Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Tim Heaney on May 27, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT


Also see: Fantasy baseball closer depth charts

In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for the entire season - injury, poor performance or managerial decisions can cloud a team's bullpen picture.

Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which setup men are climbing the depth chart? Any lingering injuries popping up?'s Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when looking for saves.

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  • The Pittsburgh Pirates expect Matt Capps (elbow) to miss at least a couple of days of action after his throwing elbow was smacked by a line drive Monday. No structural damage was discovered, and he was able to lightly toss for 20 minutes this morning. Capps said he feels "good to go," but the Bucs want to see it during a bullpen session tomorrow. If that goes well, he could return as early as Friday. The righty's typical work will probably be assumed by John Grabow, who should be an addition everywhere.
  • Scott Linebrink gave up a long ball but closed things out for the Chicago White Sox while Bobby Jenks (flu) rested due to flu-like symptoms. AL leaguers should keep tabs on last night's closer (Octavio Dotel is the better season-long investment, though), but don't overreact; no controversy here barring a long-term injury.
  • The Oakland Athletics called on Andrew Bailey, and he didn't disappoint with two K's in a scoreless frame. A combination of Bailey and Brad Ziegler looks like their closer direction right now, meaning readers can finally cash in on manager Bob Geren's Bailey man-crush.
  • At least the Philadelphia Phillies are allowing Brad Lidge to work through his problems; he was in line for a night off until an error created a nail biter. Lidge wasn't fazed, though; despite yielding an inherited runner to bring the Florida Marlins to within two runs, he recorded a two-out door slam with a walk and a K. 
  • After the O's built on a pre-existing three-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, a cheap two-inning save by Jim Johnson broke the streak of George Sherrill recordings for the Baltimore Orioles. It's technically a committee, yet mixed leaguers shouldn't jump the gun regarding the backdoor closure; Johnson best serves cavernous AL-only squads.

Also see: Fantasy baseball closer depth charts

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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.

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