Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Tim Heaney on May 29, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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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  • Though the Toronto Blue Jays may be worried about their ongoing slide, manager Cito Gaston isn't worried about a hamstring injury to Scott Downs. The previously dominating lefty blew his first closure opportunity of the season Wednesday, but the way everyone else in the Jays' 'pen has been throwing (5.97 May ERA), Downs' job isn't in trouble as long as he's healthy.
  • A wave of health has fallen upon Matt Capps (elbow); the Pittsburgh Pirates' stopper threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday and felt fine. He could return sometime this weekend. Given he has thrown sessions in the last two days, though, don't count on a return tonight.
  • Yesterday Ramon Troncoso closed things out for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a two-inning performance for his third save of the season. Keep in mind, one of the other two was a four-inning outing. Jonathan Broxton and Ronald Belisario were rested after being overworked, and manager Joe Torre has been using Troncoso in a Carlos Marmol-type role of eating setup innings.

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.

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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