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Fantasy Closer Report

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Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Huston Street Joe Smith Trevor Gott

Joe Smith and Huston Street, the Angels' back-end bullpen tandem, were both available Saturday night against the Red Sox, manager Mike Scioscia said as rain came down on a tarped Angel Stadium diamond before the game. More Updated July 18 at 11:47 p.m. ET

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Seth Maness

The Cardinals will be without their All-Star closer for the final leg of this three-city road trip, as Trevor Rosenthal returned to St. Louis on Friday morning to attend the birth of his second daughter. More Updated Aug. 28 at 5:37 p.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kenley Jansen Jim Johnson Pedro Baez

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen earned the save after allowing a hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning against the Cubs on Wednesday. More Updated June 25 at 12:47 a.m. ET

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

Orioles left-hander Zach Britton earned a save after throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings with one walk and two strikeouts Tuesday vs. the Red Sox. More Updated June 9 at 10:47 p.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Shawn Kelley

Padres closer Craig Kimbrel fanned one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Marlins on Saturday to earn his 31st save. More Updated Aug. 1 at 9:53 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Joakim Soria Tony Watson

Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned the save after allowing a hit in a scoreless inning against the Marlins on Thursday. More Updated Aug. 27 at 10:10 p.m. ET

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Jumbo Diaz

The Reds revealed postgame that closer Aroldis Chapman has been unavailable the last two games because of stiffness in his left shoulder. More Updated Aug. 21 at 1:02 a.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Glen Perkins Kevin Jepsen Casey Fien

The Twins' All-Star closer Glen Perkins was unavailable on Wednesday, once again dealing with back spasms. More Updated Sept. 3 at 1:40 a.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
David Robertson Jake Petricka Zach Duke

White Sox closer David Robertson captured his 25th save after firing a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout against the Mariners on Saturday night. More Updated Aug. 23 at 1:26 a.m. ET

Yankees Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Chasen Shreve

Yankees closer Andrew Miller notched the save after fanning three in a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday vs. the Red Sox. More Updated Sept. 1 at 10:26 p.m. ET

Stable Situations

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Luke Gregerson Pat Neshek Will Harris

Astros closer Luke Gregerson tallied his 24th save after yielding one hit with one strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning vs. the Dodgers on Saturday night. More Updated Aug. 22 at 10:12 p.m. ET

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Aaron Sanchez LaTroy Hawkins

The Blue Jays finally added a big piece to their bullpen on Saturday afternoon as right-hander Aaron Sanchez made his long-awaited return following a six-week absence. More Updated July 25 at 7:45 p.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Arodys Vizcaino Edwin Jackson Peter Moylan

Arodys Vizcaino earned his second save of the season with a scoreless inning against the Marlins on Friday night, but he did allow one hit and one walk. More Updated Aug. 7 at 11:24 p.m. ET

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Francisco Rodriguez Will Smith Michael Blazek

Brewers right-hander Francisco Rodriguez earned a save after throwing a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts Tuesday vs. the Mets. More Updated June 23 at 11:28 p.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Justin Grimm

Cubs right-hander Hector Rondon earned the save with a perfect inning against the Brewers on Thursday. More Updated July 30 at 11:52 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Randall Delgado

Sometimes in the course of the grueling marathon of a 162-game season, a manager asks too much from one of his players due to circumstances. That's how D-backs skipper Chip Hale described things Monday night after he sent closer Brad Ziegler out to try and slam the door in the ninth inning just one day after the right-hander had thrown 30 pitches. More Updated Sept. 1 at 10:21 p.m. ET

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

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he intends to "back off" using right-hander Santiago Casilla for two or three days in the belief that the closer has a tired arm. More Updated July 2 at 2:44 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Zach McAllister

Indians closer Cody Allen collected a save after striking out one in a spotless ninth inning against the Reds on Saturday. More Updated May 23 at 8:18 p.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
A.J. Ramos Carter Capps (DL) Mike Dunn

Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos fanned two in a perfect ninth inning on Sunday against the Cardinals to earn his 19th save. More Updated Aug. 16 at 6:01 p.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeurys Familia Tyler Clippard Addison Reed

Mets closer Jeurys Familia blew a save after allowing three runs across one inning of work against the Padres on Thursday. More Updated July 30 at 6:36 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jonathan Papelbon Drew Storen Casey Janssen

Nationals right-hander Jonathan Papelbon earned a save after striking out one batter during a perfect ninth inning against the Marlins on Thursday. More Updated July 30 at 3:18 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ken Giles Luis Garcia Justin De Fratus

Phillies closer Ken Giles worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one strikeout Saturday against the Marlins to record his ninth save of the season. More Updated Aug. 22 at 10:38 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Shawn Tolleson Keone Kela Jake Diekman

Rangers manager Jeff Banister used reliever Shawn Tolleson in a non-save situation to close out the Rangers' 8-6 win Tuesday night. The Rangers had a four-run lead going into the inning and the Padres scored twice before Tolleson got the third out. More Updated Sept. 2 at 11:24 p.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera

Royals right-hander Wade Davis earned the save after striking out two in a perfect inning vs. the Orioles on Tuesday. More Updated Aug. 26 at 3:14 a.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

A's Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Drew Pomeranz Sean Doolittle Edward Mujica

A's manager Bob Melvin still foresees Sean Doolittle closing by season's end. But while Doolittle continues to regain his All-Star form, another lefty keeps impressing in that role. Drew Pomeranz struck out the side on just 11 pitches in the ninth inning of Saturday's 3-2 victory in Arizona, securing his third save. More Updated Aug. 30 at 7:21 p.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tom Wilhelmsen Carson Smith Vidal Nuno

Mariners right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen threw a perfect ninth inning and struck out one to earn his seventh save of the season Tuesday in Houston. More Updated Sept. 2 at 12:27 a.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Boxberger Steve Geltz Brandon Gomes

Rays reliever Jake McGee will miss 6-8 weeks after being diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee, putting his return this season in question. More Updated Aug. 20 at 4:29 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jean Machi Junichi Tazawa Ryan Cook

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo informed Junichi Tazawa on Sunday morning that he will no longer pitch the ninth inning and will instead resume being the primary setup man, a job he has excelled at for the last three seasons. More Updated Aug. 30 at 5:41 p.m. ET

Rockies Next In Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
John Axford Justin Miller Simon Castro

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Tuesday that John Axford "looks like himself," and therefore has been placed back in the team's closer role. More Updated Aug. 19 at 2:42 a.m. ET

Tigers (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Bruce Rondon Alex Wilson Neftali Feliz

Tigers right-hander Bruce Rondon earned the save after allowing a walk with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning vs. the Red Sox on Saturday. More Updated Aug. 8 at 11:00 p.m. ET