by Bryce McRae
on June 23, 2010 @ 12:05:00
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: John Axford
Understudy: Trevor Hoffman
Manager Ken Macha hasn't shut the door on Hoffman's eventual return to the closer's role. The Hoff has five straight scoreless appearances, including a perfect inning Sunday in a tie game. Macha is aware Hoffman is close to 600 career saves and thought of using him in the ninth yesterday.
Instead, Axford worked two innings for his fifth save. He hasn't blown one yet. Macha wouldn't commit to keeping the Canadian as his stopper, though, saying it'll "work itself out." He might receive a day off today, anyway, after his double yesterday. That would give Macha a chance to test Hoffman in a save situation, if one arises.
Stash the Hoff, if you're desperate for saves. His stuff might not be great, but the opportunity could be there. Not much you can do with Axford, at this point, aside from hang on.
Job security score: 2
Health score: 5
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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