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Elite Closers

Astros

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April 27: Astros closer Roberto Osuna has recorded seven saves with a 0.87 ERA over his first 11 appearances this season.

Athletics

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May 5: Closer Blake Treinen, who was unavailable in Oakland's 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday due to right elbow soreness, was to be evaluated when the club returned to Oakland on Monday, manager Bob Melvin said Sunday. The good news is that Treinen felt the injury was more similar to tendinitis than something more serious and he felt "a lot better" on Sunday, according to Melvin. But the All-Star closer wasn't available for Sunday's series finale with the Pirates, making setup man Lou Trivino the closer for now. More >

Brewers

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April 27: Josh Hader has allowed at least one run in each of his past three appearances, but he continues to rack up strikeouts and remains the most likely member of Milwaukee's bullpen to close games.

Dodgers

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April 25: Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the season Thursday despite allowing a run for the fifth time in his past seven appearances.

Indians

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April 27: Brad Hand collected his eighth save of the season Friday night, tossing his sixth straight scoreless outing.

Mets

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April 27: Edwin Diaz has been as good as advertised in his first month with the Mets, going 7-for-7 in save chances and recording a 1.04 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.

Nationals

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April 27: The Nationals' bullpen as a whole has struggled this season, but closer Sean Doolittle has an excellent 1.46 ERA with a 5.0 K/BB ratio over his first 12 games.

Padres

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April 27: Kirby Yates has been dominant so far, posting a 0.60 ERA with 13 saves in 13 chances and 23 strikeouts over 15 innings.

Pirates

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April 26: Felipe Vazquez maintained his spotless ERA with another scoreless inning Friday night. The left-hander also has six saves and 20 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.

Yankees

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April 27: Aroldis Chapman has recorded a 2.45 ERA with four saves and 15 strikeouts over 11 innings this season.

Stable Situations

Blue Jays

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May 3: Ken Giles picked up his eighth save of the season Friday night against the Rangers.

Braves

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May 10: Luke Jackson blew a save Thursday night, but he still seems likely to continue as the Braves' closer after A.J. Minter was optioned to Triple-A on Friday.

Cardinals

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April 29: Jordan Hicks earned his ninth save of the season Monday against the Nationals.

D-backs

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May 3: Although he allowed a run for the first time all season, Greg Holland still picked up his eighth save of the year Friday against the Rockies.

Giants

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May 5: Will Smith earned his ninth save of the season Sunday against the Reds. Only one other pitcher (Sam Dyson) on the Giants has a save this year.

Marlins

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May 5: The Marlins have just nine wins all season, and Sergio Romo has saved five of them. Drew Steckenrider, who was the preseason favorite to close for Miami, still has no saves.

Phillies

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May 5: Hector Neris seems to have settled in as the Phillies' closer. The right-hander has five saves, while no one else in Philadelphia's bullpen has more than one.

Orioles

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May 5: As expected, Mychal Givens leads the Orioles in saves (4). Four other pitchers have one save for the club.

Reds

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April 25: Raisel Iglesias earned his team-leading sixth save of the season on Thursday.

Red Sox

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May 5: While Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes have both pitched well in the Red Sox's bullpen this season, Brasier has six saves in eight chances to Barnes' two saves in four.

Rockies

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May 5: After combining 43 saves with an unimpressive 4.13 ERA last season, Wade Davis has recorded a 0.77 ERA this year, but with only five saves. He's the only pitcher to record a save for Colorado in 2019.

Tigers

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May 5: Shane Greene has saved 13 of the Tigers' 15 wins this season.

Twins

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April 29: Blake Parker earned his team-leading sixth save of the season Monday against the Astros. Taylor Rogers ranks second on the club with three saves.

White Sox

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April 29: Alex Colome collected his sixth save of the season Monday vs. the Orioles.

Uncertain Situations

Angels

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May 7: The Angels activated reliever Cody Allen (back) from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, but it's unclear if the right-hander will return to the closer's role, which he was removed from before going on the IL. Since Allen last recorded a save on April 13, the Angels have just three saves as a team, all by different pitchers (Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles, Luis Garcia).

Rangers

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May 9: Shawn Kelley was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday due to a bacterial infection, which makes Chris Martin the most likely pitcher to record saves for Texas going forward. The club could also try Jose Leclerc again if the right-hander continues to rebound after throwing three scoreless innings in his first two May appearances.

Rays

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May 2: Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo now have four saves each this season after Castillo closed out the Rays' 3-1 over the Royals on Thursday.

Royals

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May 6: The Royals entered Monday tied for last in the Majors with five saves. Ian Kennedy has two, and Wily Peralta, Brad Boxberger and Scott Barlow have one each.

Injured Closers

Cubs

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May 8: Pedro Strop, who has been filling in as the Cubs' closer with Brandon Morrow (elbow) out, was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a left hamstring strain. Chicago could use a closer committee until Strop returns, with Steve Cishek, Brandon Kintzler and Brad Brach among those in the mix.

Mariners

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May 6: With the Mariners struggling lately, the club hasn't recorded a save since April 20. Roenis Elias (4) and Anthony Swarzak (3) rank first and second on the team, respectively, in saves this season.