by Brian Dorsey
|Eduardo Sanchez||Mark Melancon||Sergio Santos||Brandon League|
|Ryan Madson||Drew Storen||Matt Capps||J.J. Putz||Francisco Rodriguez|
|Vincente Padilla||Carlos Marmol||Mariano Rivera||Heath Bell||Brian Wilson||Jordan Walden|
|Kyle Farnsworth||Houston Street||Joakim Soria||Neftali Feliz||Jose Valerde||Kevin Gregg|
|Jonathan Papelbon||Craig Kimbrel||Chris Perez||Francisco Cordero||Brian Fuentes|
|Frank Francisco||Leo Nunez||John Axford||Joel Hanrahan|
Notes: You’ll notice more closers moving away from the Danger category and into the Solid or Trusted areas. As the season progresses, the more rounded out everything tends to get. In fact, one of the only reasons there are still so many Danger closers is due to injured pitchers behind them waiting to be activated (Brad Lidge, Andrew Bailey, David Aardsma, Brandon Lyon, and Jonathan Broxton).
We lost a few closers, too. Gone are Sean Burnett (taken over by Drew Storen), Joe Nathan (Matt Capps), Ryan Franklin (Eduardo Sanchez), Matt Thorton (Sergio Santos), and John Rauch (Frank Francisco). I don’t think any of those guys get their gigs back either. That’s not to say the guys in the closer role right now will stick for the rest of the year, but they would probably have to be taken over by someone other than their predecessors.