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2018 Closer Situations: Team-By-Analysis
Arizona Diamondbacks
Current Closer: Yoshihisa Hirano
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Next In Line: Archie Bradley, Brad Ziegler, Jake Diekman, Brad Boxberger
(9/10) Following the offseason departure of Fernando Rodney, who signed a one-year contract with the Twins after saving 39 games last season, the Diamondbacks entered spring training without a closer. Manager Torey Lovullo cleared things up late in camp, announcing March 27 that Boxberger would serve as the team's closer to open the season.

Boxberger enjoyed quite a bit of success during the first half but has struggled since the break, posting a 7.90 ERA and 1.68 WHIP while blowing three saves and taking four losses in his last 17 appearances. Lovullo said Sept. 6 that Boxberger would remain the closer but backtracked Sept. 10 after another blown save, saying that he would mix and match in the ninth rather than have a designated endgamer.

Bradley has blown three leads in his last nine appearances, so it may be Hirano who gets the first look in this newfound committee. Hirano brings closing experience from his time in Japan the last five seasons, and he has been excellent in terms of run prevention in his first foray in the majors. Hirano doesn't offer premium velocity, but he controls his pitches well and has generated groundballs at close to a 50 percent clip en route to 32 holds.

Bradley hasn't quite matched the dominance he showed in a high-leverage role last season, when he tossed 73 innings with a 1.73 ERA, but his 3.78 ERA this season remains solid and he's picked up three saves when Boxberger has been unavailable.

Deadline-day acquisition Ziegler brings an elite groundball rate (72 percent this season) and 105 career saves. He was the closer in Miami for the first two months of the year but lost the job after stumbling to a 7.87 ERA through his first 25 appearances.
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