Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Bryce McRae on September 15, 2009 @ 12:00:00 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy baseball closer depth charts

In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for the entire season - injuries, poor performance and managerial decisions can cloud a team's bullpen picture.

Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which setup men are climbing the depth chart? Any lingering injuries popping up? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

Mound meetings

  • Detroit Tigers stopper Fernando Rodney had his suspension reduced from three games to two. He wasn't available last night and won't be tonight, either. Brandon Lyon was unavailable last night, but if a save opp comes up tonight, you can count on him to get the chance.
  • We should have seen the blown save coming. BlueJays.MLB.com titled a piece on how Toronto Blue Jays closer Jason Frasor was a reliable reliever yesterday. What does he do to repay the compliment? Blows his first save in 10 tries since mid-June. It wasn't all his fault, though. Usually sure-handed shortstop Marco Scutaro committed an error that allowed the first batter of the inning to reach base. Then the rain picked up. Then Frasor gave up a single and a homer to tie the score. The Detroit Tigers then won the game in the 10th. This was Frasor's fourth night of work in the last five. He might not be available for tonight's game, but don't read anything into that.
  • Houston Astros CL Jose Valverde
    LaTroy Hawkins would replace ill Valverde
    Strep throat has been ruled out for Houston Astros closer Jose Valverde (illness). However, the team is still waiting on some blood work to see why the 31-year-old is running a fever above 100. If he feels up to it, he'll join the team in Cincinnati today, though he likely wouldn't be able to pitch immediately. LaTroy Hawkins should garner any save chances in Valverde's absence.
  • Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street (biceps) threw long toss yesterday and will look to make some throws off a mound soon. When Street does return, manager Jim Tracy doesn't plan on using him as closer in his first few games back, instead preferring to work him in some less stressful situations to break him in.
  • The Chicago Cubs closer's job will be Carlos Marmol's to lose next year, per manager Lou Piniella. He'll probably need to cut down on his walks (8.13 per nine innings) if he wants to hang on to the job long-term and save his manager from a heart attack.
  • The Cubbies are also negotiating on a two-year extension with left-handed John Grabow.
  • The Cleveland Indians' Chris Perez gave up four runs in just one-third of an inning last night. He has now allowed six earned runs and three homers in the last week (three innings) after going two months without allowing any runners to cross the plate.
  • New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera notched his 40th save of the season last night. It was the first time he'd reached that total since 2005.
  • Finally, the San Francisco Giants welcomed back Tim Lincecum (back) to the rotation last night. Moving to the bullpen will be their top pitching prospect, Madison Bumgarner, who could be retained in NL leagues.

Also see: Fantasy baseball closer depth charts

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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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