by Bryce McRae
on May 21, 2010 @ 15:30:00
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: Trevor Hoffman
Understudy: Carlos Villanueva
Lurkers: Todd Coffey
Villanueva saved it for the Brew Crew yesterday. It wasn't the prettiest outing; he fell behind the first batter and hit another. Still, he finished the job.
Matchups might play a role in who closes until manager Ken Macha decides on Hoffman's future. Villy is your best bet; he's worth speculating on in deep mixed and NL-only. Shallow mixed could soon follow. His dominance supports his case; lack of overpowering stuff and a high flyball rate don't. Coffey is likely second to Villaneuva, at this point.
The Hoff might not return for this weekend's series, either. They haven't set a timetable on him. He's still working with pitching coach Rick Peterson.
Two other names to file away: (1) John Axford, who pitched two scoreless yesterday and should have a bigger role, per Macha; and (2) Zach Braddock, whose name has been mentioned as a possible call-up. Braddock is 22 and has struck out 28 in 16 Triple-A innings.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 4
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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