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Closer Report

Elite Closers

Athletics

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Aug. 15: Liam Hendriks collected his 14th save of the season Thursday. 

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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Sept. 13: With Will Smith sidelined by back tightness, Shaun Anderson has picked up two saves in the past four days.

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.

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.

Blue Jays

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Aug. 27: After dealing with recurring elbow inflammation in late July and early August, Ken Giles seems to be back to being used regularly. He earned his 17th save of the season Tuesday.

Braves

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Aug. 25: Mark Melancon has recorded five saves since Aug. 13, while Shane Greene has been pitching in a setup role.

Cardinals

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Sept. 8: Carlos Martinez earned his 19th save of the season Sunday against the Pirates. He leads the National League in saves with 16 since the All-Star break.

Cubs

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Sept. 19: Craig Kimbrel has been activated from the injured list.

D-backs

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Aug. 27: Archie Bradley leads all National League pitchers with eight saves this month.

Mariners

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Aug. 23: Matt Magill has recorded the Mariners' three most recent saves.

Nationals

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Sept. 20: Daniel Hudson picked up his second save in four days Friday against the Marlins.

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.

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.

Rangers

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Aug. 2: Jose Leclerc is back as the Rangers' closer and earned his first save since April 17 to preserve Lance Lynn's 14th win on Friday night at Globe Life Park.

Rays

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Sept. 14: Emilio Pagan earned his 20th save of the season Saturday against the Angels.

Reds

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Sept. 13: With a save against the D-backs on Friday, Raisel Iglesias reached the 30-mark for the second straight season.

Red Sox

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Sept. 14: Brandon Workman earned his 13th save of the season and 10th of the second half Saturday against the Phillies.

Royals

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Sept. 12: Ian Kennedy collected his 29th save of the season Thursday against the White Sox. He leads the Majors with 18 saves since the All-Star break.

Tigers

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Aug. 28: Joe Jimenez has settled in as the Tigers' closer, recording four saves this month.

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

Indians

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Sept. 12: Brad Hand, who has a 6.95 ERA over his past 24 appearances, was recently sent back to Cleveland to have an MRI on his left arm. The MRI came back clean, but it's unclear if he'll return to his role as the Indians' closer. Nick Wittgren and Adam Cimber have each recorded a save this month.

Marlins

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Sept. 1 Jose Urena was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Sunday. He's expected to receive a chance to close for the Marlins down the stretch.

Mets

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Sept. 14: Justin Wilson has picked up the Mets' last two saves, and Seth Lugo earned the two before that. Edwin Diaz hasn't earned a save since Aug. 15.

Pirates

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Sept. 17: With Felipe Vazquez on the restricted list, Keone Kela and Richard Rodriguez are among the pitchers who could see save chances in the Pirates' remaining games.

Rockies

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Sept. 9: Jairo Diaz is the only pitcher who has recorded a save for the Rockies since Scott Oberg underwent a season-ending procedure for a blood clot.

Injured Closers