Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Bryce McRae on May 24, 2010 @ 14:30:00 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)

 

Baltimore Orioles

Closer: Alfredo Simon (hamstring)

Understudy: Will Ohman, Cla Meredith

Simon pulled up lame after feeling "a little pop" in his left hamstring Sunday. He's expected to hit the DL tomorrow. The 29-year-old righty said he has taken around two weeks to recover from previous hamstring injuries. Where does that leave the O's, if that's the case?

The left-handed Ohman has done well; he has a 0.00 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 15 K's in 14 2/3 innings. His name has been mentioned as a fill-in. Meredith was used successfully in a save situation back in April; he has been shaky of late, though. His ERA in May sits at 7.60. Both are AL-only speculation - Meredith maybe slightly before Ohman, who could be reserved for lefties, but neither are great options.

Koji Uehara, a sleeper at one point, will have his right elbow examined tomorrow. He said the pain is similar to the injury that knocked him out prematurely in '09.

Job security score: 3

Health score: 3

Mound meetings


  • Simon may hit the DL
    Kerry Wood has a save - it only took 'til May 23. The Cleveland Indians' stopper gave up one hit and recorded one K in the ninth yesterday. Perhaps more importantly, he is throwing strikes again.
    After blowing his first save attempt last Wednesday, when only half of his 30 pitches were strikes, Wood has thrown 20 of his last 24 pitches, over two appearances, for strikes.
  • On Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Gregg blew up again, though the damage was negligible in a 12-4 win. Gregg gave up a leadoff homer then walked two before inducing a double play and flyout. He threw only 12 of his 25 pitches for strikes. Say hello, again, to Jason Frasor, if you haven't. Remember this?
  • Bobby Jenks appears back to form in the Chicago White Sox's bullpen. He made some mechanical adjustments recently (stopping his back foot from over-rotating, standing taller in his delivery) and was at his best Saturday.
    On nine of his 14 pitches, Jenks reached 97 mph or higher. He hasn't allowed a run in three appearances. Matt Thornton is still a stash option in deep mixed and AL-only, but largely now in case Jenks is moved.
  • Mariano Rivera has now allowed a run in three straight appearances. Friday's appearance was good enough to net him a save, but he gave up two hits and one run in the ninth.
    This did nothing to dispel the belief that his age is catching up with him, as we speculated last week. Don't actively shop him, and he's probably still the safest closer in baseball, but if someone comes knocking, it's at least worth listening to what they have to offer.
  • Minnesota Twins reliever Ron Mahay left closer Jon Rauch a nice present Saturday: the bases loaded in a 6-2 game with no outs. Rauch ended up tagged with the blown save after allowing three runners, courtesy of Mahay, and two of his own to score. It was only Rauch's second blown save this year, and neither has resulted in a loss.

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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