Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on July 16, 2010 @ 12:30:00 PDT

 


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.

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  • Arizona Diamondbacks RP Juan Gutierrez
    Arizona not closing bullpen book yet
    The Arizona Diamondbacks are making progress with their bullpen under interim manager Kirk Gibson. Since he took over, they have a 4.24 ERA in 10 games. Gibson and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. have had the relievers doing their own scouting and comparing notes before each series. Gibson has also trusted them more than previous manager A.J. Hinch.
    This doesn't really give us any more indication of who'll be closing games. Juan Gutierrez and Chad Qualls are both speculative options, if you're desperate. However, if the rest of the 'pen can improve, they might set up Arizona's closers for a few more save chances.
  • The Cincinnati Reds have been kicking tires on right-handed relievers. Kerry Wood, anyone? Whoever they add shouldn't have much impact on Francisco Cordero's job security, though, unless they're high on Wood as at least an alternative to spell the incumbent.
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Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: 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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