Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Bryce McRae on April 8, 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? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

Key

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

 

Mound meetings

  • Jason Frasor endured another rocky start to the ninth for the Toronto Blue Jays last night. He gave up a leadoff double that prompted manager Cito Gaston to start warming up Casey Janssen. Should we read into it? Not really. Gaston wanted a single closer to open the season. He's preaching patience all over the diamond with this young club. Frasor, for his part, was able to buckle down and earn the save, making up for his blown Opening Day lockdown.
  • Toronto Blue Jays RP Jason Frasor
    A frequent Hot Seat visitor early on
    Kevin Gregg, who threw a perfect 1 1/3 innings earlier in the Blue Jays' game, should be on your mixed watch lists, though. It pays to be proactive.
  • Jon Rauch's save opp didn't go as smoothly as his previous one for the Minnesota Twins (one earned run, two hits). Take from it that he showed resolve in being able to settle down and record the final out after allowing one run.
  • Rafael Soriano, of the Tampa Bay Rays, hasn't had his best stuff in his first couple of outings. He allowed a run but managed to hold the tying run at third and recording a save last night. He's still a little rusty. Manager Joe Maddon realizes this. The bespectacled manager doesn't have any other options until J.P. Howell (shoulder) returns. Even then, the leash is still sizable for Soriano.
  • Neftali Feliz is still the Rangers' eighth-inning guy. His struggles in the opener haven't knocked him from that perch. It's the risk you take to add his sick punch-out ability.
  • Three No. 1 closers either blew a save, were tagged with a loss or both last night: Jonathan Papelbon, Joakim Soria and Jose Valverde. The first two just made mistakes. They had great stuff. Valverde's blown save was a combination of poor location on his pitches and a misplayed ball from second baseman Scott Sizemore.
  • Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks struggled in his first appearance last night: one inning, one run, one hit and two walks. The damage was probably more a product of his failure to check Cleveland Indians base runner Shin-Shoo Choo than anything else.

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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