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.
|Job security (JS) score
||1 (unstable) to 5 (untouchable)
|Health (H) score
||1 (injury-prone) to 5 (durable)
Closer: Francisco Rodriguez
Understudy: Bobby Parnell
Lurkers: Pedro Feliciano, Manny Acosta, Hisanori Takahashi
Rodriguez was suspended two games and placed on the restricted list Thursday. The right-hander was arrested after Wednesday night's contest and charged with third-degree assault after he reportedly punched his father-in-law. He was kept in a Citi Field holding cell overnight and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning.
Did K-Rod KO an in-law?
Rodriguez was reportedly upset that he wasn't used in a tight spot during Wednesday's affair. Manager Jerry Manuel was uneasy about adding to K-Rod's workload; the righty had pitched the previous evening. Instead of K-Rod coming in, Manny Acosta gave up the game-losing grand slam.
K-Rod reportedly won't be disciplined further by Major League Baseball but will have to attend anger management classes. As long as that stands, picking up anyone below K-Rod in this hierarchy will likely be a fruitless investment, even for the short term. The Mets will probably play the matchups for as long as necessary.
Job security score: 5
Health score: 5
- Another Philadelphia Phillies save chance, another Brad Lidge closure. In throwing nine sliders in his 11 pitches, the righty went 1-2-3, striking out the final two batters. He hasn't given up a run in 5 1/3 August innings, during which he has fanned six and allowed two hits and no walks.
- Huston Street returned to action for the Colorado Rockies, pitching a scoreless inning in non-save duty last night. He was unavailable Tuesday due to the birth of his son.
- Maybe the Houston Astros will nudge Matt Lindstrom back from the sidelines quicker than expected. Brandon Lyon, pitching during a tied extra-inning game, allowed five runs on three hits in the top of the 10th, recording just one out in his second inning of work.
- In that same game, Billy Wagner blew a one-run advantage and let an Atlanta Braves save chance slip away; at least he backed into the win. Over his last 11 appearances, though, he holds a 4.22 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and was scored upon in six outings.
It'd be tough for the Bravos to remove him during their race for a postseason berth. Speculators on Takashi Saito and Jonny Venters would only see minimal saves return unless Wags encounters health problems.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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