Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on June 3, 2010 @ 14:00:00 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.


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  • New York Mets RP Francisco Rodriguez
    Big pitch counts: OK-Rod?
    John Axford threw 1 2/3 innings yesterday for the Milwaukee Brewers to earn his third save of the year. He gave up one run on two hits and also allowed an inherited runner to score.
    Still, it marked the third save in his last four appearances. With Trevor Hoffman in no man's land, the Ax should be owned in all leagues.
  • New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was one strike away from earning his 11th save of the year yesterday. Instead, he ended up with his third blown save. K-Rod gave up just the one run in 2 1/3 innings (46 pitches), and it came on three hits and one walk.
    He also threw a perfect 10th inning after his ninth-inning blown save. It was his longest outing since '04. The Mets have Thursday off, so maybe they wanted to let him go. However, he also threw 30 pitches Tuesday. Keep an eye on his performance and use in the coming days.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies' Jose Contreras was tagged with the loss yesterday after giving up one run on one hit and two walks (one intentional) in two-thirds of an inning. His appearance came in the eighth inning of a tied game. J.C. Romero replaced him to finish the inning while Brad Lidge, who hasn't pitched since Monday, remained in the 'pen.
  • Kyle McClellan, who essentially shares the setup gig with Jason Motte, recorded his first save of the season yesterday for the St. Louis Cardinals. Ryan Franklin was still available, if needed, after throwing two innings Tuesday, but with a 4-1 lead, the game likely wasn't close enough for manager Tony La Russa to call on him.

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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