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.
Hong-Chih Kuo owners were robbed of a save; the Los Angeles Dodgers' lefty was used in the eighth inning Wednesday and didn't give up a run. He was originally supposed to be in for a two-inning closure, but he threw 22 pitches in the eighth, and manager Joe Torre didn't want to send him out for the ninth inning.
Has Hoffman saved his last game?
Ronald Belisario allowed a walk, a single and a single with one out. A groundout scored a run, but a line-out saved Belisario and LA's one-run victory. Kuo probably won't be available tonight. Tag, Kenley Jansen - you're it!
- The Milwaukee Brewers spread the love Wednesday, allotting a save for John Axford (Game 1) and Trevor Hoffman (Game 2) in their doubleheader sweep. Ax has now converted 23 of 26 save chances this year, and the Hoff puts a crooked number on his MLB-best saves total of 601. Maybe Hoffman will grab one more save this year, but don't count on it.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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