Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Tim Heaney on September 25, 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

  • Luke Gregerson worked 1 2/3 frames last night to wrap things up for the San Diego Padres against the Colorado Rockies. Heath Bell had pitched on four of the previous five days. Gregerson should've already been owned as a speculative or ratio-friendly arm.
  • This book-closing was a little less painful. David Aardsma (back) recorded the save for the Seattle Mariners Thursday after being unavailable Tuesday and ready but unused Wednesday. We guess he liked the ending of that novel....
  • Brian Wilson was tagged with a two-out, two-run, game-winning dinger in the ninth Thursday against the Chicago Cubs as the San Francisco Giants' playoff chances continued to dwindle. That blast accounted for the first runs he had surrendered since Aug. 25 (10 outings).
  • The Detroit Tigers' Fernando Rodney had another eventful ninth: Entering with a three-run lead, he recorded two outs before allowing a walk after which the runner went to second on fielder's indifference, and then a two-run dinger cut the lead to one. A single made breathing heavier before a nice play by Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge ended 'Do-Rod's Wild Ride.
  • Kerry Wood saw his first work since Sept. 19 Thursday (one inning, two K's and one walk), but he hasn't had a Cleveland Indians save opp since Sept. 6.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks CL Chad Qualls
    Feeling queasy thanks to Qualls
    The grisly expanded Chad Qualls (knee) injury details: dislocated kneecap, torn meniscus in two places, partially torn quadriceps off the patella and a torn ligament in his femur. Somehow, the Arizona Diamondbacks righty is ahead of schedule and should be at full strength before Spring Training comes around. This should be on your watch list heading into 2010.
  • Speaking of future considerations, the Atlanta Braves reportedly will not be re-signing Rafael Soriano or Mike Gonzalez after this season, which would leave things open at the back end. If Atlanta doesn't settle for a committee, will this be Kris Medlen's or Peter Moylan's show in '10? Something for next year's speculators to keep an eye on.
  • Early Toronto Blue Jays forecasting has Scott Downs and Jason Frasor potentially sharing save chances next year. We'll see.
  • Manuel Corpas (elbow) is looking like trade bait for the Colorado Rockies, but his value will depend mostly on his potential new destination. Don't overlook his health and mechanics, either.

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.

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