Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Bryce McRae on May 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.


Mound meetings

  • Texas Rangers RP Frank Francisco
    FranK, indeed
    Alfredo Simon was a bit shaky in the Baltimore Orioles' 6-5 victory yesterday, his second appearance in as many days. He hit a batter, gave up a hit and issued one walk. His fifth save was preserved when the tying run was thrown out at home.
    Simon's ERA is a sparking 0.00, but his WHIP is a dangerous 1.50. He often makes things interesting, but Baltimore has no other stable options for the ninth until Mike Gonzalez (shoulder) returns. Simon might not be used Friday; he threw 37 pitches in the previous two days.
  • Neftali Feliz worked a scoreless ninth in a tied game for the Texas Rangers yesterday, but of more note, Frank Francisco struck out all four batters he faced yesterday (17 strikes in 20 pitches). The game was still tied in extras when he worked.
    Francisco has been pounding the strike zone more often than in recent years, a good sign for him gaining more save chances at some point this year. Feliz is still secure in his job, but make sure Francisco is on your watch list in all leagues, if you haven't speculated on him in mixed already.
  • It hasn't been a great week for the Oakland Athletics' Andrew Bailey. He was tagged with the loss after allowing a run in a tied game in the 12th inning yesterday. This followed his first blown save of the season Tuesday.
    Those were the first runs he allowed all year. The winning hit yesterday came off a missed cutter by Bailey. You'll just have to endure this rough patch.
  • The Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Papelbon has relied on three pitches this year - fastball, slider and splitter - after leaning heavily on his fastball at times last year. It has helped: His groundballs are up, and he has improved on his early-season walk issues with only one free pass allowed in his last seven outings.
    He has also been more efficient in his outings from both the diverse approach and an increased personal awareness. Yes, personal awareness and maturity - maybe not two things you would think of from the famed Irish dancer.

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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