Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Tim Heaney on August 13, 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? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

Key

Job Security (JS) score
Health (H) score
1 (unstable) to 5 (untouchable)
1 (injury-prone) to 5 (durable)

 

Florida Marlins reliever Matt Lindstrom
Lindstrom: still searching for consistency

Florida Marlins

Closer: Leo Nunez

Next in line: Matt Lindstrom, Dan Meyer

Other possibilities: Kiko Calero, Brendan Donnelly, Brian Sanches

The Marlins didn't require a save chance last night, but that doesn't mean the work isn't continuing for Lindstrom. The triple-digit heat thrower is working on keeping his shoulder tucked during his delivery along with using his slider and splitter better while providing a more random mix of his arsenal. He was also struck on the foot with a comebacker Monday; the paw was bruised Tuesday, but Lindstrom says he's fine.

Though Nunez finally blew his first save Tuesday since becoming the closer, his means of closing the door of late don't offer much confidence. This should remain atop your list of bullpens to watch.

Nunez had worked during four of five days heading into last night's game and wasn't needed during the blowout loss. His day off, combined with Lindstrom's rough outing Wednesday (solo homer and a double allowed in a meaningless eighth), will probably stall Lindstrom's road back to save situations.

Job Security score: 2

Health score: 4

Mound meetings

  • Francisco Rodriguez had another spotty go in his typical New York Mets role last night, but the 19-pitch outing wasn't as rough as you'd think. He gave up a leadoff single, recorded a K and induced a flyout before the leadoff runner moved to second on defensive indifference. An RBI single cut the lead to two runs before K-Rod fanned the final batter. With the DI helping the only run to score, it wasn't that big of a deal.
  • Keep an eye on the Washington Nationals' first-rounder to make a fantasy impact late in the 2009 season. No, not THAT guy. Meet Washington's closer of the future; righty Drew Storen, the 10th overall pick this year, has already been promoted to Double-A Harrisburg. The 22-year-old former Stanford closer may be fast-tracked; he has a 2.81 ERA in 25 2/3 innings, during which he has fanned 37 and walked ... two. For more on Storen, check out this week's Fantasy Baseball Minor League Report.

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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