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Fantasy Closer Report

Elite Closers

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Wade Davis Hector Rondon Koji Uehara

Cubs right-hander Wade Davis tossed a scoreless ninth inning in a 9-5 win over the Reds on Tuesday. More Updated May 17 at 12:52 a.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Sergio Romo

Dodgers right-hander Kenley Jansen earned a save after striking out four batters across 1 1/3 perfect innings against the Marlins on Thursday. More Updated May 19 at 2:56 a.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Derek Law Hunter Strickland

The Giants accelerated the timetable for closer Mark Melancon's return by activating the right-hander from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, two days sooner than anticipated. More Updated May 17 at 5:08 p.m. ET

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

Cody Allen of the Indians and Greg Holland of the Rockies are the first recipients of the AL and NL Relievers of the Month presented by The Hartford, respectively, as Major League Baseball on Wednesday introduced its new monthly honor that will go to the best reliever in each league. More Updated May 3 at 8:38 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Joe Kelly Tyler Thornburg (DL)

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel earned a save Saturday after pitching a scoreless inning with two strikeouts vs. the Rays. More Updated May 13 at 4:08 p.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Jake McGee

Rockies closer Greg Holland tossed a scoreless inning Thursday against the Rockies for his Major League-leading 15th save. More Updated May 12 at 12:52 a.m. ET

Stable Situations

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

Astros closer Ken Giles secured the save with a scoreless inning Sunday against the Rays. More Updated April 23 at 7:51 p.m. ET

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Joe Smith Ryan Tepera

Roberto Osuna was back to his old self on Saturday, picking up his second save of the season to close out a 4-1 Blue Jays' win after a key conversation with catcher Russell Martin. More Updated April 30 at 3:26 a.m. ET

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

Braves right-hander Jim Johnson earned a save after getting the final out of a 9-7 win over the Mets on Tuesday. More Updated May 2 at 11:24 p.m. ET

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Seung Hwan Oh Trevor Rosenthal Matt Bowman

Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday vs. the Cubs to earn his 10th save. More Updated May 13 at 8:13 p.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
A.J. Ramos Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough

Marlins right-hander A.J. Ramos took a loss after allowing an unearned run against the Cardinals on Tuesday. More Updated May 9 at 11:20 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tony Watson Felipe Rivero Daniel Hudson

Pirates left-hander Tony Watson lost after allowing two runs on three hits and one walk with one strikeout over 2/3 of an inning Tuesday at Atlanta. More Updated May 24 at 2:42 a.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Colome Brad Boxberger (DL) Chase Whitley

Rays closer Alex Colome recorded four outs against the Red Sox to earn a save Friday night. More Updated May 13 at 12:44 a.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Mike Minor

Royals closer Kelvin Herrera could only watch as Twins pinch-hitter Kennys Vargas trotted around the bases following a tying two-run blast in the ninth inning on Friday night. More Updated May 20 at 2:09 a.m. ET

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

White Sox closer David Robertson pitched two scoreless innings for the win in Friday's against the Mariners. More Updated May 20 at 1:54 a.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

A's Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Santiago Casilla Ryan Madson Sean Doolittle (DL)

A's closer Santiago Casilla earned his seventh save of the season vs. the Marlins on Wednesday. More Updated May 24 at 7:21 p.m. ET

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Corey Knebel Neftali Feliz Jacob Barnes

"Forty-one is a lot, but when you think about it, it's only 11 more than 30," Brewers reliever Corey Knebel said of his 41-pitch effort against the Red Sox on Thursday. More Updated May 13 at 8:42 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Archie Bradley J.J. Hoover

D-backs closer Fernando Rodney notched his ninth save with a scoreless inning vs. the Pirates on Thursday. More Updated May 12 at 1:22 a.m. ET

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

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Edwin Diaz being the everyday closer again is "not set in stone," but acknowledged the 23-year-old is the best fit for the club in that role and will likely handle most of the ninth-inning duties after getting the save in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Nationals. More Updated May 26 at 8:58 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Koda Glover Matt Albers Shawn Kelley

The Nationals have been searching for answers with their struggling bullpen through the first two months of this season, but they are starting to find some stability in the back end. More Updated May 25 at 12:23 p.m. ET

Padres (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Hand Brandon Maurer Carter Capps (DL)

Padres left-hander Brad Hand earned the save after allowing a run on a hit and a walk with no strikeouts in one inning Thursday against the Mets. More Updated May 25 at 11:24 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Neris Joaquin Benoit Pat Neshek

Phillies right-hander Hector Neris picked up a save after allowing one hit over a scoreless inning of work Sunday against the Nationals. More Updated May 14 at 5:55 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Matt Bush Keone Kela Jeremy Jeffress

Rangers manager Jeff Banister was hoping to stay away from using closer Matt Bush on Saturday against the Tigers. More Updated May 20 at 8:29 p.m. ET

Reds (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Drew Storen

Reds closer Raisel Iglesias pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Giants. More Updated May 12 at 3:50 a.m. ET

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

Justin Wilson has never been a closer at any level. But he looked right at home in the role Saturday night as he struck out the side against the Angels in the ninth inning to earn his first save since taking over as Detroit's closer this week. More Updated May 14 at 5:03 p.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Kintzler Taylor Rogers Glen Perkins (DL)

Twins right-hander Brandon Kintzler earned a save after allowing one hit and striking out one batter in a scoreless inning of work against the Orioles on Wednesday. More Updated May 24 at 3:44 p.m. ET

Injured Closers

Angels Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Bud Norris Cam Bedrosian (DL) Blake Parker

As a trio of their relievers move closer to coming off the disabled list, the Angels could soon face tough roster decisions regarding the composition of their bullpen. More Updated May 25 at 2:58 p.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Addison Reed Jeurys Familia (DL) Jerry Blevins

Mets closer Jeurys Familia will be shut down from throwing for approximately six weeks following a successful surgery to address a blood clot near his right armpit. More Updated May 13 at 8:37 p.m. ET

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

Orioles closer Zach Britton will be sidelined 45-60 days, a source told MLB.com, with the team optimistic that the lefty -- who is dealing with a left forearm strain -- will return before the All-Star break. More Updated May 9 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Yankees Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Dellin Betances Aroldis Chapman (DL) Tyler Clippard

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is expected to leave for the team's player development complex in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, where he will prepare to begin a Minor League rehabilitation stint. More Updated May 26 at 7:49 p.m. ET