Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL
by Bryce McRae
on May 7, 2010 @ 12:00:00
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: Kerry Wood
Understudy: Chris Perez
Wood only needed two Double-A rehab appearances. Apparently, after his latest, the club liked what they saw enough to bring him back from the DL.
Maybe Perez's recent blown save factored into it. Regardless, Wood should slot back into the closer's gig. He could be held back from closing a day or two to make sure he's right against MLB hitters, but go ahead and throw him back in your fantasy lineup.
Deep mixed and AL-only owners can retain Perez. He has been fairly strong outside of two blown saves. One of them wasn't even his completely; all three runs Wednesday were unearned. He'll likely remain next in line.
Job security score: 4
Health score: 3
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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