Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Tim Heaney on April 14, 2010 @ 12:00:00 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

  • Washington Nationals RP Matt Capps
    Capps gun not firing blanks anymore
    Matt Capps' recovered velocity from last year has continued into this season. Helping the Washington Nationals closer fine-tune his mechanics and alleviate warm-up stress on his arm? "Towel drills" - throwing towels off the mound like he would a baseball, a common tactic that's a polarizing topic among pitching coaches.
    Despite some spotty control, Capps has converted all three save chances he has had this year. Relying more on his fastball - a stated goal heading into 2010 - should help him keep the job and keep Drew Storen down in the minors longer than farm freaks hoped.
  • Leo Nunez (Florida Marlins) has delivered a nearly clean line in four games since blowing his first save chance of the year April 7. Nunez's line post-opener: five K's, one walk, one hit, two saves in four frames. His pitch counts in his last four games: 10, 21, 11 and 10, the final entry coming Tuesday in a non-save sitch. Paying off: Spring reports of him hiding his slider more effectively during his delivery.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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