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.
Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has been pondering a removal of Leo Nunez "for a long time," adding, "If I had a little bit more options, [Nunez] would be the setup guy right now." Yesterday Rodriguez noted location is Nunez's big problem. Not long ago, he cited Nunez's over-reliance on secondary stuff, most recently his changeup.
Nunez has been teetering for a while
Nunez has allowed four homers in August, previously allowing just one all year. His eight blown saves are tops among MLB closers. Keep Jose Veras and Clay Hensley close.
- Matt Lindstrom (back) hopes to be activated by the Houston Astros later this week if a Tuesday rehab outing for Double-A Corpus Christi goes well. The righty has been doing stabilization exercises and is pleased with his progress. "I feel like I did the first half of the season."
Maybe the $5,000 he spent on a new bed is helping. "After games I was struggling to get comfortable and would wake up four or five different times during the night," he said. Lindstrom owners might be counting sheep more easily soon. Brandon Lyon owners, however, shouldn't give up their dreams of Lyon not getting another save once Lindstrom comes back.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers' Hong-Chih Kuo preserved a one-hitter for Hiroki Kuroda last night with 1 1/3 innings of savior work. Other than a blowup in an Aug. 16 loss, Kuo has not given up a run this month. He's allowing manager Joe Torre to ignore pleas from Jonathan Broxton owners to return the righty to closing.
- Brian Wilson, on the other hand, blew the San Francisco Giants save and took the loss Monday. With a runner on first, Wilson threw a 96 mph fastball that shattered the bat of the Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez. Outfielder Cody Ross ran in, thinking the ball would be weakly hit, but it sailed over his head, and Fowler scored.
Insult to injury: Gonzalez was hit with a throw while sliding into third and was awarded home for the winning run when the ball rolled into the camera well.
- The Colorado Rockies' Huston Street converted his fourth straight save chance after his mid-August rough patch. It didn't come comfortably, though. The first batter hit a fly ball that died at the warning track, and after a groundout, Street snared a line drive hit back to the mound to end it.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
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