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.
Jonathan Broxton owners will have more ire for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who said he isn't ready for Brox to return to his stopper role, even after saying Brox settled in nicely during his Wednesday work. "But just to put people in their - quote, unquote - roles as setup man, closer, at this point in time with 30-something games left, that's not really important."
Work to do, Storen Nats for winter
The Blue are five games behind in the NL Wild Card race, so Torre might be content with Hong-Chih Kuo wrapping things up. Hang tight, Broxton owners. Torre could reverse course soon if the righty shows continued improvement.
- Drew Storen needed just three pitches to record the last two outs of the eighth inning Thursday, but the Washington Nationals' rook wouldn't escape that easily. To start the ninth, he allowed back-to-back St. Louis Cardinals singles before a double scored one. After intentionally walking Albert Pujols, Storen hit Matt Holliday, forcing in the game-tying run and blowing the save.
Sean Burnett allowed the hit that scored two inherited runners but didn't yield anything else in a five-out appearance. Storen's last save came on Aug. 15; Burnett's, Aug. 13. These two are the best bets for Nats saves and should be owned everywhere, with Storen taking priority.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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