Rank 'Em: Contender Closers

Created: August 19, 2009, 2:49 PM

Does anyone rank ahead of Mariano Rivera?

How do you rank the closers on MLB's contending teams, SportsNation?

As baseball heads toward the final month of the regular season and inevitable postseason drama to follow, the pitchers anchoring each contending team's bullpen become more and more visible. Some, like Mariano Rivera, have been at this for years, but names like J.P. Howell, Leo Nunez and Frank Francisco aren't as familiar to many casual fans.

Scroll over each closer's logo below to see the key statistics and then rank whom you would trust with the ball in the ninth inning. Go to the blog.


 
 
  • Jonathan Broxton
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    26 saves
    7-1, 3.05 ERA
    83 K, 24 BB, 56 IP
  • Frank Francisco
    Texas Rangers
    18 saves
    2-2, 3.44 ERA
    40 K, 8 BB, 34 IP
  • Ryan Franklin
    St. Louis Cardinals
    30 saves
    2-1, 1.13 ERA
    31 K, 10 BB, 47.2 IP
  • Brian Fuentes
    Los Angeles Angels
    35 saves
    1-3, 4.10 ERA
    39 K, 14 BB, 41.2 IP
  • J.P. Howell
    Tampa Bay Rays
    14 saves
    6-3, 2.18 ERA
    69 K, 22 BB, 57.2 IP
  • Bobby Jenks
    Chicago White Sox
    26 saves
    2-4, 3.74 ERA
    41 K, 11 BB, 43.1 IP
  • Brad Lidge
    Philadelphia Phillies
    23 saves
    0-5, 7.21 ERA
    46 K, 28 BB, 43.2 IP
  • Carlos Marmol
    Chicago Cubs
    4 saves
    2-2, 3.51 ERA
    67 K, 52 BB, 56.1 IP
  • Joe Nathan
    Minnesota Twins
    31 saves
    1-1, 1.54 ERA
    61 K, 11 BB, 46.2 IP
  • Leo Nunez
    Florida Marlins
    13 saves
    3-4, 4.13 ERA
    48 K, 20 BB, 52.1 IP
  • Jonathan Papelbon
    Boston Red Sox
    29 saves
    1-1, 2.08 ERA
    56 K, 23 BB, 52 IP
  • Mariano Rivera
    New York Yankees
    36 saves
    1-2, 1.90 ERA
    57 K, 8 BB, 52 IP
  • Fernando Rodney
    Detroit Tigers
    25 saves
    2-3, 3.57 ERA
    50 K, 25 BB, 53 IP
  • Rafael Soriano
    Atlanta Braves
    17 saves
    1-4, 2.50 ERA
    74 K, 19 BB, 54 IP
  • Huston Street
    Colorado Rockies
    31 saves
    3-1, 3.12 ERA
    56 K, 11 BB, 50 IP
  • Brian Wilson
    San Francisco Giants
    30 saves
    5-5, 2.75 ERA
    61 K, 21 BB, 55.2 IP