Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on June 24, 2010 @ 13:10:00 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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  • Aaron Heilman blew it for the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday. This blown save came without a hit, though. He walked two and gave up a sac fly for the tying run. Heilman is still a shaky bet to maintain his current role, but the lack of other closing options helps him.
  • Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford
    Does Axford deserve the ax?
    The D-backs' Sam Demel is an emerging option. Manager A.J. Hinch is showing more trust in the newcomer; he used Demel in a tie game in the sixth yesterday and kept him in for a scoreless seventh inning, too. Demel has been perfect in his three appearances for the D-backs. NL-only owners should secure his services; mixed, watch-list him.
  • John Axford kept his perfect saves record intact yesterday with his sixth in as many chances. The Milwaukee Brewers' righty surrendered one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one. He needed 22 pitches in the outing; two days ago, he threw 31 pitches in a two-inning save. You can put Trevor Hoffman in your lineup today, if you want to try to sneak in a save in case Axford is unavailable.
  • Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel based his decision to use J.C. Romero to start the ninth Tuesday on matchups. However, he said closer Brad Lidge is nearer to being "the closer."
    Wait, wasn't he already in that role? Well, Manuel wants to be able to use him multiple nights in a row. Lidge's workload could be more consistent, if he is indeed ready to pitch consecutive days regularly.
  • The Colorado Rockies' Huston Street worked 1 1/3 innings, coming on in the sixth, yesterday. He gave up one hit while striking out one in his first work of 2010. The Rox are building up his arm strength before returning him to the closer's role.

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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