I am always a day late and a buck short on the posts because I am relegated to be the Saturday morning cartoon of the Razzball variety.  No worries, I mean, who doesn’t love 80’s cartoons and can’t list 10 shows that would drastically alter children’s universes today?  One word… Snorks.  So with everyone else doing the second-half rankings, I felt it was my duty to give the closer rankings based solely on the second games remaining.  The elite will still be the elite, the mediocre are still mediocre, and the middling teams will still be middling. I don’t care what algorithm Jimmy Bill came up with to have expected win totals and blah blah.  Expected win totals are an indicator of save expectations. because the percent of saves converted in wins by teams has been pretty stagnant at 52%, give or take a few sheckles each way.  So looking at the games remaining, some teams have less games to play then others, and some have more so the expected totals for some teams will be different then what you would expect them to be.  So as a wise person once said to me in throws of fantasy passion, lets have at it.  Cheers!

1. Kenley Jansen

2. David Robertson

3. Zach Britton

4. Jonathan Papelbon

5. Jeurys Familia

6. Cody Allen

7. Mark Melancon

8. Aroldis Chapman

  • These are the good-type guys.  All on elite teams with decent enough starting pitching and no threat to their closing jobs.
  • Chapman, if he gets traded, will be the closer of that team, barring a trade to the Dodgers.

9. Sam Dyson

10. Wade Davis

11. A.J. Ramos

12. Francisco Rodriguez

13. Steve Cishek

14. Will Harris

15. Seung-hwan Oh

16. Andrew Miller

17. Santiago Casilla

  • I would fully invest in this group if I was looking for a saves trade to augment my roster.
  • Davis should be back shortly, and he will be the pitcher he was and is.
  • Oh, and Cishek have great odds at win expectancy the rest of the way.  A trade by either team kills their value of course, but I can see them being near the top of the saves leaders from here on out.
  • Miller gets the gig if/when Chapman gets traded.  Making him the best non-closer to be a future closer in this list.

18. Hector Rondon

19. Craig Kimbrel

20. Alex Colome

21. Roberto Osuna

22. Ryan Madson

23. Huston Street

24. Arodys Vizcaino

25. Jeanmar Gomez

26. Jeremy Jeffress

  • Rondon is way down in cumulative save totals and I think the Cubs improve that situation via trade.
  • The Red Sox will get Kimbrel back eventually, and he will do his best to get you 10-15 saves the rest of the year.
  • Osuna and the Blue Jays are a complete conundrum and their save situations are lower then they should be because they score runs.  They also have played 91 games, a few more then others.
  • This group is littered with potential, now, closers to be traded and not be…

27. Koji Uehara

28. Carlos Estevez

29. Kelvin Herrera

30. Tyler Clippard

31. Brandon Maurer

32. Tony Cingrani

33. Dellin Betances

34. Ryan Dull

35. Daniel Hudson

36. Brandon Kintzler

37. Cam Bedrosian

38. Mauricio Cabrera

39. Tyler Thornburg

40. Fernando Rodney

  • Fill-in closers for now, maybe quantity guys for non-contenders.
  • Betances is here because in case the Yankees go full sell.
  • Bedrosian, Thornburg, and Cabrera are my guys to look at if speculating the saves trade game.