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.
Juan Gutierrez returned to his closer post for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday after Sam Demel swiped a closure the previous night. He entered the game with two on in the ninth and a four-run lead; with one out, he allowed a walk, a two-run single and a run-scoring groundout. He escaped after allowing one run on two walks and a knock.
Nats wants Storen to step up
- Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said he was saving Drew Storen for a big situation Thursday, but it never came, and Storen instead worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning with a five-run lead. Storen and Sean Burnett remain the best bets for Nats saves; both should be owned for the final week of play.
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 competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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