Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Tim Heaney on July 15, 2010 @ 12:45:00 PDT


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.


Job security (JS) score 1 (unstable) to 5 (untouchable)
Health (H) score 1 (injury-prone) to 5 (durable)


New York Mets

Closer: Francisco Rodriguez

Need a midseason checkup? The righty doesn't have to worry about competition, but his skills have been in question for some time. This year, he's rebounding, especially in his command.

Cincinnati Reds RP Francisco Cordero
Ready to follow through with Coco?

Increases in first-strike percentage and zone percentage note his rediscovered aggressiveness. He isn't nibbling as much, which is making up for his average heat velocity, which is at a career low. His strand rate is back up, too, another result of his attacking mentality.

K-Rod's 2010 owners should be confident that he can keep this up. Now take a lollipop. That wasn't so painful, right?

Job security score: 5

Health score: 5

Cincinnati Reds

Closer: Francisco Cordero

Next appointment! No real threats to Cordero's job, but he has some disconcerting peripherals. His K's have continued their steady decline since '07. Cordero's control remains a glaring issue.

The 35-year-old, who has 24 saves, is making more use of his fastball, which still sits in the mid-90s on average. Fewer pitches are hitting the strike zone. His grounders are up, but more opponents' flies are threatening outfielders, and his HR/9 is at its worst since 2000.

The absence of true competition - barring a trade - and the Reds' first-place standing mean they'll likely continue to rely on him. Just know that if you hold on to him, his closures will probably hurt other categories.

Job security score: 5

Health score: 5

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Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

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