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Orioles’ Brad Brach is the Closer Again

George Kurtz Staff Writer September 26, 2017 10:10PM EST

With the 2017 MLB regular season just days away from ending, this will be the last Closer Report until next year. It’s been another crazy season for closers and, hopefully, we have learned that spending a high draft pick or a significant amount of your auction budget on a closer just isn’t worth it. It didn’t matter if it was a top end closer or one with minimal job security, their job wasn’t safe. Once again, more than half the closers with the job on Opening Day lost their jobs for one reason or another by the All-Star break. This is a continual theme season after season. One thing is for sure; it’s never boring in the ninth inning. It’s been a fun ride and we will be back in February for the start of the 2018 MLB season. Good luck to all of those who are competing to win their league’s title this week and congratulations to all that have already won.

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Brad Brach is back as the Orioles closer since the injury to Zach Britton. AP Photo/Nick Wass

Baltimore Orioles: Zach Britton and Aroldis Chapman may be the poster children for why you should be very careful when it comes to drafting closers. They both entered the season as Top 5 closers but neither has performed up to expectations, thanks to injuries and subpar performances. Chapman has his job back and looks back to normal, but Britton has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to a sprained knee. Brad Brach could notch another save or two this week.

Kansas City Royals: Joakim Soria has returned from his oblique injury but it doesn’t look like he will garner any save chances even though the Royals have gone with a committee approach to the ninth inning. Kelvin Herrera struggled mightily in September. Perhaps the long season caught up with him. Scott Alexander seems to be heading that committee but at this point that matters very little.

New York Mets: Although there haven’t been any announcements, it looks like Jeurys Familia has taken back his closer job from A.J. Ramos. It’s not that Ramos has done anything wrong, it’s just that Familia is expected to close for the Mets next season. They seem to feel he is throwing the ball well and wanted to return him to the role as soon as possible, even if it is the last week of the regular season. Hey, it’s the Mets. This is an organization that thought it was imperative that Noah Syndergaard start a game in the majors before the season concluded as well.

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TeamCloserBullpenDeep PotentialDLTop Hold Reliever
ARIFernando RodneyArchie Bradley/David HernandezArchie BradleyRandall DelgadoArchie Bradley
ATLArodys VizcainoJose Ramirez/Jim Johnson/Jason MotteMauricio CabreraJim Johnson
BALBrad BrachMychal Givens/Brad BrachZach BrittonDarren O' Day
BOSCraig KimbrelMatt Barnes/Heath Hembree/Addison Reed/Joe KellyTyler ThornburgAddison Reed
CHCWade DavisCarl Edwards/Pedro Strop/Hector Rondon/Koji Uehara/Justin WilsonCarl EdwardsJustin Wilson
CHWJuan MinayaChris Beck/Jake Petricka/Gregory Infante/Danny FarquharNate JonesJake Petricka
CINRaisel IglesiasDrew Storen/Michael Lorenzen/Blake Wood/Wandy PeraltaDrew Storen
CLECody AllenBryan Shaw/Zach McAllister/Dan Otero/Nick Goody/Joe Smith/Andrew MillerAndrew Miller
COLGreg HollandAdam Ottavino/Pat Neshek/Jake McGeePat Neshek
DETShane GreenAlex Wilson/Joe Jimenez/Bruce RondonJoe JimenezAlex Wilson
HOUKen GilesLuke Gregerson/Chris Devenski/Tyler Clippard/Will HarrisLuke Gregerson
KCScott AlexanderBrandon Maurer/Mike Minor/Kelvn Herrera/Scott Alexaner/Joakim SoriaBrandon Maurer
LAABlake ParkerKenyan Middleton/Cam Bedrosian/Bud Norris/Yusmeiro PetitKenyan MiddletonHuston Street/Andrew BaileyCam Bedrosian
LADKenley JansenTony Watson/Pedro Baez/Josh Fields/Tony CingraniTony Watson
MIAKyle BarracloughJunicha Tazawa/Brad ZieglerKyle BarracloughBrad Ziegler
MILCorey KnebelJacob Barnes/Jared Hughes/Anthony Swarzak/Jeremy JeffressJacob BarnesAnthony Swarzak
MINMatt BelisleRyan Pressly/Taylor Rogers/Tyler Duffey/Glen PerkinsTaylor Rogers
NYMJeurys FamiliaHansel Robles/Erik Goeddel/Fernando Salas/Jerry Blevins/A.J RamosA.J. Ramos
NYYAroldis ChapmanDellin Betances/Adam Warren/Chad Green/David Robertson/Tommy KahnleDellin Betances
OAKBlake TreinenSantiago Casilla/Liam Hendricks/Ryan Dull/Chris HatcherSantiago Casilla
PHIHector NerisLuis Garcia/Adam MorganLuis Garcia
PITFelipe RiveroDaniel Hudson/Joaquin BenoitDaniel Hudson
STLJuan NicasioKevin Siegrist/Matt Bowman/Brett Cecil/Seung Hwan OhMatt BowmanTrevor RosenthalBrett Cecil
SDBrad HandRyan Buchter/Kirby Yates/Phil Maton/Carter CappsCarter CappsKirby Yates
SFSam DysonHunter Strickland/George KontosDerek LawMark MelanconHunter Strickland
SEAEdwin DiazNick Vincent/Marc Rzepczynski/David PhelpsShae SimmonsTony ZychNick Vincent
TBAlex ColomeSteve Cishek/Ryan Stanek/Brad Boxberger/Tommy Hunter/Dan Jennnigs/Sergio RomoXavier CedenoBrad Boxberger
TEXAlex ClaudioJose Leclerc/Jason Grilli/Keone Kela/Matt Bush/Jake DiekmanKeone Kela
TORRoberto OsunaDanny Barnes/Ryan TeperaJoe BiaginiDanny Barnes
WSHSean DoolittleSammy Solis/Enny Romero/Matt Albers/Shawn Kelley/Brandon Kintzler/Ryan MadsonKoda GloverBrandon Kintzler

 

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