by Bryce McRae
on April 5, 2010 @ 17:00:00
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.
Closer: Jon Rauch
Understudy: Matt Guerrier
In the past, Gardenhire showed tremendous loyalty to his stopper. Of course, he wasn't given much reason not to with Nathan and Eddie Guardado around. The vet manager prefers a bullpen with establish roles. The team could still explore other options at a later date, but for now, Rauch should be given a fairly sizable leash.
His stuff isn't overpowering for a closer, and he has blown 18 of his 44 save opps over his career. He held the job with the Washington Nationals for part of 2008 and managed to save 17 of his 22 tries. That's probably a fairer measure of his ability to handle the role.
He posted a fine 1.72 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 14 K's in only 15 2/3 innings during a short stint with Minny last year. He's still somewhat shaky, but as a No. 3 closer in mixed leagues, he shouldn't be in a position to submarine any of your title hopes.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 4
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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