Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Bryce McRae on May 27, 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

  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Brian Fuentes
    Halos' D wasn't fuerte for Fuentes
    Put a "W,BS" in the decision column for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's Brian Fuentes. In the ninth yesterday, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Alex Gonzalez made it to second when Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu bobbled what would have been the first out. Fuentes struck out the next batter before surrendering a double for the tying run and blown save. He then escaped without any further damage.
    He has been a bit better recently - two saves in a row - and this blown save came because of an unearned run. It shouldn't make him any more uncomfortable as a closer than he already is.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays' Jason Frasor's fastball has returned to the 93-95 mph range after sticking around 91-92 mph earlier this year. Frasor, who started the season as Toronto's closer, has allowed just one run in his last 11 innings. He has 11 K's and two walks in that time and worked a perfect seventh yesterday.
    Kevin Gregg is no stranger to this article; May has not been good to him. Frasor should definitely be on your watch list in all leagues.
  • Minnesota Twins closer Jon Rauch was tagged with his first loss of the season yesterday. He was called upon in a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning; the first two batters went down in order before he gave up a home run to the New York Yankees' Nick Swisher.
    It was Rauch's second straight dismal outing. On May 22, the tall righty gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in one inning for his second blown save. He has built up enough security, though, that his leash should be fairly long.
  • Bobby Jenks endured a close call for the Chicago White Sox in the ninth yesterday during a non-save situation. You can find more on that in yesterday's Closer Hot Seat. After the game, Jenks said, "I didn't do a nice job. I did a just-good-enough job." Now that inspires a lot of confidence.

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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