Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on June 21, 2010 @ 16:00:00 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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  • Colorado Rockies interim closer Manuel Corpas gave up five runs without recording an out in a tie game Sunday. He gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning Saturday. His ERA jumped from 2.37 to 4.19 after those two appearances. Corpas' Sunday appearance was also his fourth straight game (totaling 52 pitches).
    Huston Street (groin, shoulder) might be returning just in time. He's expected to be activated Tuesday, though Colorado plans on easing him back in to his old role.
  • Colorado Rockies RP Huston Street
    Do the Rockies need Street right away?
    Houston Astros closer Matt Lindstrom blew his fourth save yesterday. He gave up one run in one inning on two hits and two walks. He threw 16 balls in the inning to just 13 strikes. Manager Bradley Mills wasn't warming up anyone when Lindstrom was struggling, though. Lindstrom was also able to limit the damage to one run from his own bases-loaded jam.
    Righties have done the most damage against Lindy; against them he has a 2.31 WHIP and .381 batting average against. Compare that to just a 1.11 WHIP and .220 BAA against lefties.
  • Ryan Franklin failed to record an out for the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday after giving up two runs on two hits and one walk in the ninth. He didn't blow the save, though - manager Tony La Russa didn't give him a chance.
    Jason Motte was called on and struck out two while giving up one hit to finish off his third career save. He's ratio help for those who need it. Saves speculation is a bit much because Franklin, though not a prototypical closer, has earned a fairly sizable leash.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Lidge gave up a two-run jack by the Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer Saturday. It was Lidge's first blown save since returning from the DL. Jose Contreras, the presumed next-in-line, also faltered Saturday (three runs), and Lidge is probably fairly secure in his job for now.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen can't make it easy on manager A.J. Hinch. Aaron Heilman gave up one run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings Saturday, but he managed to lock down his first save of the year. As shaky as he was, no one can really threaten him in this beleaguered bullpen. Former closer Chad Qualls gave up two runs on three hits in one inning the night before.

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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