Closer Report: All-Star Edition (Jul. 15th)

Wagner has been huge for the first place Braves.

Many players have received an A thus far, but who actually deserves the grade and who was a one-week fluke? We look into this question, and search for some answers. While some answers are obvious, others need to be researched a little further. Here is the midseason Closer Report from FBS.

Grade A

Billy Wagner (Mets): When he isn’t saving games, he is winning them. (5-0, 20 SV, 56 K, 1.21 ERA, 0.86 WHIP)

Mariano Rivera (Yankees): Rivera is always an A student, his second lowest ERA of all closers is proof of that. (2-1, 20 SV, 33 K, 1.05 ERA, .64 WHIP)

Heath Bell (Padres): The Padres have the best pitching across the board statistically, and it is only fitting that their closer follow suit. (4-0, 24 SV, 50 K, 1.88 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)

Rafael Soriano (Rays): He doesn’t get the most strikeouts at the closer position, but his 23 saves and only one blown save are pretty good too. (2-0, 23 SV, 29 K, 1.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP)

Jose Valverde (Tigers): The lowest ERA of any closer and only one blown save. Valverde is for real! (1-1, 19 SV, 36 K, 0.92 ERA, 0.82 WHIP)

Grade B

Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers): He has the second most K’s of all the closers in baseball. (3-0, 19 SV, 55 K, 2.11 ERA, 1.07 WHIP)

Brian Wilson (Giants): Wilson has a potent staff in front of him, and an excellent fastball to secure the W for them. (2-0, 23 SV, 50 K, 1.91 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)

Joakim Soria (Royals): Soria has the most saves in baseball this season. His ERA being above two keeps him from an A grade. (0-1, 25 SV, 43 K, 2.31 ERA, 1.14 WHIP)

Francisco Rodriguez (Mets): K-Rod is benefitting from playing on a good Mets team…finally! (2-2, 21 SV, 53 K, 2.45 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)

Carlos Marmol (Cubs): For my money, I wouldn’t want to watch any other closer in baseball (2-1, 16 SV, 78 K, 2.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)

Grade C

Leo Nunez (Marlins): Strong start, but has been falling off lately. (3-2, 20 SV, 37 K, 2.95 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)


Feliz is still one of the better closers in the league.

Neftali Feliz (Rangers):

If it wasn’t for Feliz’s ERA sky rocketing, it would be a no-brainer to give him at least a B. (102, 23 SV, 42 K, 3.82 ERA, 1.06 WHIP)

Matt Capps (Nationals): Capps was at the top for a while, but either way his WHIP is way too high. (3-3, 23 SV, 33 K, 3.18 ERA, 1.41 WHIP)

Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox): Plain and simple, he just hasn’t been himself. (3-3, 20 SV, 31 K, 3.50, 1.11 WHIP)

Jon Rauch (Twins): Like Capps, Rauch was off to a hot start, but has struggled as of late. (2-1, 20 SV, 25 K, 2.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)

Andrew Bailey (Oakland): Not an elite closer, but every bit as solid as the next guy. (0-3, 18 SV, 27 K, 1.70 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)

Matt Lindstrom (Astros): Lindstrom would have far more saves if he played on just about any other team. (2-1, 21 SV, 31 K, 2.80 ERA, 1.53 WHIP)

Ryan Franklin (Cardinals): Franklin is solid all around, just not as special as fans would like. (3-1, 16 SV, 20 K, 3.63 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)

Kevin Gregg (Blue Jays): Gregg is one of the most all-or-nothing closers in the game. Either he goes one-two-three or gives up three runs. (0-3, 20 SV, 37 K, 3.67 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)

Grade D

Francisco Cordero (Reds): Cordero has the most blown saves of all closers with six. (3-3, 24 SV, 34 K, 4.20 ERA, 1.55 WHIP)

Octavio Dotel (Pirates): Dotel is right behind Francisco Cordero with five blown saves.(2-2, 19 SV, 42 K, 4.89 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)

Brian Fuentes (Angels): I beg you to pick up Fernando Rodney if you have Fuentes. (3-1, 16 SV, 29 K, 4.26 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)

Bobby Jenks (White Sox): Jenks should have lost his job to Thornoton, (1-1, 19 SV, 39 K, 3.86 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)

John Axford (Brewers): Axford receives a D here, but imagine if he came up earlier? (5-1, 10 SV, 32 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)

Alfredo Simon (Orioles): Simon receives a D, but he plays for the Orioles─ not bad. (2-1, 13 SV, 20 K, 3.24 ERA, 1.48 WHIP)

David Aardsma (Mariners): Aardsma started the season like he finished last year. Now he has a D and his best days are probably behind him. (0-6, 16 SV, 28 K, 5.40 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)

Grade F

Brad Lidge (Phillies): I’ll be honest, Lidge is here mainly due to his injuries but his team needs him. He needs to man up and stay in the lineup. (1-0, 6 SV, 21 K, 4.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

Kerry Wood (Indians): The highest ERA of any major league closer this season. Wood seems destined for an early end to his season as the closer. Chris Perez isn’t too much better better has seven saves already this season. (1-4, 8 SV, 18 K, 6.30 ERA, 1.60 WHIP)

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One Response to “Closer Report: All-Star Edition (Jul. 15th)”

  1. joe says:

    Rauch’s last 10 appearances he has an era of 1.6, which is not all that bad…he has also for the 1st half of this year pitched in 14, 1 run saves. He did blow 2 of these saves but came back in for another inning and picked up the win. There is NO closer that is even close to Rauch’s 14, 1 run save opportunities.

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