It is another glorious weekend in the world of fantasy baseball as we are all trying to make our push to the top of the standings or trying to stay there. Tonight there is news on the best player in baseball and how he is coming out of his early season doldrums, we talk about the guy who might have the best stats to start the season and what you should do with him going forward, and a lot on starting pitchers and whether they are worth holding on to, dropping, or trying to trade for. We finish with two struggling hitters and I will tell you why I still really believe in one, while I wouldn't even roster the other. All of this and so much more in tonight's edition of Rounding The Bases.
Matt Kemp had what you would call a "big day." Kemp had three hits, including two home runs, and drove in an impressive six runs. This huge game got me to thinking what you should do with Kemp if he is on your fantasy team. And I think the conclusion I came to is that you should try to shop Kemp around to see what you can get for him and try to sell high on Kemp. Do you think that he is going to hit 45 home runs and drive in 130 runs? Because that is what he is on pace for. Now, I'm not saying to trade him just to dump him, but I would shoot for the stars to see if someone will give you more than Kemp is worth.
Trevor Cahill had another rough outing for the A's against the Red Sox on Saturday and I think some fantasy owners are starting to worry about him. He allowed five runs over seven innings, but he did redeem himself by striking out eight. He has now allowed 12 runs over his last three outings, but there are two reasons not to worry about Cahill. One, is every starting pitcher goes through rough patches, that is just the way it goes. I always say that pitchers, generally make 30-35 starts per season, and the Cy Young Award winner generally wins around 20 games. That leaves a good number of games where your guy isn't going to be very good. Cahill is having a bump in the road, but it is better for him to do it now than in September. Cahill is also striking out more batters than he did last season, so now he isn't giving up many runs and now he is getting more whiffs to go with it. Don't freak out about Cahill.
Madison Bumgarner has been the very definition of hard luck loser. On Saturday Bumgarner allowed just two runs (one earned) over seven innings, and struck out six on the day. Unfortunately this was not enough to get him a victory. He is now just 2-7 and has an ERA of just 3.42. Those are two stats that usually don't go together. I still really like Bumgarner and think he will finish with at least a .500 record, so if it is possible that he was dropped you definitely need to pick him up, or if he is on someone's roster you should take a shot at sending his owner a lowball offer to see if you can get him to bite.
Let's hear from all of you people out there who were worried about Albert Pujols! Where are you all? I know there are some of you out there. Pujols had a double and two homers on Saturday, including the game winner and now has 12 on the season. That is three in two games for the best player in fantasy baseball, and there is going to be a lot more in the future for this guy. He is the one player that you can pretty much write down what you are going to get from him and not worry about it. He is the best, and you can count on it. If you were lucky enough to trade or him when his value was down, great job!
Johnny Cueto didn't figure in the decision today, but he was good again for the Reds, and has been great since returning from the Disabled List. Cueto allowed just two runs over seven innings, although he only struck out three. He hasn't been getting as many strikeouts since he came back from injury, but he has been pitching much better and perhaps that is better fro him. Cueto will start to miss many more bats and if he can continue to pitch this well, he is going to be a great find for fantasy players as he was either drafted at the end of the day, or else he was picked up off the waiver wire when he was close to returning.
Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam for the Orioles today, giving him eight on the season. However, he is still hitting an embarrassing .189, even though he has 28 RBI. I still urge you to completely stay away from Reynolds and unless you have one of the many third baseman who have been injured this season there is no reason to have Reynolds on your roster. I know the RBI total is decent, but the batting average is so pathetic that he is doing more damage to you than he is good. Unless he is an injury replacement, go ahead and cut ties with Reynolds.
Derek Holland threw a complete game shutout for the Rangers against the big hitting Tribe, and moved his record to 5-1 on the season. Holland became more of a mainstream name last year in the bullpen for the Rangers in their quest for the World Series, but Holland is a starter by trade and is really starting to break out in a big. way. He had a couple of rough outings leading up to this shutout, but Holland is a very talented pitcher who is also on two of my fantasy rosters. He should likely be on yours too if you are looking for any sort of pitching stats, although he isn't a big strikeout pitcher. He is still worthan addition if you can so grab Holland if you can get your mitts on him.
I know it probably seems that I write about Gordon Beckham every time that he hits a home run, but that is just because he is a guy that I believe in him and he is a guy that I will go down with the ship will believing that he is going to succeed. I know Beckham's average of .238 isn't great, but it was just .208 this time last month so he has certainly made an improvement and I still hold Beckham on my rosters and if someone dropped him you need to add him if you need any help at a middle infield position.
Dillon Gee is an improbable 6-0 for the New York Mets as he continues to baffle the National League. Gee has come in replacing Chris Young in the rotaiton and is doing the Lord's work for his fantasy owners. I do have to say that a lot of his outings haven't come against the strongest competition as he has collected wins against the Pirates, Cubs, and Nationals, but it was great to see him beat the Braves today. I would absolutely pick him up and ride him while he has the hot hand, just don't give him too long of a leash if he starts to pitch poorly. Gee was supposed to be a nice young pitcher for the Mets, but no one saw this amazing streak coming.
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