Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL
by Bryce McRae
on June 2, 2010 @ 12:00:00
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: Kevin Gregg
Understudy: Jason Frasor
Lurkers: Scott Downs
Gregg walked five batters, threw one wild pitch, gave up one hit and allowed four runs in the ninth yesterday. He only recorded two outs before being removed. On his way off, he was ejected after arguing with the ump.
It was Gregg's third blown save of the year. He won't be available today - he threw 41 pitches last night - and his availability for Friday is in question. Toronto has Thursday off.
Manager Cito Gaston had used Frasor, Downs, Shawn Camp and Casey Janssen earlier in the game. Only two inexperienced lefties (David Purcey, Rommie Lewis) remained in the 'pen. He had to stick with the veteran Gregg.
Grab Frasor as your first speculative option. Gregg probably has a fair bit more on his leash, but he wasn't great in May (5.11 ERA, 1.95 WHIP). The way he blew up yesterday, it can't hurt to be prepared. Frasor gave up one run on three hits yesterday, but he was brought on with two runners on and no outs in the seventh. He had eight straight scoreless appearances before Tuesday.
Downs, a lefty, has been great most of the year (2.96 ERA, 1.07 WHIP), but Gaston has preferred him as the eighth-inning guy. Downs is still worth an add, if you're desperate.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 4
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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