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.
Qualls didn't record an out Saturday, allowing two hits and two runs (one earned, thanks to his fielding error) after entering the ninth with a three-run advantage. Gutierrez cleaned up the mess, inducing a pop-out and a double-play grounder to close it out.
Gutierrez has surrounded falterings on June 30 and July 5 with nine scoreless innings since June 8. Everyone who looks at surface stats must note his serviceable 3.14 post-May ERA. Was that an audition for Guti to step in?
"I guess I reserve the right to change my mind," manager Kirk Gibson said regarding the closer situation. "Do we want to have a defined back end? Of course we do, but we're not there right now."
If you're longing for saves, see if you have someone to drop to see if Gutierrez is the answer. This is a messy situation, since Qualls is still considered a factor. Gutierrez has the baton for the moment, but that could easily change in this frustrating saves relay. If you have to play this game to keep up with saves, you might be switching options frequently.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 4
About Tim Heaney
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