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September Reliever Rankings

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Here are the September reliever rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings you'll find a fully updated top 300 list.

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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Relief pitcher Rankings


Dropping off: Rafael Betancourt (No. 32), Jose Cisnero (No. 40), Tom Wilhelmsen (No. 49), Jesse Crain (No. 50), Antonio Bastardo (No. 58), Dale Thayer (No. 59), James Russell (No. 67), Oliver Perez (No. 69), Brian Wilson (No. 70)

  • Barring a setback, Jason Grilli (forearm) will likely come off the DL on Friday and should get the closer's role back in Pittsburgh, though the Pirates won't be able to show much patience if he struggles out of the gate. Mark Melancon hasn't skipped a beat since moving from the eighth to the ninth, and he needs to be held on to just in case Grilli can't pull off a successful return.
  • It probably won't happen unless Brad Ziegler experiences another misstep, but I think the Diamondbacks should go to J.J. Putz in the closer's role once he comes off the DL later this week. Not that Ziegler has done a whole lot of closing lately anyway; he's blown his only two save chances in the last three weeks. Oddly enough, he has four wins since picking up his last save on Aug. 7.
  • Bobby Parnell is looking pretty iffy to return from a herniated disc in mid-September, so LaTroy Hawkins joins the rankings at No. 30. He had an ugly outing in a game the Mets were already losing last week, but he's 6-for-7 in his save chances since taking over for Parnell.
RankRPTeam2013JulyAug
1 Craig Kimbrel Braves 1 1 1
2 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 28 10 4
3 Aroldis Chapman Reds 2 2 2
4 Mariano Rivera Yankees 5 3 3
5 Greg Holland Royals 17 15 10
6 Joe Nathan Rangers 8 8 7
7 Edward Mujica Cardinals 88 13 6
8 Koji Uehara Red Sox 59 31 13
9 Glen Perkins Twins 9 9 9
10 Jim Johnson Orioles 11 7 5
11 Grant Balfour Athletics 22 12 8
12 Fernando Rodney Rays 3 14 11
13 Addison Reed White Sox 10 11 16
14 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 4 5 12
15 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 40 25 19
16 Sergio Romo Giants 12 16 17
17 Chris Perez Indians 19 20 15
18 Huston Street Padres 13 24 18
19 Steve Cishek Marlins 21 29 21
20 Danny Farquhar Mariners 384 NR 33
21 Rex Brothers Rockies 52 28 27
22 Ernesto Frieri Angels 33 18 23
23 Rafael Soriano Nationals 6 6 14
24 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 25 17 22
25 Jim Henderson Brewers 141 21 25
26 Jason Grilli Pirates 30 4 30
27 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 94 62 26
28 Mark Melancon Pirates 29 33 24
29 Kevin Gregg Cubs 266 27 28
30 LaTroy Hawkins Mets 237 NR NR
31 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks 15 30 29
32 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 46 34 31
33 Tommy Hunter Orioles 82 64 NR
34 Chia-Jen Lo Astros 362 NR 57
35 David Robertson Yankees 53 41 35
36 Pedro Strop Cubs 89 NR 34
37 Tyler Clippard Nationals 56 50 38
38 Dane De La Rosa Angels 248 NR 66
39 Kelvin Herrera Royals 39 NR 60
40 Bobby Parnell Mets 23 19 20
41 Jake McGee Rays 44 37 36
42 Yoervis Medina Mariners 458 35 37
43 Luis Avilan Braves 79 52 48
44 Ryan Cook Athletics 36 43 39
45 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals NR NR NR
46 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 54 54 44
47 Kevin Chapman Astros NR NR NR
48 Charlie Furbush Mariners 76 NR 54
49 Paco Rodriguez Dodgers 195 NR NR
50 Joel Peralta Rays 70 47 47
51 Jordan Walden Braves 68 66 56
52 Jose Veras Tigers 35 22 55
53 A.J. Ramos Marlins 57 44 45
54 Sean Doolittle Athletics 32 40 43
55 Drew Smyly Tigers 151 SP 45 41
56 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 90 56 46
57 Cody Allen Indians 116 69 63
58 J.J. Hoover Reds 84 NR 65
59 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 131 38 52
60 Jared Burton Twins 65 57 53
61 Joe Smith Indians 114 NR NR
62 Luke Gregerson Padres 69 49 51
63 Darren O'Day Orioles 67 59 61
64 Blake Parker Cubs NR 70 64
65 David Carpenter Braves 233 NR NR
66 John Axford Cardinals 7 48 42
67 Luke Hochevar Royals 163 SP NR NR
68 Robbie Ross Rangers 100 60 62
69 Louis Coleman Royals 175 NR 68
70 Scott Downs Braves 92 NR NR
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