Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart (last updated May 22)
The chart below breaks down all 30 major-league teams' bullpens in terms of relievers' proximity to the closer role, not their overall fantasy value. Teams are broken down by division.
"CLOSER" is either that team's officially designated closer, or the pitcher most likely to get the team's next save chance. "NEXT IN LINE" is the pitcher next-most likely to take over if something happens to the closer, or the one who might get any save chances on the closer's nights off. "NOTES" beneath each division's chart provide detail on teams' closer situations that might have an unusual wrinkle, like an injury to the typical closer requiring a short term fill-in, or a committee situation.
NOTES: With Darren O'Day (DL: elbow) sidelined, Brad Brach once again appears the Orioles' closer. ... Roberto Osuna has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with the joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. In his absence, the Blue Jays have given Tyler Clippard both of their two save chances (through May 20).
NOTES: WIth Keynan Middleton (DL: elbow) sidelined, the Angels will choose from Justin Anderson, Cam Bedrosian, Jim Johnson and Blake Parker to close games. Anderson, Johnson and Parker all have saves for the team since May 10.
NOTES: Braves manager Brian Snitker said he might use A.J. Minter or Dan Winkler for save chances in the near future, but then used Arodys Vizcaino to (successfully) close the May 16 game. ... Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has hinted he'll use a bullpen without roles, with Seranthony Dominguez, Luis Garcia and Tommy Hunter joining the two above as closer candidates.
NOTES: Corey Knebel, on May 21, earned his first save since returning from the DL. He's still being eased into the role but should be getting most opportunities moving forward. ... Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said May 15 that he has demoted primary setup man George Kontos and will mix and match there with Michael Feliz, Edgar Santana, Kyle Crick and Richard Rodriguez.
NOTES: Kenley Jansen's velocity has improved in recent outings. ... Hunter Strickland has been effective in the closer role for the Giants and might have earned the right to keep the job even when Mark Melancon (DL: forearm) returns. Melancon has resumed throwing bullpen sessions and is eligible to be activated May 25.