by Bryce McRae
on June 21, 2010 @ 16:00:00
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: Alfredo Simon
Understudy: David Hernandez
Disabled list: Mike Gonzalez (shoulder)
Friday, Hernandez was called on to lock down his third career save. A four-pitch walk started off the inning, which ended with a "BS" in the decision column for Hernandez. He gave up four hits and allowed two runs.
In the previous inning, Simon had been used against two batters. He struck them both out. When another save situation presented itself Saturday, interim manager Juan Samuel used Simon. He gave up one run on one hit and one walk.
The plan was to ease Simon back into closing. He's back as the ninth-inning option, per Samuel. His skills are stronger than Hernandez's, anyway, so he was always the safer, long-term bet. If available, pick him up. Hernandez would be next in line if Simon needs a day off.
Gonzalez is scheduled for a simulated game today and could pitch in a couple of Gulf Coast games before starting a minor league rehab assignment in a week to 10 days. He could return in the O's final road trip before the All-Star break.
Job security score: 2
Health score: 4
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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