Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL
by Bryce McRae
on June 7, 2010 @ 14:15:00
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.
Closer: Brad Lidge
Understudy: Jose Contreras
Disabled list: Ryan Madson (toe)
Lidge recorded his first save June 4 since returning from the DL. He hasn't allowed a base runner and has four K's in three innings in that time.
No roles have been outlined, but manager Charlie Manuel would like to establish a set pattern. "We're getting a chance to organize our bullpen, whereas before we were going on mix-and-match and feel," said Manuel.
Organization appears to be Lidge in the ninth with Contreras and J.C. Romero as the setup options. Lidge should be owned in all leagues. Contreras is a good handcuff option (ratio help, too). Lidge hasn't exactly been the healthiest pitcher, even if some adjustments made after his DL stint have helped him.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 3
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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