Top 10 Closers

K Zone Master Ranking Mike’s Ranking Ian’s Ranking Mojo’s Ranking
 1) Kenley Jansen (LAD)  Kenley Jansen (LAD)  Kenley Jansen (LAD)  Kenley Jansen (LAD)
 2) Aroldis Chapman (NYY)  Aroldis Chapman (NYY)  Aroldis Chapman (NYY)  Zach Britton (BAL)
 3) Zach Britton (BAL)  Mark Melancon (SF)  Zach Britton (BAL)  Aroldis Chapman (NYY)
 4) Mark Melancon (SF)  Zach Britton (BAL)  Wade Davis  (CHC)  Mark Melancon (SF)
 5) Wade Davis (CHC)  Wade Davis (KC)  Seung-Hwan Oh (STL)  Wade Davis (CHC)
 6) Seung-Hwan Oh  Craig Kimbrel (BOS)  Mark Melancon (SF)  Cody Allen (CLE)
 7) Alex Colome (TB)  Seung-Hwan Oh (STL)  Alex Colome (TB)  Alex Colome (TB)
 8) Cody Allen (CLE)  Jeanmar Gomez (PHI)  Edwin Diaz (SEA)  Roberto Osuna (TOR)
 9) Roberto Osuna (TOR)  Sam Dyson (TEX)  Cody Allen (CLE)  Seung Hwan Oh (STL)
 10) Craig Kimbrel (BOS)  Roberto Osuna (TOR)  Roberto Osuna (TOR)  Edwin Diaz (SEA)

Some Brief Words of Explanation: If this offseason has proven anything, the power closer is on the rise in MLB. Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon each recived mega-deals. Batting lineups used to make strong efforts to get into the bullpen. Today, hitters fear the ninth inning man far more than the starter. Kenley Jansen has risen to #1 on the list, with a sub-two ERA and even lower FIP, with 104 strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman also completed the season with over 14 K/9 and a 1.55/1.42/1.92 ERA/FIP/xFIP, and ranked second. Many though Orioles closer Zach Britton should have been considered for the AL Cy Young last year. The devastating sinkerballer finished with a 0.54 ERA, 80% groundball rate, and only a single home run allowed the whole season. Mark Melancon, the offseason’s third winner on this list, completed the season with a 5.42 K:BB and 1.64 ERA. He stands at #4. Wade Davis suffered some arm issues, but still put together 43 innings of 1.87 ERA ball, bringing his 3-year average to 1.27, placing him just behind Melancon. In most other years, Seung-Hwam Oh would earn Rookie of the Year consideration, after “The Final Boss” earned the closer role and put together almost 80 innings of 2.13 FIP ball. Another recently named closer, Alex Colome produced a season of 1.91 ERA, 4.73 K:BB, and a ranking as seventh best closer for his Rays. Cody Allen has been sneaky productive for his Indians, and goes on this list along with his two bullpen teammates on Top 10 Middle Relievers. He’s struck out 11 hitters per nine three seasons in a row, and contributes to what one can expect to be a historic bullpen. Roberto Osuna’s 5.86 K:BB brings the youngster to the #9 rank. Finally, Craig Kimbrel manages to stay on the list, just barely at 10th, thanks to Mike’s optimism. Kimbrel used to strike out 16 or 17 per nine, with a near or sub-one ERA, but he finished last year with a 3.40 ERA and over 5 BB/9, despite still striking out 38%. Breakout closer Edwin Diaz just missed the list, after achieving 15 K/9 and 5.87 K:BB in 51 innings. With another year of success, he can expect to make this list in 365 days.

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