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May Reliever Rankings

Monday, May 05, 2014


Welcome to the May 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 is an updated top 300 list.

 

Click to see other May rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

 

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Relief pitcher rankings

 

MayRPTeam2014
1 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 1
2 Craig Kimbrel Braves 2
3 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 3
4 Greg Holland Royals 4
5 Glen Perkins Twins 6
6 Joe Nathan Tigers 7
7 Francisco Rodriguez Brewers 56
8 David Robertson Yankees 10
9 Aroldis Chapman Reds 13
10 Koji Uehara Red Sox 5
11 Sergio Romo Giants 11
12 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 15
13 Rafael Soriano Nationals 20
14 Joakim Soria Rangers 18
15 Steve Cishek Marlins 17
16 Addison Reed Diamondbacks 12
17 Ernesto Frieri Angels 8
18 Tommy Hunter Orioles 24
19 Jim Johnson Athletics 9
20 Fernando Rodney Mariners 19
21 Grant Balfour Rays 16
22 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 25
23 Huston Street Padres 29
24 John Axford Indians 28
25 Jason Grilli Pirates 14
26 LaTroy Hawkins Rockies 33
27 Hector Rondon Cubs 169
28 Mark Melancon Pirates 36
29 Matt Lindstrom White Sox 153
30 Joaquin Benoit Padres 27
31 Cody Allen Indians 30
32 Daisuke Matsuzaka Mets 183 SP
33 Danny Farquhar Mariners 61
34 Pedro Strop Cubs 38
35 Jesse Crain Astros 32
36 Daniel Webb White Sox 40
37 Jake McGee Rays 39
38 Sean Doolittle Athletics 44
39 Joe Smith Angels 100
40 Kyle Farnsworth Mets 203
41 A.J. Ramos Marlins 43
42 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 48
43 Luke Gregerson Athletics 80
44 Chad Qualls Astros 37
45 Rex Brothers Rockies 31
46 Wade Davis Royals 50
47 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 41
48 Will Smith Brewers 73
49 Tyler Clippard Nationals 42
50 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 121
51 Sam LeCure Reds 51
52 Chris Withrow Dodgers 67
53 Ryan Cook Athletics 68
54 Nick Vincent Padres 59
55 Joel Peralta Rays 54
56 Darren O'Day Orioles 47
57 Alex Torres Padres 52
58 Drew Storen Nationals 65
59 Sergio Santos Blue Jays 34
60 Josh Fields Astros 58
61 Danny Otero Athletics 74
62 Jean Machi Giants 72
63 Jason Motte Cardinals 71
64 Santiago Casilla Giants 70
65 Jonathan Broxton Reds 63
66 Jordan Walden Braves 90
67 Kelvin Herrera Royals 46
68 Brandon Kintzler Brewers 69
69 Craig Stammen Nationals 53
70 Tony Watson Pirates 95
71 Shawn Kelley Yankees 106
72 Gonzalez Germen Mets 119
73 David Carpenter Braves 82
74 Nate Jones White Sox 23
75 Aaron Crow Royals 81
76 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 60
77 Edward Mujica Red Sox 49
78 Anthony Bass Astros 211
79 Jose Veras Cubs 26
80 Steve Delabar Blue Jays 76

 

Dropping off (from top 60): Jim Henderson (21st), Bobby Parnell (22nd), J.J. Hoover (35th), Neftali Feliz (45th), Paco Rodriguez (55th), Brian Wilson (57th)

 

  • Johnson’s 1 2/3 scoreless innings for a win Sunday against the Red Sox was another big step in the right direction for him. It’s a good bet that he’ll resume getting save chances this week.

 

  • Frieri should be in a similar boat: he hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk in 4 2/3 innings since losing his gig in Anaheim. Joe Smith has done nothing wrong since replacing him, but the Angels would surely rather have Frieri closing out games if he’s gotten things turned around.

 

  • The Mets say Farnsworth is still the closer for the moment, but Matsuzaka looks like the better option among the vets. He ranks highest here, coming in eight spots above Farnsworth. Germen also cracks the top 80 as the most interesting youngster in the Mets pen. There’s been some speculation about moving Jenrry Mejia back to the pen and perhaps seeing what he can do late in games, but I hope they don’t go that route.

 

  • Following Santos’s implosion, Cecil rates as the favorite for saves in Toronto’s pen. Fortunately, Janssen’s return from an oblique strain might be just 10-14 days away.

 

  • The rehabbing Joel Hanrahan picked the Tigers over teams that would have given him the chance to close following his return from Tommy John surgery, so he doesn’t crack the top 80 here.


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 at matthewpouliot.
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