fujikawa, you may recall, was widely expected to become the closer in Chicago before he was sidelined by injury.

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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 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.