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.
Closer: Jonathan Broxton
More on Brox: He was throwing a 91 mph fastball Tuesday, well below his mid- to upper-90s flames. As discussed yesterday, the 44-pitch count from Sunday might be taking its toll. Manager Joe Torre said Broxton is healthy and that his struggles are mechanical. The righty's velocity is down in general from '09, but sometimes throwing motion restricts pitch speed.
Be patient with Brox. He's elite when he's right, and he has fixed numerous issues like this in recent years and returned to form. The righty still induces grounders at a top-notch rate. There's no way Torre would remove him long term if all is physically right. Now, maybe if Torre kept a calendar on how and when to use him....
Job security score: 5
Health score: 5
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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