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Fantasy Closer Report

Elite Closers

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Corey Knebel Anthony Swarzak Jacob Barnes

Entering Sunday's series finale against the Nationals, the Brewers had not won a game without using All-Star closer Corey Knebel since Aug. 5 at Tampa Bay. But that gets an asterisk, since he was off-limits that day. To find the last time Knebel was available to pitch and the Brewers won without using him, one had to go all the way back to July 25 at Washington, and an 8-0 Brewers win. More Updated Sept. 3 at 6:05 p.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Wade Davis Justin Wilson Koji Uehara

Cubs righty Wade Davis allowed nary a hit or a walk and struck out two in a scoreless inning to earn a save against the Cardinals on Saturday. More Updated Sept. 16 at 8:29 p.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Josh Fields

Dodgers righty Kenley Jansen picked up the save Saturday with a clean ninth inning against the Nationals. More Updated Sept. 16 at 4:21 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw

Indians right-hander Cody Allen logged a save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts on Saturday against the Rays. More Updated Aug. 12 at 9:29 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Addison Reed Joe Kelly

Red Sox righty Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save Saturday. More Updated Sept. 16 at 9:09 p.m. ET

Stable Situations

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ken Giles Will Harris Luke Gregerson

Astros right-hander Ken Giles earned a save after walking one batter and notching two strikeouts across two scoreless innings against the Rangers on Thursday. More Updated Aug. 31 at 4:20 p.m. ET

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Ryan Tepera Dominic Leone

A heavy workload for the bullpen has cost another reliever his spot in the Major Leagues, as lefty Tim Mayza was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday morning to make room for TJ House. More Updated Aug. 19 at 5:06 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Archie Bradley David Hernandez

With one more save, D-backs closer Fernando Rodney will become just the 28th player in Major League history to record 300 saves. More Updated Sept. 20 at 12:28 a.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sam Dyson Mark Melancon (Inj.) Hunter Strickland

Reliever Mark Melancon has been activated from the disabled list, but the Giants plan to ease their closer back into the mix. More Updated Aug. 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Edwin Diaz Nick Vincent Tony Zych (DL)

Mariners closer Edwin Diaz earned the save on Friday with a scoreless 11th inning against the Yankees. More Updated Aug. 26 at 1:44 a.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Hand Kirby Yates Carter Capps (DL)

Padres left-hander Brad Hand did not allow a hit or a walk with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to earn the save against Colorado on Sunday. More Updated Sept. 17 at 10:12 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Neris Luis Garcia Hoby Milner

Phillies right-hander Hector Neris pitched a scoreless inning to earn a save Friday, allowing no hits and no walks with one strikeout against the Marlins. More Updated Sept. 1 at 11:18 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Felipe Rivero Joaquin Benoit Daniel Hudson

Right-hander George Kontos was activated off the disabled list after missing the previous 15 games with a strained right groin. Claimed off waivers from the Giants last month, Kontos could play a major role toward the back end of next year's bullpen. More Updated Sept. 7 at 8:39 p.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Colome Brad Boxberger Tommy Hunter

Rays righty Alex Colome earned a save Wednesday with a scoreless inning against the Royals, allowing a hit and striking out three. More Updated Aug. 30 at 11:23 p.m. ET

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Wandy Peralta

Reds closer Raisel Iglesias earned the save after allowing a run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in two innings Friday against the Brewers. More Updated Aug. 12 at 1:40 a.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Greg Holland Pat Neshek Jake McGee

Rockies manager Bud Black stopped short of removing struggling Greg Holland from the closer role, but said he'll "navigate" the ninth inning for the time being. More Updated Aug. 27 at 3:10 p.m. ET

Yankees Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Aroldis Chapman Dellin Betances David Robertson

Aroldis Chapman appears to have reclaimed his position as the Yankees' closer, with manager Joe Girardi saying on Wednesday that a pair of dominant appearances are encouraging the idea that the left-hander's struggles may be behind him. More Updated Sept. 6 at 9:53 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Angels (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Blake Parker Yusmeiro Petit Cam Bedrosian

Angels right-hander Yusmeiro Petit earned the save after fanning two in a perfect inning Friday against the Mariners. More Updated Aug. 12 at 2:57 a.m. ET

A's Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Blake Treinen Santiago Casilla Ryan Dull

A's closer Blake Treinen notched a save on Friday after he pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to preserve a two-run lead over the Rangers. More Updated Aug. 26 at 1:18 a.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Arodys Vizcaino Jim Johnson Jose Ramirez

Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino struck out the side to earn a save against the Nationals on Thursday. More Updated Sept. 21 at 11:01 p.m. ET

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Juan Nicasio Seung Hwan Oh Matt Bowman

The Cardinals made a rare September trade to upgrade their bullpen for the stretch run on Wednesday by acquiring free-agent-to-be reliever Juan Nicasio from the Phillies. More Updated Sept. 6 at 4:13 p.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough Junichi Tazawa

Reinforcements for the Marlins' bullpen are arriving this week. The club reinstated left-hander Chris O'Grady from the 10-day DL on Tuesday, while Brad Ziegler is expected to be available on Wednesday. More Updated Sept. 20 at 12:57 a.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
AJ Ramos Jeurys Familia Jerry Blevins

Mets right-hander AJ Ramos struck out the only two batters he faced en route to a save Wednesday vs. the Reds. More Updated Aug. 31 at 1:44 a.m. ET

Nationals Next in line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sean Doolittle Brandon Kintzler Ryan Madson

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save vs. the Giants on Saturday, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out two. More Updated Aug. 13 at 1:57 a.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Claudio Tony Barnette Keone Kela

Rangers reliever Alex Claudio pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout to earn a save against the Twins on Thursday. More Updated Aug. 4 at 12:02 a.m. ET

Royals (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Brandon Maurer Scott Alexander Joakim Soria

A day after right-hander Kelvin Herrera suffered his fourth blown save of the season in a 4-2 loss to the Twins, Royals manager Ned Yost said on Friday that he was making a change with the closer's role. More Updated Sept. 8 at 9:40 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Shane Greene Alex Wilson Joe Jimenez

Tigers right-hander Bruce Rondon earned the save after allowing a hit with no walks and two strikeouts in a scoreless inning Friday vs. the Orioles. More Updated Aug. 4 at 11:46 p.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Matt Belisle Taylor Rogers Trevor Hildenberger

Twins right-hander Trevor Hildenberger picked up a save after allowing one hit and no walks with three strikeouts over 1 1/3 scoreless innings Sunday at Detroit. More Updated Aug. 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Juan Minaya Gregory Infante Jake Petricka (DL)

White Sox right-hander Juan Minaya blew a save and took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and a pair of walks across 2/3 of an inning against the Twins on Thursday. More Updated Aug. 31 at 4:36 p.m. ET

Injured Closers

Orioles Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Brach Zach Britton (Inj.) Darren O'Day

Orioles closer Zach Britton's season has been riddled with injuries, and due to an MCL strain in his left knee, it could end early. More Updated Sept. 21 at 12:33 a.m. ET