Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on April 9, 2010 @ 14:00:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for an entire season - injuries, poor performance and managerial decisions can cloud a team's bullpen picture.

Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which relievers are climbing the depth chart? Are any injuries popping up? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

Key

Job security (JS) score 1 (unstable) to 5 (untouchable)
Health (H) score 1 (injury-prone) to 5 (durable)

Mound meetings

  • Rather than wait for John Grabow or another reliever to blow it for the Chicago Cubs yesterday, manager Lou Piniella called on Carlos Marmol for a four-out save. Marmol's four outs were not perfect (one hit, one walk in the ninth), but he has the stuff to pitch out of jams - inherited and created. Piniella doesn't want to use Marmol for many four- or five-out saves; it's too long of a season, he says. He doesn't really have a choice until someone in the setup corps steps up.
  • Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol
    Help wanted: Marmol
    Florida Marlins closer Leo Nunez needed just 10 pitches to sit down the New York Mets in a perfect ninth yesterday. Combine that inning with his 30 pitches over 1 1/3 innings Wednesday, and Nunez probably won't be available Friday evening.
  • Philadelphia's Brad Lidge (elbow) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday that the Phillies called "very good." They have yet to announce a timetable for Lidge's return.
  • Meanwhile, Phils skipper Charlie Manuel says he would prefer to keep Ryan Madson's appearances to one frame to make sure Lidge's stand-in is available often - maybe as often as four or five times a week. The declaration came after Manuel inserted Madson for a four-out save - which required only 13 pitches, Manuel noted - Wednesday.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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