Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Tim Heaney on June 23, 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.

Mound meetings

  • Another Atlanta Braves matchup play wrapped things up last night. With Rafael Soriano shutting the door Monday, Mike Gonzalez hasn't entered during a save chance since June 7. The Braves haven't had much to offer in the category of late, but Soriano has seen the last two true closure opportunities - spread over a span of 13 days. The saves platoon has gone 14-for-18 this year with Soriano botching just one of seven opps. It would be wise to own both - or if you're a fat cat in the category to try to offer a handcuff to the owner of the other member of the arrangement.
  • Brad Ziegler did his best Goose Gossage impression Monday, cinching a two-inning save in the Oakland Athletics victory. Manager Bob Geren told reporters he has been impressed by how Ziegler has bounced back from early-season ugliness. Important note: After Z protected a three-run advantage in the eighth, the A's scored an insurance run, allowing Ziegler to come back in with a four-run lead in the ninth. He still may pilfer the occasional lockdown (smell that, save sniffers?), but Andrew Bailey remains the majority figure here.

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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