Predicting Top 5 MLB Saves Leaders By End of 2014

Predicting Top 5 MLB Saves Leaders By End of 2014

Jim Johnson
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With about 40 games left in the 2014 season, the leader in saves is only seven saves ahead of the 10th spot, making this list even harder to predict. Jim Johnson had 101 saves to lead MLB the past two seasons in saves, but a new leader will emerge victorious this season. Who will it be?

5. Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen
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5. Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen
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Kenley Jansen has one of the best single pitches for any closer putting him fifth on this list. His cutter which reaches upper-90s and has great movement reminiscent of Mariano Rivera's signature pitch. With 34 saves for the 2014 season, Jansen will likely have more opportunities to save games as the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to win.

4. Fernando Rodney

Fernando Rodney
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4. Fernando Rodney

Fernando Rodney
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Fernando Rodney and his signature celebration after saving games currently has happened 35 times this season. He will go as far as the Seattle Mariners with their starting pitching ranking among MLB's best. Rodney very well could lead MLB in saves, but I think his divisional competition in September will hold him back from advancing higher on the list.

3. Francisco Rodriguez

Francisco Rodriguez
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3. Francisco Rodriguez

Francisco Rodriguez
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Francisco Rodriguez is tied for the lead in saves with 38 this season. With the Brewers leading the NL Central, Rodriguez could lead MLB in saves for the first time since 2008 when he had 62 saves for the Los Angeles Angels. Can he repeat that again or will he fade back to his most recent past?

2. Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel
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2. Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel
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Craig Kimbrel has been dominant in past few years and will likely compete until the last week of the season for the saves lead. Kimbrel has 37 saves, and as the Braves become more desperate for a postseason run, he should have more opportunities for saves when they play more NL East opponents.

1. Greg Holland

Greg Holland
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1. Greg Holland

Greg Holland
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Greg Holland has had the best season of his career. He currently is tied with Francisco Rodriguez for the MLB lead in saves and could end the season on top. The Kansas City Royals have been hot recently, winning eight of their last 10 games, meaning Holland has increased his saves total. Could Holland help his Royals make the playoffs as well as lead MLB saves?

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