Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Tim Heaney on April 21, 2010 @ 12:00:00 PDT


Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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

Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which relievers are climbing the depth chart? Are any injuries popping up?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.


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


Mound meetings

  • New York Mets RP Francisco Rodriguez
    Specs or contacts, K-Rod no see save opps
    The desert was calm Tuesday. Arizona Diamondbacks righties Juan Gutierrez and Chad Qualls combined for three scoreless, hitless and walkless innings while tallying two K's apiece; Qualls entered in the ninth to record his second save of the year on 13 pitches.
  • Acting Philadelphia Phillies stopper Ryan Madson allowed the Atlanta Braves to erase a three-run deficit in the ninth inning Tuesday, yielding back-to-back homers with two outs.
    Paging Brad Lidge (elbow, knee): The Phils' closer will pitch for Triple-A Lehigh Valley Thursday. His fastball is still hovering between 88 and 90 mph, per Philly general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., but Lidge's slider has improved.
  • A 26-pitch non-save appearance by Francisco Rodriguez (New York Mets) Tuesday marked his first outing since his tumultuous Saturday. He walked two but also fanned a pair in a scoreless frame.
    Speaking of frames, K-Rod will see an eye doctor in the next few weeks to see if he'll try wearing contact lenses again; a Spring Training case of pink eye caused him to ditch them.
  • A Tuesday rout gave the Colorado Rockies a good opportunity to send out Franklin Morales. The interim stopper rebounded from back-to-back blown save chances by throwing a scoreless ninth in the non-pressure situation.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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