May Reliever Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
Matthew Pouliot breaks down the May relief pitcher rankings

May Reliever Rankings

Matthew Pouliot breaks down the May relief pitcher rankings

Welcome to the May reliever rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll soon 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: Jason Motte (No. 18), Mitchell Boggs (No. 34), Sergio Santos (No. 38), Jake McGee (No. 44), Phil Coke (No. 45), Tyler Clippard (No. 56), Frank Francisco (No. 58), George Kontos (No. 60)

  • Axford was likely a couple of good appearances away from getting another shot in the closer's role until giving up four runs on May 1. Now, that outing was hardly all his fault -- the homer he allowed came on a pretty good pitch -- but he lost the benefit of the doubt over the course of his awful first 10 days. Now it seems clear that the Brewers job belongs to Henderson until he does something to let it slip away. I'm not all that high on him, but there's no arguing with his numbers so far.

  • I would have ranked Hanrahan above Bailey even if not for Bailey's little biceps problem last week, though I would have been a bit more nervous about it then. I had Hanrahan with the sixth best ERA in the Boston pen this year, so it's not as though I think he's the team's best reliever. However, I do believe everything sets up better with him in the ninth. Bailey and Uehara both need to be handled carefully, and Hanrahan's wildness is problematic in a setup role, since you don't want him coming in with men on base very often.

  • Rosenthal has fanned 12 while allowing two runs -- one earned -- in his last 7 1/3 innings of work. With a lights out first two weeks, he probably would have gotten a crack at closing duties over Mujica in St. Louis. Mujica hasn't had any missteps yet, but given that he's allowed a homer for every seven innings of work in his career, he doesn't make for an ideal closer. As for Carlos Martinez, I did give a little thought to putting him in the top 60, but I thought it was a bit too early for that. He certainly has the stuff to make a big impact in a setup role if his command holds up.

Rank

Relief Pitcher

Team

2013

1

Craig Kimbrel

Braves

1

2

Aroldis Chapman

Reds

2

3

Mariano Rivera

Yankees

5

4

Jonathan Papelbon

Phillies

4

5

Fernando Rodney

Rays

3

6

Rafael Soriano

Nationals

6

7

Joe Nathan

Rangers

8

8

Jim Johnson

Orioles

11

9

Addison Reed

White Sox

10

10

Glen Perkins

Twins

9

11

Sergio Romo

Giants

12

12

Jason Grilli

Pirates

30

13

Tom Wilhelmsen

Mariners

16

14

Chris Perez

Indians

19

15

Brandon League

Dodgers

20

16

Grant Balfour

Athletics

22

17

Greg Holland

Royals

17

18

Rafael Betancourt

Rockies

24

19

J.J. Putz

Diamondbacks

15

20

Huston Street

Padres

13

21

Casey Janssen

Blue Jays

25

22

Bobby Parnell

Mets

23

23

Edward Mujica

Cardinals

88

24

Jim Henderson

Brewers

141

25

Ernesto Frieri

Angels

33

26

Steve Cishek

Marlins

21

27

Joel Hanrahan

Red Sox

14

28

Jose Valverde

Tigers

64

29

Andrew Bailey

Red Sox

63

30

Trevor Rosenthal

Cardinals

46

31

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers

28

32

Mark Melancon

Pirates

29

33

Sean Doolittle

Athletics

32

34

Kevin Gregg

Cubs

266

35

Ryan Madson

Angels

26

36

Jose Veras

Astros

35

37

Joaquin Benoit

Tigers

40

38

Kyuji Fujikawa

Cubs

27

39

John Axford

Brewers

7

40

Al Alburquerque

Tigers

37

41

Ryan Cook

Athletics

36

42

Kelvin Herrera

Royals

39

43

Brian Wilson

 

42

44

A.J. Ramos

Marlins

57

45

Santiago Casilla

Giants

49

46

Rex Brothers

Rockies

52

47

Junichi Tazawa

Red Sox

54

48

Luke Gregerson

Padres

69

49

David Hernandez

Diamondbacks

43

50

Carter Capps

Mariners

51

51

Vinnie Pestano

Indians

48

52

Koji Uehara

Red Sox

59

53

Carlos Marmol

Cubs

31

54

Drew Storen

Nationals

41

55

Jared Burton

Twins

65

56

David Robertson

Yankees

53

57

Aaron Crow

Royals

55

58

Bruce Rondon

Tigers

47

59

James Russell

Cubs

144

60

Sean Marshall

Reds

50

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