Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on April 7, 2010 @ 00:00:00 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

  • St. Louis Cardinals RP Ryan Franklin
    Familiar spot: Doubted at back end
    Something from Monday: St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin gave up two runs on three hits. Now, he recorded the final out, and it wasn't a save situation - maybe he needs that extra pressure - but given the way he ended last year, it raises some eyebrows. Manager Tony La Russa was ready to pull the plug on Franklin's appearance if another batter reached base. Kyle McClellan, who added a changeup to his mix this spring, worked the eighth in that game and is tabbed as the "apprentice." Make sure he's on your mixed watch lists and NL-only rosters.
  • The San Diego Padres' Luke Gregerson gave up three runs in one-third of an inning yesterday. In his short career, Gregerson now has a 7.22 ERA on the road and 0.65 mark at PETCO Park. You figure the Pads have to take that into account should Heath Bell ever be traded and they need a new closer.
  • If there were any doubts, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Juan Gutierrez is Arizona's lone eighth-inning guy.

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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