Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on July 6, 2010 @ 11:45:00 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.

Mound meetings

  • Arizona Diamondbacks RP Chad Qualls
    Qualls swelling again?
    Are auditions underway in the Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen? Chad Qualls threw a scoreless eighth yesterday, his fourth scoreless inning in a row; Juan Gutierrez surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk in the ninth. Aaron Heilman wasn't used in the blowout loss; he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk July 4.
    It wouldn't be a surprise if new manager Kirk Gibson went to Qualls sooner than later if a save situation comes up. He has few reasons to show loyalty to Heilman, or anyone who can't get the job done. Grab Qualls now, if you haven't already.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Madson (toe) threw two-thirds of an inning yesterday (one hit, one run, two walks) for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and is scheduled to throw again today. He could return before the All-Star break and re-enter the understudy role behind Brad Lidge.

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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