With the MLB playoffs fast approaching, baseball fans can feel the moment in the air: in the last game of a playoff series, bottom of the ninth, a team calls upon their closer to trot out from the bullpen and send the team rocketing toward the championship.
It’s a dream that many young baseball players have had, and—for a select few—it’s a dream that can become a reality this fall.
But who’s a contender and who’s a pretender?
We’re ranking each playoff contender’s closer from worst to first. These are real contenders—meaning only teams more than three games away from a postseason berth aren’t considered. And since all but the final playoff series are so short, the value of closing out just one game skyrockets in the postseason.
So who’s got the juice? Read on…