Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Tim Heaney on June 10, 2010 @ 12:30:00 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.

Mound meetings

  • Last night, a leadoff walk didn't prevent Chad Qualls from recording his second closure in three days. Though four of his 10 walks have come in his last two outings, he hasn't allowed a run in four June innings.
    The downward movement on his fastball has been spotty recently, but his three outs, which came immediately in succession after the walk, featured tasty dips. He fanned two batters swinging at offerings that dropped below the knees; Qualls then induced a grounder to end it.
    If he can sustain the recovered pitch action, he'll continue to fight off other uninspiring 'Zona bullpen options.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks RP Chad Qualls
    The best of the bunch in the desert
    Matt Capps registered a scoreless save Wednesday for the second straight day despite giving up a hit for the Washington Nationals. He has needed only 24 pitches to twice recover from his Sunday blowup. Had to be sweet that they came against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who non-tendered the righty after last year.
    Though his job looks safe barring another extended collapse, Capps still has some issues with his slider. A hanger led to a double by the Bucs' Garrett Jones, the hurler's only ninth-inning blemish Wednesday.
  • A successful return from the DL by Brad Lidge (Philadelphia Phillies) can be attributed to his recovered slider. Now that his right knee is healthy, he can push off his back leg again, which gives him the extra balance and strength needed for the pitch to be effective. That, combined with his reversion to a lower arm slot, has made him sharp.
  • Entering the ninth with a one-run lead, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Jonathan Broxton benefited from ground-rule double regulations yesterday.
    The St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols singled to lead off. With two outs Yadier Molina hit a ground-rule double. Pujols hadn't advanced far enough to score, so he was called back to third.
    Brox forced a groundout by the next batter to record the save.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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