Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Tim Heaney on September 2, 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 - 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.

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  • Brad Lidge looks to be back on track, but the Philadelphia Phillies look to be grooming another backup option. Brett Myers (hip) locked the door with a perfect inning Tuesday at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, striking out the last two batters and touching 92 mph on the radar gun. Myers noted he hasn't felt pain in his hip for a month. With his callup eminent, he'll soon be an urgent pickup in deep leagues, for speculation or reliever streaming.
  • He gave up a run for the second straight game Tuesday, but Rafael Soriano closed the door for the Atlanta Braves. Soriano has now given up four hits and two walks in his last three innings of work. He yielded a leadoff dinger and a walk in consecutive at-bats but whiffed the next batter and induced a GIDP. You hate to speculate an injury, but is his shoulder bothering him again?
  • St. Louis Cardinals CL Ryan Franklin
    The Cards will keep Franklin around
    Ryan Franklin celebrated his newly inked extension by yielding two runs in a rough closure last night; he now leads the NL with 37 saves. The St. Louis Cardinals retain Franklin's rights through 2011. With the way Franklin has performed this year, it's hard to think the organization would move away from Franklin in the closer role, meaning Franklin has a bit more security in keeper leagues. Of course, there's always John Smoltz....
  • Just like his name, Frank Francisco pulled double duty last night, wrapping up both ends of the Texas Rangers' doubleheader with the Toronto Blue Jays. On 23 pitches in two one-frame appearances, Frank-squared gave up one hit while fanning one.
  • Carlos Marmol is riding a similar efficiency streak. Despite allowing a leadoff single last night, the lanky righty struck out the side to register his third save in as many attempts since taking over the role for the Chicago Cubs.
  • Last night Joakim Soria logged two innings for the fourth time in his last seven outings, letting an inherited runner score while walking two and fanning four; still, he gave up only one hit for the Kansas City Royals save. He tossed a career-high 45 pitches in his first appearance since Aug. 24; he was slated to receive work in this game anyway. Soria said he felt fine after the outing.
  • Jonathan Broxton worked around a hit for his 30th save of the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers last night. He has now pitched on three straight days for a combined 56 throws. It wouldn't be surprising if someone else were asked to wrap things up if needed tonight - George Sherrill, maybe?
  • We saw another Jerome Holtzman Special Tuesday as the Cincinnati Reds used Micah Owings for a three-inning save. He started out with a five-run lead.

Also see: Fantasy baseball closer depth charts

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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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