Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on April 6, 2010 @ 14:00:00 PDT


Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.


Job security (JS) score 1 (unstable) to 5 (untouchable)
Health (H) score 1 (injury-prone) to 5 (durable)


Mound meetings

  • A second opinion on Huston Street's right shoulder resulted in positive news. The Colorado Rockies' injured closer still aims to return in early May, but his return date won't be more defined until he actually throws off a mound. It appears the club isn't interested in rushing him back. Good thing given Street's lengthy injury history.
  • How did his replacement do? Franklin Morales hit a batter and threw a wild pitch; the final two outs of his save were both line drives - one requiring a great snag by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. That's hardly inspiring from the young stopper, who has struggled with his control before. Remember, manager Jim Tracy hasn't fully committed to Morales. As we said yesterday, righties Manuel Corpas, Matt Daley and Matt Belisle are all worth consideration in NL-only games, in that order.
  • Houston Astros reliever Samuel Gervacio struck out two in a perfect ninth yesterday. He probably won't be in line for saves for a while with Matt Lindstrom and Brandon Lyon ahead of him. However, neither of those stoppers have great track records, be it with health or experience. At the very least, Gervacio should help your ratios in mixed and NL-only leagues.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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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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