Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Tim Heaney on August 11, 2009 @ 01:00:00 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 - injuries, poor performance and 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 Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

Mound meetings

    Matt Lindstrom, Florida Marlins
    Florida's defense wasn't helping Lindstrom yesterday
  • Matt Lindstrom and Leo Nunez each ran into trouble in the ninth inning for the Florida Marlins yesterday. Holding an 8-3 lead as he started the ninth - his first ninth-inning trip since returning to action - Lindstrom was in line to record the first two outs, but second baseman Dan Uggla (surprising) botched a one-out groundball. Two hits and two runs later, Nunez took Lindstrom's place. He induced a grounder but committed a two-out balk, which scored the runner from third. Nunez put out the fire with a K. Though Lindstrom encountered some bad luck, this is another setback in his quest to steal save spots from Nunez.
  • Maybe we can count Brian Fuentes among our loyal readers. Following our analysis about his iffy peripherals yesterday, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim stopper needed just 11 pitches to retire the Tampa Bay Rays side Monday. He's trying to surmount his frequent second-half fading; his second-half BABIP this year is .250 compared to a .321 in the first, but his command has tanked from 3.78 before the Classic to 0.80 in 7 2/3 frames afterward. Maybe the drop in BABIP is fluky, as evidenced by how hard some of his outs have been hit lately. Obviously, a bigger sample would help, but keep in mind how Monday's game ended: Halos left fielder Juan Rivera had to reach over the miniscule fence to preserve the one-run win. Talk about pushing your fielders to the brink.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers' Jonathan Broxton recorded a save after entering with a three-run lead. Two hits, including a solo homer, made his journey more difficult.

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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