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.
With a Tuesday two-out save in the books, Kevin Gregg (Toronto Blue Jays) has converted 10 of his last 11 opportunities. The righty, who tormented many a fantasy owner last year, has a 1.80 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and 18 K's in his last 22 games (20 innings).
Along with natural healing from his 2008 left knee surgery, Gregg has improved by putting in work with pitching coach Brian Walton. After studying past video of Gregg, Walton thought Gregg was relying on his curveball and splitter too much. They focused on improving Gregg's sinker and adding a cutter while easing off the other two pitches. Gregg's dominance is at a career high (9.54 K/9), and his pitches per inning (17.77) is his lowest figure since '04 - not a bad combo.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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 LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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