September Reliever RankingsTuesday, September 03, 2013
Here are the September 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: Rafael Betancourt (No. 32), Jose Cisnero (No. 40), Tom Wilhelmsen (No. 49), Jesse Crain (No. 50), Antonio Bastardo (No. 58), Dale Thayer (No. 59), James Russell (No. 67), Oliver Perez (No. 69), Brian Wilson (No. 70)
- Barring a setback, Jason Grilli (forearm) will likely come off the DL on Friday and should get the closer's role back in Pittsburgh, though the Pirates won't be able to show much patience if he struggles out of the gate. Mark Melancon hasn't skipped a beat since moving from the eighth to the ninth, and he needs to be held on to just in case Grilli can't pull off a successful return.
- It probably won't happen unless Brad Ziegler experiences another misstep, but I think the Diamondbacks should go to J.J. Putz in the closer's role once he comes off the DL later this week. Not that Ziegler has done a whole lot of closing lately anyway; he's blown his only two save chances in the last three weeks. Oddly enough, he has four wins since picking up his last save on Aug. 7.
- Bobby Parnell is looking pretty iffy to return from a herniated disc in mid-September, so LaTroy Hawkins joins the rankings at No. 30. He had an ugly outing in a game the Mets were already losing last week, but he's 6-for-7 in his save chances since taking over for Parnell.