Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Tim Heaney on April 27, 2010 @ 11:15:00 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)

 

Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge
Who'll stop the rain?

Mound meetings

  • Despite offering a nail-biter, Chad Qualls held up the Arizona Diamondbacks' confidence with a save Monday. He entered with a three-run advantage, with 32 pitches, fighting through a leadoff walk and a pair of two-out singles - which brought in a run - by striking out the side.
    Qualls will probably still have some rough patches in the near future, but count on Arizona sticking with him as long as he slams the door. His velocity has improved, and another key will be increasing his first-strike percentage (a meager 55.6).
  • Brad Lidge (elbow, knee) had his rehab appearance rained out Monday but will pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies' Double-A Reading Tuesday. Check out yesterday's report for more on how he is faring during his recovery.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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