August Reliever Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
Brad Johnson covers the Opening Week action in closerland. He also taks a peek at some future base thieves

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Brad Johnson covers the Opening Week action in closerland. He also taks a peek at some future base thieves

Here are the August 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: Dropping off: Andrew Bailey (No. 26), Vinnie Pestano (No. 36), Francisco Rodriguez (No. 39), David Hernandez (No. 46), Bruce Rondon (No. 51), Hector Ambriz (No. 58), Drew Storen (No. 61), Tommy Hunter (No. 64), Al Alburquerque (No. 67)

  • I think Yoervis Medina will prove more reliable than Danny Farquhar and his magic cutter, but the Mariners seem to feel differently at the moment. It's worth noting that the team is currently being run by fill-in manager Robby Thompson, not Eric Wedge, and Wedge might change things up once he rejoins the club. Then again, it's doubtful that he'll mess with anything that's working. As for Tom Wilhelmsen, well, that the Mariners pulled him even though he was 7-for-7 in his save chances since regaining the closer's role shows absolutely zero confidence in him. Most likely, he's through earning saves this year.

  • Jose Cisnero was all lined up to replace the sure-to-be-traded Jose Veras in the closer's role for the Astros, but a bad week changed that in a hurry and then he took a blown save in the eighth inning in the Astros' first late-inning lead after Veras was dealt. The Astros may instead pin their hopes of Chia-Jen Lo, who returned from injury to post a 3.24 ERA and a 20/2 K/B ratio in 16 2/3 innings in the minors, but Lo also blew a save chance in the same game than Cisnero did. It might be best just to shy away from the whole situation for now. I'm not much of a fan of Cisnero, and I don't see anyone else at all likely to step up. I doubt they will, but the Astros' best bet might be to sign free agent Brandon Lyon and just hand him the closer's role.

  • Kevin Gregg finished July with a 5.79 ERA and an 8/13 K/BB ratio in 14 innings, so no one wanted to deal for him before the deadline. Maybe he'll fetch a lesser prospect later this month, but the Cubs won't be counting on it. I'm in favor of Pedro Strop getting a look in the closer's role in his place, yet it seems as though the Cubs intend to stick with Gregg unless he leaves them no other choice.

  • The Diamondbacks seem content to leave things as is, but with J.J. Putz working on a streak of 10 straight scoreless appearances, it'd make a lot of sense to put him back in the closer's role and free up Brad Ziegler to pitch earlier in games. Ziegler should be their go-to guy in the middle of innings with men on base.

Rank

RP

Team

2013

May

June

July

1

Craig Kimbrel

Braves

1

1

1

1

2

Aroldis Chapman

Reds

2

2

2

2

3

Mariano Rivera

Yankees

5

3

3

3

4

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers

28

31

27

10

5

Jim Johnson

Orioles

11

8

8

7

6

Edward Mujica

Cardinals

88

23

13

13

7

Joe Nathan

Rangers

8

7

9

8

8

Grant Balfour

Athletics

22

16

12

12

9

Glen Perkins

Twins

9

10

10

9

10

Greg Holland

Royals

17

17

17

15

11

Fernando Rodney

Rays

3

5

15

14

12

Jonathan Papelbon

Phillies

4

4

4

5

13

Koji Uehara

Red Sox

59

52

50

31

14

Rafael Soriano

Nationals

6

6

7

6

15

Chris Perez

Indians

19

14

24

20

16

Addison Reed

White Sox

10

9

6

11

17

Sergio Romo

Giants

12

11

14

16

18

Huston Street

Padres

13

20

25

24

19

Joaquin Benoit

Tigers

40

37

36

25

20

Bobby Parnell

Mets

23

22

16

19

21

Steve Cishek

Marlins

21

26

37

29

22

Casey Janssen

Blue Jays

25

21

18

17

23

Ernesto Frieri

Angels

33

25

20

18

24

Mark Melancon

Pirates

29

32

30

33

25

Jim Henderson

Brewers

141

24

31

21

26

Brad Ziegler

Diamondbacks

94

NR

68

62

27

Rex Brothers

Rockies

52

46

28

28

28

Kevin Gregg

Cubs

266

34

21

27

29

J.J. Putz

Diamondbacks

15

19

NR

30

30

Jason Grilli

Pirates

30

12

5

4

31

Trevor Rosenthal

Cardinals

46

30

29

34

32

Rafael Betancourt

Rockies

24

18

26

23

33

Danny Farquhar

Mariners

384

NR

NR

NR

34

Pedro Strop

Cubs

89

NR

NR

NR

35

David Robertson

Yankees

53

56

44

41

36

Jake McGee

Rays

44

NR

52

37

37

Yoervis Medina

Mariners

458

NR

NR

35

38

Tyler Clippard

Nationals

56

NR

58

50

39

Ryan Cook

Athletics

36

41

47

43

40

Jose Cisnero

Astros

338 SP

NR

NR

55

41

Drew Smyly

Tigers

151 SP

91 SP

105 SP

45

42

John Axford

Brewers

7

39

46

48

43

Sean Doolittle

Athletics

32

33

35

40

44

Junichi Tazawa

Red Sox

54

47

41

54

45

A.J. Ramos

Marlins

57

44

43

44

46

Heath Bell

Diamondbacks

90

NR

22

56

47

Joel Peralta

Rays

70

NR

40

47

48

Luis Avilan

Braves

79

NR

65

52

49

Tom Wilhelmsen

Mariners

16

13

11

32

50

Jesse Crain

Rays

101

NR

55

42

51

Luke Gregerson

Padres

69

48

39

49

52

Tanner Scheppers

Rangers

131

NR

45

38

53

Jared Burton

Twins

65

55

49

57

54

Charlie Furbush

Mariners

76

NR

NR

NR

55

Jose Veras

Tigers

35

36

32

22

56

Jordan Walden

Braves

68

NR

NR

66

57

Chia-Jen Lo

Astros

362

NR

NR

NR

58

Antonio Bastardo

Phillies

77

NR

NR

65

59

Dale Thayer

Padres

150

NR

60

68

60

Kelvin Herrera

Royals

39

42

NR

NR

61

Darren O'Day

Orioles

67

NR

54

59

62

Robbie Ross

Rangers

100

NR

62

60

63

Cody Allen

Indians

116

NR

64

69

64

Blake Parker

Cubs

NR

NR

NR

70

65

J.J. Hoover

Reds

84

NR

66

NR

66

Dane De La Rosa

Angels

248

NR

NR

NR

67

James Russell

Cubs

144

59

67

63

68

Louis Coleman

Royals

175

NR

NR

NR

69

Oliver Perez

Mariners

196

NR

NR

53

70

Brian Wilson

Dodgers

42

43

48

NR

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