Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Bryce McRae on May 26, 2010 @ 12:00:00 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.

 

Mound meetings

  • Baltimore Orioles RP Will Ohman
    Good omen for Ohman?
    Will Ohman worked a perfect ninth in the Baltimore Orioles' 5-1 win yesterday. The lefty faced three righties, striking out two. Ohman possesses a career 1.58 WHIP against northpaws; this year, it's 1.11 in 6 1/3 innings.
    Something has to give - history says Ohman - but you need to take the chance on him if you're searching for saves. Mike Gonzalez (shoulder) has been shut down for another week because of a drop in velocity, and with the other injuries in this 'pen, Ohman could have long-term value.
  • Maybe it was too early in the day for the Chicago White Sox's Bobby Jenks. He gave up three runs on three hits and three walks (one intentional) in the ninth today during a non-save situation. One of Jenks' problems was his control; he threw just 19 of 36 pitches for strikes, discounting the intentional walk. He wasn't dialing it up as he previously had, either; none of his pitches were above 96 mph. Nine of 14 in Saturday's save were 97 or higher.
    Lefty Matt Thornton, on the other hand, threw nine of his 13 pitches for strikes and was perfect in his one inning. Jenks had settled down recently, but his roller coaster doesn't appear over yet.
  • The Cleveland Indians will try to give Kerry Wood some more work; they want the 32-year-old pitching every few days. Wood has looked shaky at times since returning from the DL; he gave up five runs May 19 in one of his two save chances.
    He has settled down over his last two appearances (two innings, two hits, no runs, one K), but unless more work means more save chances, Wood's value won't be affected much by an increased workload. You don't keep him for his ERA or WHIP, after all.
  • Maybe the Seattle Mariners can also increase the work of David Aardsma, who netted his first save yesterday in 11 days. It was also his first appearance since May 19 and just his fifth this month.

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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