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.
- Ryan Franklin picked up a five-out save for the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, so Kyle McClellan stepped in for the save Monday, throwing a scoreless inning and working around a walk.
Franklin might be retiring after the 2011 season, so it could be a decent long-term battle between McClellan and Jason Motte to succeed the incumbent. This situation will once again draw heavy fantasy attention next season.
Franklin's uncertain future opens door
- Hong-Chih Kuo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning yesterday for his 11th save in 12 chances for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
If a save sitch were to arise tonight, the Blue will probably go to Kenley Jansen or another option in order to keep Kuo fresh. Kuo is also making it tough for LA to keep him from pitching in save situations next year, even with Jonathan Broxton hoping to get right for 2011.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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