Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - 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.
Closer: Franklin Morales
Lurkers: Matt Daley
Disabled list: Huston Street (shoulder)
Street made about 60 tosses from up to 100 feet in a rehab workout Monday and has participated in three throw-and-catch sessions in Tucson with positive results. Rox GM Dan O'Dowd wants to see how Street recovers after throwing live batting practice, though, so be patient.
Morales has blown his last two save chances, including a two-walk, balk-fueled meltdown Sunday to lose to the Atlanta Braves; in all fairness, his April 14 gaffe involved an unearned run. Pitching coach Bob Apodaca said Morales needs to refine his slider and stop leaning on his fastball; the staff also said the left-hander needs to keep emotions in check after his balk.
Rox manager Jim Tracy, however, said he was comfortable sending Morales back out if needed Monday, presumably in a save chance. Team brass also stood behind its interim stopper by calling his deceptive pickoff move a potentially unfair magnet for scrutiny and calling the league to ask for clarification on the call.
Don't be surprised if Colorado gives an occasional save chance to one of their understudies; lean Corpas if you have to speculate on one. Still, it's hard to see the team making a "permanent" interim change - especially if Street's timetable shortens.
Mixed league Morales owners must start thinking long term: They won't have much use for him outside of a desperation stash when Street comes back.
Job security score: 2
Health score: 4
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