Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL
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? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.
Closer: Alfredo Simon
Understudy: David Hernandez
Simon was activated from the DL on Monday. He probably won't pitch today and might be eased back into save chances, but skipper Juan Samuel said Simon is his top choice to close when he's ready. Simon earned that when he admirably filled in before being sidelined.
Hernandez will continue to see work in save situations - possibly even after Simon returns to the role, especially when Simon pitches on back-to-back days.
Add Simon everywhere. Though the O's aren't funneling many closures, Hernandez is intriguing enough for save-hungry rosters if you're running out of options.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 4
Closer: David Aardsma
Understudy: Brandon League
Lurkers: Shawn Kelley
Aardsma had a rough Friday, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning to blow the Seattle Mariners save. His previous outing, June 6, saw him yield three runs on three hits in the same workload.
Despite Friday's blowup and speculation of one squad scouting him, Aardsma received a vote of confidence from skipper Don Wakamatsu, who also said he might use Aardsma in more non-save spots to avoid long layoffs.
The M's offered a cheap confidence boost Sunday by letting the righty punctuate the final out of a two-run victory. Aardsma appears safe for now, but if you're hoping for him to lose the job, League should be your target.
Job security score: 4
Health score: 4
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