Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Ryan Madson, Dodgers bullpen

by Tim Heaney on May 23, 2011 @ 12:24:08 PDT


What are the odds that you still own the relief pitchers you rostered in your fantasy baseball draft?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series gives you no-nonsense ratings of performances, injuries and managerial decisions in MLB bullpens. Get your arm loose: Let's find fantasy baseball players in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league who'll get saves.

Mound meetings

  • Philadelphia Phillies RP Ryan Madson
    Charlie mad about Madson
    On Friday, Mike MacDougal picked up the Los Angeles Dodgers' first save since Vicente Padilla (forearm) hit the DL. MacDougal retired the only batter he faced after Matt Guerrier, savior of Tuesday's game, started the frame with a three-run lead but allowed two singles and was charged with an earned run.
    Guerrier and Kenley Jansen remain the better fantasy targets in this mess, but MacDougal, while unlikely to run away with the gig, has experience in the role and remains a last-ditch addition if you missed out on the others.
  • Ryan Madson recorded saves Friday and Saturday. Madson's already stalwart skills are now displayed in an elite stopper performance. Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the righty will likely remain closer once Jose Contreras (elbow) and Brad Lidge (shoulder) return.
    Though this isn't a guarantee to last, Madson is convincing Manuel that it's the best arrangement. Contreras and Lidge are still worth stashing in deep leagues if you're clinging to any saves hope possible, but Madson is earning himself plenty of rope.
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