Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Tim Heaney on September 10, 2010 @ 10:50:00 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.

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  • Florida Marlins RP Leo Nunez
    Stiff neck holding Nunez back
    Yawn. After another scoreless one-inning save last night, Brandon Lyon is 10-for-10 in save chances following Matt Lindstrom's DL placement; Lyon hasn't allowed a run in that stretch, either. The Houston Astros' recent uptick in performance hasn't hurt Lyon's fantasy contributions.
  • Huston Street (Colorado Rockies) walked the leadoff batter Thursday before striking out the rest of Cincinnati Reds' side for the save. He hasn't given up a run in his last seven outings, and since his Aug. 20 blown save, Street has a 1.64 ERA with 10 K's and no walks in 11 innings. Guess that little talk he had with manager Jim Tracy is paying off.
  • Leo Nunez (neck) hasn't had the chance to earn back the Florida Marlins' closer job. A stiff neck has kept him on the sidelines. Keep tabs on him, but it might take a few days for him to get back into action, especially since they want him to throw a bullpen session.
    Clay Hensley hasn't had a save chance in the meantime.
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