Rivera Dominates Relief Pitcher Rankings

All rankings assume a 5×5 format (wins, saves, strikeouts, ERA, ratio).

* = check status

Last Update: 8/8
Next Update: 8/20

Relief Pitchers
1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
2. Joe Nathan, Twins
3. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
NOTE: Command has been an issue all year.
4. Huston Street, Rockies
5. Francisco Rodriguez, Mets
6. *Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers
NOTE: Toe still doesn't look right.
7. Joakim Soria, Royals
8. Ryan Franklin, Cardinals
9. Jose Valverde, Astros
10. Heath Bell, Padres
NOTE: Friars should have dumped the salary.
11. Brian Fuentes, Angels
12. Francisco Cordero, Reds
13. Trevor Hoffman, Brewers
14. Brian Wilson, Giants
15. David Aardsma, Mariners
16. Andrew Bailey, Athletics
17. Kerry Wood, Indians
18. *Brad Lidge, Phillies
19. *Bobby Jenks, White Sox
20. Rafael Soriano, Braves
NOTE: He's clearly the guy Cox trusts most.
21. *Frank Francisco, Rangers
22. Chad Qualls, Diamondbacks
23. Fernando Rodney, Tigers
24. Matt Capps, Pirates
25. Jason Frasor, Blue Jays
NOTE: Steps in with Downs forced out.
26. Jim Johnson, Orioles
NOTE: Ordinary stuff but he can handle ninth.
27. J.P. Howell, Rays
28. *Kevin Gregg, Cubs
29. Mike MacDougal, Nationals
NOTE: A carnival ride but it's his job and team is winning.
30. *Matt Lindstrom, Marlins
31. C.J. Wilson, Rangers
32. Mike Gonzalez, Braves
33. Leo Nunez, Marlins
34. *George Sherrill, Dodgers
NOTE: Keep him handy, Broxton doesn't look right.
35. Phil Hughes, Yankees
36. Carlos Marmol, Cubs
37. Dan Wheeler, Rays
38. Daniel Bard, Red Sox
NOTE: Future closer if Papelbon leaves.
39. *Ryan Madson, Phillies
40. Michael Wuertz, Athletics
NOTE: Oakland, home of deep bullpens.
41. Brad Ziegler, Athletics
42. *Scott Downs, Blue Jays
43. Justin Masterson, Indians
44. Dan Meyer, Marlins
45. Ramon Troncoso, Dodgers
46. Mark Lowe, Mariners
47. Chris Perez, Indians
48. Alfredo Aceves, Yankees
49. Kiko Calero, Marlins
50. Sean Burnett, Nationals
NOTE: Working earlier in games now, kills fantasy buzz.
51. Hideki Okajima, Red Sox
52. Chan Ho Park, Phillies
NOTE: Don't laugh, Charlie trusts him.
53. Tony Pena, White Sox
54. Matt Guerrier, Twins
55. Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers
56. *LaTroy Hawkins, Astros
57. Edward Mujica, Padres
58. Octavio Dotel, White Sox
59. Sean Green, Mets
60. Brandon Lyon, Tigers
61. Manny Delcarmen, Red Sox
62. Juan Cruz, Royals
63. Jason Motte, Cardinals
64. *Chad Durbin, Phillies
65. David Robertson, Yankees
66. *Ronald Belisario, Dodgers
NOTE: Back soon but bullpen suddenly crowded.
67. John Grabow, Cubs
68. Randy Choate, Rays
69. Takashi Saito, Red Sox
70. Jesse Carlson, Blue Jays
71. Jesse Chavez, Pirates
72. Jeremy Affeldt, Giants
73. Joe Beimel, Rockies
NOTE: His stuff might not translate to Colorado.
74. Chris Sampson, Astros
75. Cla Meredith, Padres
76. Scott Linebrink, White Sox
77. Clay Zavada, Diamondbacks
78. Santiago Casilla, Athletics
79. Mitch Stetter, Brewers
80. Grant Balfour, Rays
NOTE: Never chase last year's middle-relief hero.
81. *Rafael Betancourt, Rockies
82. *Manny Corpas, Rockies
83. *J.J. Putz, Mets
84. Mark DiFelice, Brewers

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