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August Reliever Rankings

Monday, August 05, 2013


Here are the August reliever rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings you'll 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: Dropping off: Andrew Bailey (No. 26), Vinnie Pestano (No. 36), Francisco Rodriguez (No. 39), David Hernandez (No. 46), Bruce Rondon (No. 51), Hector Ambriz (No. 58), Drew Storen (No. 61), Tommy Hunter (No. 64), Al Alburquerque (No. 67)

 

  • I think Yoervis Medina will prove more reliable than Danny Farquhar and his magic cutter, but the Mariners seem to feel differently at the moment. It's worth noting that the team is currently being run by fill-in manager Robby Thompson, not Eric Wedge, and Wedge might change things up once he rejoins the club. Then again, it's doubtful that he'll mess with anything that's working. As for Tom Wilhelmsen, well, that the Mariners pulled him even though he was 7-for-7 in his save chances since regaining the closer's role shows absolutely zero confidence in him. Most likely, he's through earning saves this year.

 

  • Jose Cisnero was all lined up to replace the sure-to-be-traded Jose Veras in the closer's role for the Astros, but a bad week changed that in a hurry and then he took a blown save in the eighth inning in the Astros' first late-inning lead after Veras was dealt. The Astros may instead pin their hopes of Chia-Jen Lo, who returned from injury to post a 3.24 ERA and a 20/2 K/B ratio in 16 2/3 innings in the minors, but Lo also blew a save chance in the same game than Cisnero did. It might be best just to shy away from the whole situation for now. I'm not much of a fan of Cisnero, and I don't see anyone else at all likely to step up. I doubt they will, but the Astros' best bet might be to sign free agent Brandon Lyon and just hand him the closer's role.

 

  • Kevin Gregg finished July with a 5.79 ERA and an 8/13 K/BB ratio in 14 innings, so no one wanted to deal for him before the deadline. Maybe he'll fetch a lesser prospect later this month, but the Cubs won't be counting on it. I'm in favor of Pedro Strop getting a look in the closer's role in his place, yet it seems as though the Cubs intend to stick with Gregg unless he leaves them no other choice.

 

  • The Diamondbacks seem content to leave things as is, but with J.J. Putz working on a streak of 10 straight scoreless appearances, it'd make a lot of sense to put him back in the closer's role and free up Brad Ziegler to pitch earlier in games. Ziegler should be their go-to guy in the middle of innings with men on base.

 

 

RankRPTeam2013MayJuneJuly
1 Craig Kimbrel Braves 1 1 1 1
2 Aroldis Chapman Reds 2 2 2 2
3 Mariano Rivera Yankees 5 3 3 3
4 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 28 31 27 10
5 Jim Johnson Orioles 11 8 8 7
6 Edward Mujica Cardinals 88 23 13 13
7 Joe Nathan Rangers 8 7 9 8
8 Grant Balfour Athletics 22 16 12 12
9 Glen Perkins Twins 9 10 10 9
10 Greg Holland Royals 17 17 17 15
11 Fernando Rodney Rays 3 5 15 14
12 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 4 4 4 5
13 Koji Uehara Red Sox 59 52 50 31
14 Rafael Soriano Nationals 6 6 7 6
15 Chris Perez Indians 19 14 24 20
16 Addison Reed White Sox 10 9 6 11
17 Sergio Romo Giants 12 11 14 16
18 Huston Street Padres 13 20 25 24
19 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 40 37 36 25
20 Bobby Parnell Mets 23 22 16 19
21 Steve Cishek Marlins 21 26 37 29
22 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 25 21 18 17
23 Ernesto Frieri Angels 33 25 20 18
24 Mark Melancon Pirates 29 32 30 33
25 Jim Henderson Brewers 141 24 31 21
26 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 94 NR 68 62
27 Rex Brothers Rockies 52 46 28 28
28 Kevin Gregg Cubs 266 34 21 27
29 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks 15 19 NR 30
30 Jason Grilli Pirates 30 12 5 4
31 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 46 30 29 34
32 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 24 18 26 23
33 Danny Farquhar Mariners 384 NR NR NR
34 Pedro Strop Cubs 89 NR NR NR
35 David Robertson Yankees 53 56 44 41
36 Jake McGee Rays 44 NR 52 37
37 Yoervis Medina Mariners 458 NR NR 35
38 Tyler Clippard Nationals 56 NR 58 50
39 Ryan Cook Athletics 36 41 47 43
40 Jose Cisnero Astros 338 SP NR NR 55
41 Drew Smyly Tigers 151 SP 91 SP 105 SP 45
42 John Axford Brewers 7 39 46 48
43 Sean Doolittle Athletics 32 33 35 40
44 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 54 47 41 54
45 A.J. Ramos Marlins 57 44 43 44
46 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 90 NR 22 56
47 Joel Peralta Rays 70 NR 40 47
48 Luis Avilan Braves 79 NR 65 52
49 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners 16 13 11 32
50 Jesse Crain Rays 101 NR 55 42
51 Luke Gregerson Padres 69 48 39 49
52 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 131 NR 45 38
53 Jared Burton Twins 65 55 49 57
54 Charlie Furbush Mariners 76 NR NR NR
55 Jose Veras Tigers 35 36 32 22
56 Jordan Walden Braves 68 NR NR 66
57 Chia-Jen Lo Astros 362 NR NR NR
58 Antonio Bastardo Phillies 77 NR NR 65
59 Dale Thayer Padres 150 NR 60 68
60 Kelvin Herrera Royals 39 42 NR NR
61 Darren O'Day Orioles 67 NR 54 59
62 Robbie Ross Rangers 100 NR 62 60
63 Cody Allen Indians 116 NR 64 69
64 Blake Parker Cubs NR NR NR 70
65 J.J. Hoover Reds 84 NR 66 NR
66 Dane De La Rosa Angels 248 NR NR NR
67 James Russell Cubs 144 59 67 63
68 Louis Coleman Royals 175 NR NR NR
69 Oliver Perez Mariners 196 NR NR 53
70 Brian Wilson Dodgers 42 43 48 NR


Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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