|The Closer Closer Power Rankings|
Every two weeks throughout the baseball season, The Closer Report will provide the Closer Report Power Rankings.
These power rankings are not based on a closer's legacy, name, or team. It's based on a formula that considers the pitchers historical stats, current stats, reliability, injury and more importantly what the closer is doing recently.
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|Last Updated 5/8/2011|
|Rank||Closer - Stats (Saves-Wins-ERA-WHIP-K)|
Mariano Rivera, Yankees (12-1-1.72-0.83-13)
Over the past two weeks, the Yankee closer added five saves, throwing five innings of one hit ball. He has been absolutely outstanding in 2011 and has done it without be overused at this point.
Brian Wilson, Giants (11-2-4.70-1.37-19)
He also added a pair of wins to his already impressive numbers. His inflated numbers also plunged like the 1999 stock market.
Huston Street, Rockies (11-0-3.06-1.19-20)
Street finally blew his first save after 11 straight to open the season. He also is one of two closers with 20 Ks and is the only closer with 10+ saves and 20 Ks so far this season.
Leo Nunez, Marlins (11-0-2.70-1.20-17)
Maybe you don't like Nunez as a closer, but the numbers don't lie. He is 11/11 in saves with 17 Ks. He was 5/5 since the last rankings and is one of four closers with 11+ saves.
Craig Kimbrel, Braves (8-0-1.72-1.02-22)
He leads the league with 22 Ks and batters are hitting .163 against him. Kimbrel is quickly becoming a premiere closer.
Carlos Marmol, Cubs (8-1-1.72-1.09-19)
He notched three more saves since the last ranking and lowered all his numbers. His strikeouts (19) are low, but his fantasy owners have to be happy at this point.
Francisco Rodriguez, Mets (9-1-1.17-1.70-19)
His BB/9 is still way high and his WHIP is in orbit, but the Mets closer is getting back to his old self.
Chris Perez, Indians (10-1-3.00-1.13-9)
His overall numbers aren't lights out, but he has been closing the door as good as anyone in MLB.
Joel Hanrahan, Pirates (10-0-1.50-1.33-8)
His WHIP is still a concern, but he's getting the job done.
Heath Bell, Padres (8-1-1.29-1.07-12)
His emotion carries him and he's looking at another 40 save season.
Drew Storen, Nationals (7-2-0.48-0.86-14)
He has the best WHIPERA of any closer this year at 1.34.
Jose Valverde, Detroit (7-2-1.84-1.16-15)
He is a perfect 7/7 in saves, but has yet to really get on a good pace with the Tigers.
Brandon League, Mariners (9-0-3.77-0.98-10)
His ERA reflects the three-run loss on Sunday, but his WHIP is still below 1.00. He's a top flight closer and should remain closer after Aardsma returns.
Brian Fuentes, Athletics (9-0-4.42-1.20-5)
We expected the high ERA, but 9/11 in saves is more than acceptable and he still has two-to-three weeks of closing before Bailey is back.
Kyle Farnsworth, Rays (7-1-0.75-0.83-6)
One of the more under-utilized closers in the league, he has only recorded 11.2 innings of work. Only one ER so far in the season.
J.J. Putz, Diamondbacks (7-0-2.77-1.00-12)
He had a few tough outings in lat April, but came back strong with two saves. Putz is on pace for a great season.
Francisco Cordero, Reds (6-2-2.30-1.02-11)
So far, he is 6/7 on the season, but his overall numbers show he still has what it takes to close out games.
Jordan Walden, Angels(6-0-2.20-1.16-15)
His 100 MPH fastball and 87 MPH change-up has kept hitters off-balance.
Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox (5-1-2.70-0.98-18)
He did get a win, but expect more from Paps once the Red Sox get hot.
Joakim Soria, Royals (6-2-3.95-1.32-9)
It hasn't been the season Soria owners wanted to see, but like other slow starting closers, he is getting back.
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