Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart (last updated June 15)
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: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he plans to ease Zach Britton, who was activated June 11, back into the closer's role in lower-pressure situations initially. Britton should reclaim the job before long, however. ... The Rays have been using a true closer-by-committee -- along with their fourth-and-fifth-starters-by-committee strategy -- that includes Chaz Roe, Sergio Romo and Jose Alvarado.
NOTES: Joakim Soria has recorded each of the White Sox's past five saves (through June 13), cementing his status as the team's closer. With Nate Jones (DL: arm) sidelined, Jace Fry will serve as Soria's primary setup man.
NOTES: It's anyone's guess who is Astros manager A.J. Hinch's choice to close games on any given night, as after Hector Rondon saved consecutive wins on June 9-10, Ken Giles got the save on June 12. Giles is probably still the odds-on-favorite to receive the majority of chances going forward, but Rondon, Chris Devenski and Brad Peacock could each still be considered as matchups dictate. ... Blake Parker has successfully converted each of his past four save opportunities and appears to be the Angels' go-to closer.
NOTES: With Jeurys Familia (DL: shoulder) sidelined, the Mets are using a combination of Robert Gsellman and Anthony Swarzak to close games. ... The Phillies are using a true closer-by-committee approach to finishing games, with Seranthony Dominguez, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia, Adam Morgan, Hector Neris and perhaps others all in consideration.
NOTES: The Padres have been mixing and matching their top two relievers by game situation, which might mean fewer saves for Brad Hand and more for Kirby Yates going forward. ... Mark Melancon has been activated by the Giants and will work in a setup capacity initially, though he could be in the mix for saves if he pitches well in the coming days.