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.
Checking in with Matt Capps: The righty threw a scoreless inning Thursday, his sixth conversion in eight chances with the Minnesota Twins. For all the flak the Twins took from naysayers for the trade, Capps has a 2.08 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and 10 K's in 13 innings.
Underappreciated: Chris Perez
Jon Rauch's presence in the bullpen doghouse has made Capps' job security a non-issue; Jesse Crain is probably next in line, and deservedly so (2.63 ERA, 48 K's in 54 2/3 innings).
- With his five-out Thursday save (he fanned four) in the books, Chris Perez hasn't walked a batter in August (1.80 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 13 K's in 10 innings), during which he has also posted an 11.70 K/9 in 10 innings. A slight jump in grounder inducement is probably a contributor, too.
His fly-ball frequency is still a little high to be completely comfortable, but his near spotless control is comforting since he is at least making Cleveland Indians opponents earn a trip to the bases.
- Another reminder: The Seattle Mariners expect closer David Aardsma (ribs) to be available for this weekend's series.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, hear him every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. On Thursdays, he visits 106.1 FM WMTI in New Orleans and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
Don't miss these great reports....