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: Chris Perez
Disabled list: Kerry Wood (finger)
Wood landed on the DL with a blister on his right index finger. Will the Tribe be able to trade him? Will he regain his closer job back from Perez? Fantasy owners should stash Wood but be prepared for the fact he might become worthless, based on a possible change in role or address.
Perez, meanwhile, continued his sparkling season by recording his eighth save of the season Saturday. Perez hasn't given up a run in 11 of his last 12 outings, despite some rough walk totals in July. The Indians consider him the future stopper, and he's once again showing it in the present. Pick him up everywhere; he might hold the job for the rest of the season.
Job security score: 4
Health score: 5
Closer: Bobby Jenks
Lurkers: Sergio Santos
Jenks failed to record an out Sunday for the Chicago White Sox, taking the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks. Santos blew the save in replacing Jenks by allowing a walk and the game-losing hit.
After a brilliant pre-break stretch, Jenks has allowed four earned runs in his last two outings. He reportedly threw his breaking stuff too much yesterday. Jenks has blown only one save this year but proved shaky earlier in the season. This outing should hardly boot him from his role or team, given that the White Sox lead the division and Jenks had rebounded well as of late.
Job security score: 4
Health score: 4
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