Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Tim Heaney on June 8, 2010 @ 12:20:00 PDT


Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.


Job security (JS) score 1 (unstable) to 5 (untouchable)
Health (H) score 1 (injury-prone) to 5 (durable)


Arizona Diamondbacks

Closer: Chad Qualls

Understudy: Aaron Heilman

Qualls entered the ninth with a three-run advantage Monday. Despite loading the bases on three walks, he shut the door on 26 pitches for his second straight successful conversion.

San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell
Bell ringin' them up consistently

Don't exhale fully yet: He had also complained about holes in the mound's dirt affecting the positioning of his push-off foot. More importantly, reports noted Qualls' fastball wasn't sinking but instead was cutting out of the strike zone. The downward motion is the righty's meal ticket. What if that disappears?

Manager A.J. Hinch said he might've yanked Qualls if he hadn't induced a double play from the final batter. Though Qualls remains on shaky ground, no one besides Heilman is a threat for saves. The latter should be grabbed everywhere for those who are desperate; he has proven effective even without save chances.

Job security score: 3

Health score: 4

Mound meetings

  • Things were much calmer by the Bay. "Don't Worry Baby," Brian Wilson told the San Francisco Giants. He bounced back from a 35-pitch Sunday blown save for a 1-2-3 closure Monday. He needed only seven pitches.
  • While continuing to fill in for Huston Street (groin, shoulder), Manuel Corpas stopped the Colorado Rockies' bleeding Monday with a one-out closure, his second in two days following a BS Friday. Three straight singles by the Houston Astros off Matt Daley cut the lead to 5-1 and put the tying run on deck before Corpas struck out the final batter.
    Corpas has appeared in three of the last four days but has thrown only 29 pitches in that time. Still, it wouldn't be surprising if he didn't pitch Tuesday because of the frequency of warmups.
  • Heath Bell fought through two hits and a run to close things out yesterday for the San Diego Padres. It was just the second earned run Bell has given up since April 19 (21 games).
  • Lefty Sean Marshall recorded five outs for the Chicago Cubs save Monday on the road. He remained in the game after the North Side's offense padded their lead, making it five, with a two-run ninth.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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