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: Brian Fuentes
Understudy: Fernando Rodney
Lurkers: Kevin Jepsen
Not such a happy return from the DL: In his first game since the 2010 opener, Fuentes surrendered a ninth-inning leadoff homer Wednesday to Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers) to blow instantly a one-run lead; he then allowed two walks before coughing up a two-out RBI single that would eventually give him the loss.
Rodney and Jepsen weren't available Wednesday because of rest. Manager Mike Scioscia is sticking by Fuentes for now, but the way Rodney pitched in Fuentes' absence has to be in Scioscia's head. Hopefully, you've hung on to Rodney anyway.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 4
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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