Today marks exactly two weeks left in the regular season as teams, both fantasy and reality, need to make that last second push. So, an injury in St. Louis comes at the worst possible time, a player in Florida seems to be in his last few days with the team, but he isn't letting get him down, and a promising shortstop let me down in the nation's capital. We also have talk of a few middle of the road pitchers and what I expect from them next season, and one of my favorite third basemen and how he let me down this season. The sands of the hourglass have almost run out, but that doesn't mean that you can afford to miss the baseball roundup you know as Rounding The Bases.
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Matt Holliday will miss the next four or five days with a finger injury that he suffered late in the game on Tuesday. The team has said that he has an inflammed tendon in his finger that he suffered in the ninth inning. It hasn't been a banner year for Holliday as he has just 22 homers and 74 RBI, but this couldn't come at a worse time for St. Louis or his fantasy owners. The Cards are 4.5 back in the wild card and need to win mostly every game and the fantasy baseball season is coming down the stretch. Holliday should be back early next week and he looks playable in that period if you have weekly lineups, but it seems you are going to get nothing else from him for the rest of this week.
Evan Longoria homered for the second time in three games, giving him 27 on the season, which is impressive considering he has only played in 120 games after sitting due to injuries earlier in the year. However, the season nearly needs to be called a disappointment considering that Longoria is hitting just .241 even after his three hits on Thursday. Given the situation at third base this fantasy season, you have to still be thrilled with the production you did get out of Longoria considering his multiple maladies, but he will need to hit for a better average in the coming years if he wants to remain a late first round, early second round pick in fantasy drafts. I would still have no problem picking him there in my 2012 drafts.
Logan Morrison is getting to be quite the controversial figure on his own team and it certainly seems that his days in Florida are numbered (which I'm sure he doesn't mind). Morrison has filed a grievance against his team for his demotion in August, causing a further rift between the two sides. He hasn't let it affect his play though, as he hit his 20th homer of the year in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday. I really hope that Morrison finds a new home in 2012 as I think this kid has all of the talent in the world, and I would hate to see his potential wasted by an organization that he just doesn't get along with. Morrison could be one of the top 20 outfielders in 2012 if he is in the right situation.
Morrison's teammate, pitcher Anibal Sanchez, has caught fire once again, even though he took a loss in the game tonight. Sanchez allowed just two runs over six innings and struck out seven, but his team couldn't score any runs to help him out. This is four straight starts that he has allowed two earned runs or less, and he has rung up 28 whiffs over that span. Sanchez still needs to gain some consistency in his performances, but he is still worthy of a roster spot on your team and a draft pick in 2012. Look at Anibal in the last four or five rounds in your drafts next season.
Ian Desmond got off to a great start in the 2011 season, and while he has all of a sudden gotten hot again, Desmond has to be labeled as a disappointment this year. Even with the three runs he drove in on Thursday, Desmond has just 44 on the season, and that is actually more than 20 less than he had last year. His batting average of .251 is nothing to write home about either, and for the amount of talent that he has, this is unacceptable for Desmond. I will still draft him next year though in leagues that require a middle infielder, or if I decide to wait on shortstops until near the end of the draft I will still feel ok about having him as my starter in larger leagues.
He actually got some run support and didn't get the loss tonight, but all in all you have to say that Homer Bailey was pretty awful. He gave up four runs in the first inning thanks to home runs from Carlos Pena and Marlon Byrd, and while he settled down and didn't give up any more runs in his other five innings, he again put his team in the situation where they have to make a comeback and he hurts your ERA and WHIP. Bailey did strikeout nine guys and he has definitely improved in that area this season, but overall I am still not a fan and I will be avoiding Homer again in all leagues in 2012.
While he didn't stay as hot as he was in the middle of the season, Melky Cabrera is having by far his best season to date as he has been given the opportunity to play everyday by the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera hit his 18th homer of the season on Thursday and he brought his RBI total for the year to 82. Not only are both of those numbers surprising to me, but the fact that Cabrera is still hitting over .300 makes him an impressive surprise for this season. However, this is the kind of guy that people get excited about in drafts the following year that always disappoint. Melky was never projected to do this well, and while there are players that surpass expectations, I don't see him being one of them and I see a marked regression in 2012.
Alexi Ogando has certainly struggled at the end of his rookie season, but he righted the ship on Thursday as he threw six shutout innings, striking out four while allowing just two hits to the Indians. Ogando had an amazing first half, but considering this guy was talked about as a possible closer before the season began, I would say that he is holding up incredibly well. I would give him a look as your fourth or fifth starter in drafts next season as I believe that the future for this kid is very bright.
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