Closer Watch 2017 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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Britton LHP
1.66 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
1.34 WHIP, 9.4 K/9 0.0
Givens ★
1.25 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 2016.2726
0.66 WHIP, 15.0 K/9 0.0
2.46 WHIP, 6.8 K/9 .0
Drake ★
1.76 WHIP, 10.4 K/9 2016.3883
1.49 WHIP, 10.1 K/9 .0
0.75 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
1.56 WHIP, 13.0 K/9 .0
1.44 WHIP, 5.6 K/9 0.0
1.94 WHIP, 4.8 K/9 0.0
3.17 WHIP, 11.1 K/9 0.0

Orioles Closer Watch

The reliable combo of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day returns to Baltimore in 2016 as one of the best combos in baseball. If either suffers or falters, either young Mychal Givens or Brad Brach could step up, as both show closer-type stuff, but the relatively-veteran Brian Matusz is probably the safer bet to earn the first promotion.

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  Red Sox

0.83 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
1.50 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
1.40 WHIP, 7.2 K/9 0.0
Ross Jr LHP
2.07 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 0.0
1.36 WHIP, 5.5 K/9 .0
1.93 WHIP, 5.6 K/9 2014.2683
Layne LHP
1.28 WHIP, 7.7 K/9 0.0
Barnes ★
1.20 WHIP, 10.8 K/9 2016.2899
Hembree ★
1.55 WHIP, 13.0 K/9 2016.2848
1.71 WHIP, 13.9 K/9 0.0

Red Sox Closer Watch

Sometimes the AL East looks like fantasy baseball. The Red Sox trade for one of baseball's best closers, and the Yankees respond by trading for the other one. The Red Sox addition, the infallible Craig Kimbrel, should give the ninth inning some stability in Boston, but the arms behind him are very good, too: Koji Uehara has been one of baseball's best relievers for awhile now, with Junichi Tazawa, Carson Smith, Robbie Ross and Steven Wright also all more-than-capable of closing, should the need somehow arise.

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Chapman LHP
0.66 WHIP, 13.5 K/9 0.0
Miller LHP
0.93 WHIP, 13.8 K/9 0.0
2.24 WHIP, 3.4 K/9 2014.2090
Montgomery AAA
1.32 WHIP, 11.3 K/9 .0
0.75 WHIP, 16.5 K/9 0.0
Smith A+
2.43 WHIP, 8.4 K/9 .0
Shreve LHP
0.61 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
Pazos LHP
1.09 WHIP, 16.4 K/9 0.0
2.50 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
0.61 WHIP, 11.1 K/9 0.0

Yankees Closer Watch

Has there ever been a supergroup like this bunch of rock stars? New Yankee Aroldis Chapman joins Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances to form the scariest end-game scenario imaginable for opponents, at least once Aroldis returns from his suspension. Mike Montgomery is the most exciting minor league option here, if anyone really expects the Yankees to use their own farm to fix a mid-season problem.

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0.25 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 2015.2665
Cedeno LHP
0.28 WHIP, 5.1 K/9 2014.3421
1.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9 .0
0.92 WHIP, 11.4 K/9 2013.3191
0.90 WHIP, 10.1 K/9 .0
Romero ★ LHP
0.56 WHIP, 6.8 K/9 2016.2931
Schreiber AAA
1.40 WHIP, 9.3 K/9 .0
2.25 WHIP, 6.8 K/9 0.0

Rays Closer Watch

The upstarts sure know how to develop pitching, you have to give them that. Tampa Bay returns to contention (?) in 2016 with yet another stellar cast of arms in the rotation as well as the bullpen. Relief-wise, Brad Boxberger has the first good crack at retaining the closer job from 2015, with recent addition Danny Farqahar and standby Xavier Cedeno slotting in behind him. Deeper down, keep an eye on Brad Schreiber, who quietly recorded 30 saves last season while moving from high-A Charlotte to AA Montgomery while striking out more than a batter per inning.

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  Blue Jays

0.85 WHIP, 11.6 K/9 2015.2937
2.11 WHIP, 9.5 K/9 0.0
1.19 WHIP, 9.4 K/9 0.0
Cecil LHP
1.68 WHIP, 11.9 K/9 0.0
Loup LHP
1.50 WHIP, 11.3 K/9 0.0
0.76 WHIP, 15.7 K/9 .0
2.52 WHIP, 10.8 K/9 .0
1.20 WHIP, 9.9 K/9 0.0
1.26 WHIP, 4.3 K/9 0.0
1.00 WHIP, 15.0 K/9 .0

Blue Jays Closer Watch

Drew Storen attempts to rebuild his career north of the border in support of the suddenly-stellar Roberto Osuna, who may have the inside track on closing in Toronto right now. Either is capable, though, and the hot hand is likely to win out, month after month. In support of Osuna and Storen are converted-starter Aaron Sanchez and crafty veteran (and ex-closer) Brett Cecil. It's not a deep bullpen, but it's not a bad bullpen, either.

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Data last calculated 3/24/2017


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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.