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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.

Braves

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July 31: The Braves bolstered their bullpen with the acquisitions of Shane Greene, Mark Melancon and Chris Martin before the Trade Deadline.

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 31: Although they shipped out Sam Dyson and Mark Melancon, the Giants retained closer Will Smith and fellow trade candidate Tony Watson as the Trade Deadline passed on Wednesday.

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 31: The Pirates reportedly listened to offers for Felipe Vazquez before the Trade Deadline, but he was still with the team as the Deadline passed on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Nationals

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July 31: The Nats gave closer Sean Doolittle some support with the Trade Deadline acquisitions of Daniel Hudson, Hunter Strickland and Roenis Elias.

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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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.

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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Aug. 16: Brandon Workman has been serving as Boston's closer and will likely continue to do so with Nathan Eovaldi moving back to the rotation.

Royals

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

Tigers

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Aug. 3: Joe Jimenez will get the first crack at closing for the Tigers after the club traded Shane Greene to the Braves on July 31. More >

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

Blue Jays

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Aug. 13: Giles has been pitching through right elbow inflammation for the majority of the season, and he was once again unavailable for Toronto in a save situation on Saturday because his arm just wasn't up to the challenge. However, he returned Tuesday and closed out the Jays' 3-0 win over the Rangers, throwing 14 pitches.

D-backs

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Aug. 7: The D-backs designated veteran Greg Holland for assignment on Wednesday. He opened the season as Arizona's closer and had some early success, posting a 2.33 ERA with 12 saves in 14 chances through the end of June. But he had an 11.42 ERA in 12 games leading up to the DFA. Archie Bradley has recorded Arizona's two most recent saves.

Mariners

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July 31: The Mariners dealt Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland before the Trade Deadline, giving the club an uncertain closer situation. Anthony Bass, Cory Gearrin and Sam Tuivailala could enter the mix for saves.

Marlins

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July 31: It remains to be seen how the Marlins' closer situation will shake out after the club traded Sergio Romo, Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards over the past few days. Jarlin Garcia, Adam Conley and Jose Quijada are candidates to earn save chances.

Mets

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Aug. 11: When a save situation surfaced in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Nationals, manager Mickey Callaway stuck with Seth Lugo, who had pitched the eighth inning, rather than turn to Edwin Diaz. On Sunday morning, Callaway indicated Lugo will see regular save opportunities going forward, even if he hasn't supplanted Diaz as the closer in name. More >

Rays

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Aug. 3: Emilio Pagan (2), Diego Castillo (1), Chaz Roe (1) and Colin Poche (1) have all recorded saves over the Rays' past seven games as the club continues to utilize a closer committee.

Rockies

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Aug. 2: Rockies manager Bud Black said Friday that he is replacing the struggling Wade Davis as closer, and will go with Scott Oberg for the time being. More >

Injured Closers

Cubs

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Aug. 10: Steve Cishek (left hip inflammation) joined Craig Kimbrel (knee inflammation) and Brandon Kintzler (right pectoral inflammation) on the 10-day injured list Saturday, leaving Pedro Strop as the most likely candidate to receive save chances for the time being. Kimbrel is expected to rejoin the Cubs during the upcoming week in Philadelphia and may throw a bullpen session.