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Closer Report

Elite Closers

Astros

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July 11: Roberto Osuna enters the second half with a 1.95 ERA and 19 saves, which ranks fifth in the American League.

Brewers

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July 12: Josh Hader has held opponents to a .106 average this season while striking out 51 percent of the batters he has faced. The left-hander is also 20 for 21 in save chances with a 2.09 ERA.

Dodgers

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July 12: Kenley Jansen once again ranks among the MLB saves leaders with 23, and he has posted a 3.19 ERA with a 0.93 WHIP and 48 K's in 36 2/3 innings on the year.

Giants

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July 12: Coming off his first All-Star nod, Will Smith is a candidate to be dealt before the Trade Deadline on July 31.

Indians

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July 12: After making the All-Star team for the third straight season, Brad Hand will open the second half with a 2.17 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, 23 saves and 55 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings on the year.

Padres

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July 12: Kirby Yates leads MLB in saves by a wide margin with 30 and has posted a microscopic 1.15 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 39 innings this season.

Pirates

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July 12: Felipe Vazquez has increased his K/9 to a career-best 14.1 this season while posting a 2.11 ERA with 20 saves.

Tigers

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July 12: Shane Greene enters the second half with the lowest ERA in MLB (min. 20 innings) at 1.09, but his 3.72 FIP and 3.98 xFIP suggest some regression is ahead. The right-hander is also a candidate to be traded.

Yankees

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July 12: Although his average four-seam fastball velocity is down to 97.8 mph -- his lowest mark since Statcast was launched Major League-wide in 2015 -- Chapman has remained highly effective this season (1.82 ERA, 1.10 WHIP)

Stable Situations

Angels

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June 18: The Angels granted Cody Allen his unconditional release on Tuesday. Allen opened the year as the team's unquestioned closer but struggled mightily. Hansel Robles (11 saves) has since assumed the role.

Athletics

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July 3: Blake Treinen (shoulder strain) was activated from the injured list Wednesday.

Blue Jays

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July 13: Ken Giles was unavailable Saturday due to nerve inflammation stemming from a massage during the All-Star break, but it's not expected to be a long-term issue. More >

Braves

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July 13: Luke Jackson picked up a save Saturday against the Padres despite allowing a run in his second straight appearance. He has cemented himself as the Braves' closer, though he has blown six saves in 22 chances on the year.

Cardinals

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July 13: Carlos Martinez has recorded a pair of saves while posting a spotless ERA in four appearances since closer Jordan Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery.

Cubs

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July 12: Craig Kimbrel picked up his third save of the season with his second straight scoreless appearance Friday.

D-backs

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July 12: After ending the first half by allowing at least one run in four of his final five appearances, Greg Holland tossed a scoreless frame Friday against the Cardinals for his 15th save of the season.

Marlins

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July 14: Marlins closer Sergio Romo (16 saves, 4.01 ERA) is among the club's trade candidates this month. More >

Mets

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July 13: Edwin Diaz picked up his 20th save of the season Saturday. He remains the Mets' closer despite a 5.35 ERA.

Nationals

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July 13: Sean Doolittle collected his 20th save of the season Saturday.

Phillies

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July 14: Hector Neris blew his third save of the year Saturday, but he remains the team's best closing option, especially with Tommy Hunter, David Robertson, Pat Neshek, Juan Nicasio, Seranthony Dominguez and Victor Arano on the injured list.

Orioles

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July 13: Mychal Givens tossed two perfect innings in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays to collect his team-leading seventh save of the year.

Rangers

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July 11: Shawn Kelley enters the second half as the Rangers' closer after posting a 3.09 ERA with 11 saves in the first half.

Rockies

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July 12: Wade Davis earned his 13th save of the year Friday against the Reds. The right-hander has a 10.45 ERA over his past 11 games after posting a 2.16 mark in his first 19 outings this season.

Royals

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July 13: Ian Kennedy earned his 13th save of the season Saturday against the Tigers.

Twins

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July 12: Taylor Rogers opened the second half by tossing two scoreless innings to earn his 13th save of the season. He has been a tremendous option for the Twins this year, posting a 1.73 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 41 2/3 innings. Barring a major trade, Rogers should continue to serve as Minnesota's closer.

White Sox

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July 7: Alex Colome collected his 20th save of the season on the final day of the first half Sunday, lowering his ERA to 2.02.

Uncertain Situations

Rays

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July 12: Diego Castillo was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday. With Jose Alvarado on the IL, Castillo will likely share save chances with Emilio Pagan.

Reds

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July 4: Raisel Iglesias has recorded the Reds' past three saves after the club experimented with a closer commitee in June.

Red Sox

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July 20: Nathan Eovaldi was activated from the injured list Saturday. He is expected to serve as the Red Sox's closer.

Injured Closers

Mariners

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July 19: Hunter Strickland (lat) will pitch for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, then join the Rainiers for two games when they travel to Reno on Tuesday and Wednesday. His hope is to return to the Mariners before the end of their 10-game homestand that concludes next weekend against the Tigers.