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.
Back-to-back appearances without an earned run bode well for the Detroit Tigers' Jose Valverde. His Wednesday affair lasted four outs as he worked around a walk and an unearned run that resulted from a throwing error by catcher Gerald Laird. As long as he's healthy, the Tigs will go with Valverde for saves.
Papa Grande got a brand new bag?
- The Texas Rangers' bullpen broke down Wednesday. After Frank Francisco gave up a homer in the eighth, Neftali Feliz blew the save and absorbed the loss in a 21-pitch outing. He allowed the tying run to score on an RBI single and let one of his inherited runners score the difference-making tally.
It was Feliz's second straight day of work. Texas won't turn away from Feliz as they gear up for the playoffs, even if they give him a little rest since Texas is ahead comfortably in the division.
- Your latest Chicago White Sox closer quotes, with more Ozzie Guillen tough love for the deposed Bobby Jenks: "What I see from him, it was good," Guillen said. "Is it good enough? Not yet. I want to see him one more time to see how he's doing. I want him to grab his job. I want him to be the guy. We all want that. Maybe he's the one who doesn't believe we want him there, but we do want him there."
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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