Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Bryce McRae on June 7, 2010 @ 13:10:00 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.

Mound meetings

  • The Baltimore Orioles' Will Ohman gave up one run on two hits yesterday for his first blown save of the season. The O's aren't exactly piling up the save chances, but if another one comes up, interim manager Juan Samuel will go with Ohman again. At least until Alfredo Simon (hamstring) returns. He is eligible to come back Wednesday, though Baltimore hasn't yet decided if he'll need a rehab assignment.
    Mike Gonzalez (shoulder) wasn't great in a bullpen session Saturday. He's taking a couple of days off before throwing again, then repeating. A mid-June return now looks out of reach.
  • Baltimore Orioles RP Alfredo Simon
    When Simon is back from DL, he's the CL
    The Toronto Blue Jays' Jason Frasor and Scott Downs combined to blow the game against the New York Yankees yesterday. Downs worked first. His line: one HBP and one double before he gave way to Frasor. Frasor's line: two K's, two intentional walks, one wild pitch and one single. Downs finished with the loss, Frasor the blown save.
    Kevin Gregg pitched June 5 (one hit, one BB, three K's), for the first time since his June 1 meltdown. Frasor and Downs' insecurities probably don't reflect much on Gregg; he still needs to show he can hold his own before we ratchet up the job security.
  • Michael Wuertz notched a save for the Oakland Athletics yesterday in place of Andrew Bailey. The A's have an important series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting today and wanted Bailey, who threw three innings over Thursday and Friday, well-rested for that tilt.
  • Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon will be unavailable for the next three days after hitting the bereavement list. Daniel Bard should pick up the slack with Paps gone.

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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