Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on May 28, 2010 @ 15:30:00 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?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

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  • Matt Lindstrom finally blew a save. It took the Houston Astros' stopper 11 tries, but yesterday he gave up one run in the ninth to blow it, and then one in the 10th to lose it. He yielded four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings.
    It was his first time in a game in six days. Only 23 of Lindstrom's 45 pitches were strikes; that's a bit worrying, but it's far too soon to make anything of this. He has built up too much of leash, and the options behind him aren't that enticing.
  • Milwaukee Brewers RP Trevor Hoffman
    What's next for the Hoff?
    The Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Lidge (elbow) came out of a Thursday bullpen session OK and will make a Class A rehab appearance tomorrow. He could return as early as Monday.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers didn't use Trevor Hoffman yesterday in their extra-innings, 4-3 win. Were they saving him for a save situation? It's possible. He could be back closing this weekend.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks are going to give Juan Gutierrez some time off. The setup guy gave up two homers Wednesday and has a 10.00 ERA.
    Aaron Heilman is the most appropriate bridge to closer Chad Qualls, whose job security is strong partially because his 'pen mates aren't.
  • Finding an adequate bridge to Carlos Marmol has been tricky for the Chicago Cubs. Maybe righties Andrew Cashner, 23, and Jay Jackson, 22, can help.
    Cashner is being moved from Triple-A Iowa's rotation to the 'pen. He compiled a 0.90 ERA with 16 K's in 20 innings, mostly as a starter, this year. He was a closer in college and can reach the upper-90s with his fastball. General manager Jim Hendry said Cashner is getting close to coming up.
    Jackson is moving in the opposite direction - from bullpen to rotation. He could still be in line for a call-up, and given Chicago's needs in the 'pen, that's likely where he'd be. Jackson has a 2.19 ERA with 35 K's in 49 1/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.

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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