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Fantasy Closer Report

Elite Closers

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Travis Wood

Hector Rondon said he was fine after playing catch prior to Thursday's series-closing 7-2 win over the Dodgers, but the Cubs opted to be careful with their closer, who was available on Thursday but not used because of a stiff back. More Updated June 3 at 1:12 a.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Joe Blanton

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen picked up a save after allowing one walk and striking out two batters during a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates on Monday. More Updated June 27 at 4:18 p.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles

Mets closer Jeurys Familia took the loss Sunday after he allowed a pair of runs on two hits and two walks with no strikeouts in one inning vs. the Dodgers. More Updated May 30 at 12:25 a.m. ET

Orioles Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Zach Britton Darren O'Day (DL) Brad Brach

After the Orioles' bullpen faltered twice in Toronto, manager Buck Showalter wasn't taking any chances. Showalter called on closer Zach Britton to record the five-out save in Tuesday's 3-2 series-opening win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park, improving the lefty to a perfect 20-for-20 in save situations. More Updated June 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Neftali Feliz Tony Watson

Pirates right-hander Mark Melancon recorded a save after allowing one hit in a scoreless inning Monday vs. the Giants. More Updated June 20 at 10:05 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel locked up the save after striking out the side during a perfect ninth inning vs. the Mariners on Sunday. More Updated June 19 at 7:16 p.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria

Royals right-hander Wade Davis tallied his 14th save after completing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout vs. the White Sox on Sunday. More Updated May 29 at 7:03 p.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
David Robertson Nate Jones Zach Putnam (DL)

White Sox right-hander David Robertson recorded a save after yielding one hit and zero walks with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning Monday vs. the White Sox. More Updated June 20 at 10:51 p.m. ET

Yankees Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Aroldis Chapman Andrew Miller Dellin Betances

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman blew the save after allowing one unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning against the Orioles on Sunday. More Updated June 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Stable Situations

Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Huston Street Joe Smith (DL) Fernando Salas

Angels closer Huston Street blew the save after allowing two runs on two hits and two walks without recording an out on Tuesday against the Astros. More Updated June 22 at 2:42 a.m. ET

A's Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ryan Madson Sean Doolittle John Axford

It's no revelation, but A's manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Ryan Madson as his closer on Saturday -- the role he's occupied for quite some time now, just without the title. More Updated May 15 at 12:23 p.m. ET

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

For the first time in his career, Astros reliever Luke Gregerson says he's making quality pitches and not getting the results he's had in the past. Gregerson gave up a two-out, game-tying homer to the A's Jed Lowrie in the ninth inning Saturday for his fifth blown save in his past 11 outings, forcing manager A.J. Hinch to make a switch at the closer role. More Updated June 6 at 9:04 p.m. ET

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli Gavin Floyd (DL)

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided not to use closer Roberto Osuna in Friday night's 5-2 victory over the Dodgers because he is dealing with a sore groin. More Updated May 7 at 12:21 a.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Arodys Vizcaino Jim Johnson Chris Withrow

The Blue Jays acquired veteran right-hander Jason Grilli plus cash considerations from the Braves on Tuesday for right-hander Sean Ratcliffe, the club announced. More Updated May 31 at 9:03 p.m. ET

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith Corey Knebel

Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress earned the save after striking out one in a perfect inning vs. the Angels on Tuesday. More Updated May 3 at 11:27 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Ziegler Tyler Clippard Daniel Hudson

D-backs closer Brad Ziegler earned the save after allowing a run on a hit with no walks and one strikeout in an inning of work Tuesday against the Dodgers. More Updated April 12 at 8:36 p.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Santiago Casilla Hunter Strickland Sergio Romo (DL)

Giants reliever Santiago Casilla claimed his 13th save after retiring the final two batters in the ninth inning Sunday vs. the Dodgers. More Updated June 12 at 11:54 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Dan Otero

Indians closer Cody Allen earned the save after walking one in 1 1/3 scoreless innings vs. the Mets on Saturday. More Updated April 17 at 2:57 a.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Steve Cishek Joaquin Benoit Nick Vincent

Mariners right-hander Steve Cishek earned a save after walking one in a scoreless inning Wednesday against the A's. More Updated May 4 at 9:33 p.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
A.J. Ramos David Phelps Kyle Barraclough

Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos secured the save after tossing a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts vs. the Rockies on Sunday. More Updated June 19 at 5:49 p.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Ryan Buchter Kevin Quackenbush

Padres closer Fernando Rodney picked up a pair of saves with a pair of scoreless innings in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cubs. More Updated May 11 at 11:43 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeanmar Gomez David Hernandez Hector Neris

Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez recorded a save after allowing two hits and no walks with one strikeout in two scoreless innings Tuesday vs. the Cubs. More Updated June 7 at 11:04 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sam Dyson Jake Diekman Shawn Tolleson

Rangers reliever Sam Dyson picked up a save after retiring the side in order during the ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals. More Updated June 17 at 10:51 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Shane Greene

Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez returned from the family emergency list on Wednesday after three days away from the team. The move not only restored Detroit's bullpen to full strength, it secured a level of depth greater than usual for the 'pen. More Updated April 27 at 8:04 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Cardinals (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Seung Hwan Oh Kevin Siegrist Trevor Rosenthal

A day after watching Trevor Rosenthal blow his third season save by allowing three ninth-inning runs, manager Mike Matheny met with the right-hander on Saturday to inform him that the team will be using him in a different role. More Updated June 25 at 9:42 p.m. ET

Reds (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tony Cingrani Ross Ohlendorf Raisel Iglesias

Reds reliever Tony Cingrani collected the save after allowing one hit and one walk in a scoreless 11th inning against the Astros on Friday night. More Updated June 18 at 12:24 a.m. ET

Twins (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Kintzler Fernando Abad Kevin Jepsen

After right-hander Brandon Kintzler picked up his first career save with a scoreless ninth in the Twins' 7-5 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night, manager Paul Molitor announced he'll be backing off closer Kevin Jepsen in the short-term, using Kintzler and lefty Fernando Abad in save situations based on matchups. More Updated June 9 at 1:03 a.m. ET

Injured Closers

Nationals Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Shawn Kelley Jonathan Papelbon (DL) Blake Treinen

Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon, who is on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain, had no problems in his first bullpen session, which he threw before Saturday's game against the Brewers. More Updated June 25 at 5:30 p.m. ET

Rays Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Colome Brad Boxberger (DL) Erasmo Ramirez

Rays manager Kevin Cash wanted to ease right-hander Brad Boxberger back into action, but instead, the Tampa Bay reliever is headed back to the disabled list. More Updated June 1 at 5:21 p.m. ET

Rockies (Closer Committee) Injured Closer Closer Committee Closer Notes
Carlos Estevez Jake McGee (DL) Jason Motte

Rockies reliever Jake McGee threw a full-tilt, 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday, and if his next session, scheduled for Sunday, goes well, he intends to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. More Updated June 24 at 9:10 p.m. ET