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May 28, 2014

Closer to Me

Week Nine

by Mauricio Rubio


Before we get into the unfortunate stuff, let’s go back to the preseason and check in on the top five closers, as ranked by Paul Sporer.

Craig Kimbrel
Kimbrel is dominating as he boasts a 1.96 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He had a few health scares, but he’s shown very few ill effects. He’s got a 5.14 K:BB ratio and is striking out 47.4 percent of batters faced.

Aroldis Chapman
C
hapman took a line drive to the face, which resulted in an extended DL stint. He’s done fine in a very small sample. He’s faced 27 batters and has struck out 12 of them.

Kenley Jansen
The Dodger reliever had a meltdown outing on May 11 and was just okay in his appearances before then. The strikeouts are there, which is very nice, but he’s been uneven and is just now riding a hot streak in the wake of the disaster outing.

Greg Holland
He’s been rock solid in Kansas City with only one blown save to his name and a 36 percent strikeout rate compared to an 8 percent walk rate.

Trevor Rosenthal
He’s been scuffling all year and is just now on a hot streak as the closer. Rosenthal’s outings have been uneven at best, and he’s been by far the most mystifying closer in the preseason top five.

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