by Bryce McRae
on June 24, 2010 @ 13:05:00
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: Kerry Wood
Understudy: Chris Perez
Wood's leash might have shortened a bit after last night's blown save, but manager Manny Acta is sticking with him. "He saved a game in Pittsburgh [last weekend], and we were happy about that," Acta said. "These things get out of hand when you're talking about three or four blown saves in a week."
The Pittsburgh Pirates' bats aren't exactly the toughest to shut down. The Indians are still trying to unload Wood, too. Removing him from the job would decrease his trade value, so expect them to have more patience than a fantasy owner does.
Perez likely will be the Tribe's 2011 closer, and Cleveland probably will give him a shot in the ninth again this year. Stash him if you have the room; he's ratio help until he closes.
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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