by Bryce McRae
on June 28, 2010 @ 14:30:00
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
Disabled list: Mike Gonzalez (shoulder)
Simon notched two saves (and a win) in the O's series against the Washington Nationals. Neither of Simon's saves was particularly shaky; he didn't yield any hits and walked only one batter in the two innings. Manager Juan Samuel also trusted him yesterday despite Simon having worked the previous two games.
Gonzalez reached 90-91 mph on his fastball yesterday during a two-run, one-inning rehab appearance with Class A Aberdeen. That's still a bit lower than his usual average fastball velocity, but he is hoping to return this Friday, if all goes well.
Whether Gonzo returns to the closer role immediately remains to be seen, but Simon's tenure might not have much more life despite his capable performance in the role.
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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