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.
Dusty Baker: still on Team Coco. After being touched up in three of his previous four outings, Francisco Cordero threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning Monday to register his 37th save. The temptation to go to Aroldis Chapman for saves lingers like a fog, but Baker remains willing to run with his vet as long as he's punctuating victories. This is unlikely to be an issue for the regular season.
Cordero keeps lurkers at bay
- Brad Lidge threw another scoreless inning for a save Monday, complete with two K's for the Philadelphia Phillies. What a second half: 2.52 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 27 K's and 18-for-20 in saves in 25 innings. His rejuvenated slider is doing wonders.
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.
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