Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on June 4, 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.

Mound meetings

  • Washington Nationals RP Matt Capps
    Capps off? Not exactly
    Matt Lindstrom helped himself to a win yesterday with a side of blown save. For the second straight appearance, he gave up two runs on three hits. This time, he didn't walk any batters, though - encouraging for his control. His leash is still pretty sizable, but you'll want to at least throw Brandon Lyon on your watch list if you're desperate for saves or as a handcuff to Lindy.
  • The Washington Nationals' Matt Capps blew another save yesterday - this one not totally his fault. One runner was on with two outs when Capps gave up a flyball to right field. It would have been out three, but Cristian Guzman dropped it.
    Capps then gave up a walkoff two-run shot to the next batter. Only three of the eight runs he has given up in his last five appearances have been earned.
    Consider moving Capps if he rights himself for a few appearances. Tyler Clippard is probably their first alternative right now if Capps spirals out of control, but if it's a long descent by Capps, then Drew Storen is probably the best bet.
  • Jonny Venters vultured a save for the Atlanta Braves yesterday. Takashi Saito hurt his left hamstring after recording the first two outs in the ninth. Venters finished off Saito's inning on one pitch.
    Closer Billy Wagner was unavailable after throwing in the previous two games and six times in the previous eight days.

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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