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
Understudy: Mike Gonzalez
Gonzalez tallied five outs last night for the Baltimore Orioles, allowing just one hit and fanning one. He gave way to Simon for the last out, but the save situation was wiped out thanks to Gonzalez's fine work.
New manager Buck Showalter said he was playing the matchups and wanted Gonzalez to turn around the opposing switch-hitters. "Believe me, I know the save rule and, quite frankly, it doesn't carry much weight with me," he also quipped. This could spice up what is already becoming a less secure saves hold.
Simon looks like he's still the stopper, but Gonzalez must be picked up wherever possible; maybe Showalter will build on the trust he showed in the veteran southpaw last night.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 4
About Tim Heaney
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.
He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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