Down the stretch we come! Only two and a half weeks left in the fantasy baseball season and finally the news is starting to slow down. However, at the end of the season we get some new, fresh blood out of the minor leagues and we get two exciting kids on mounds in Tampa Bay and Colorado. Unfortunately, I have to tell you that one of them will be pitching out of the bullpen. We also have news on two returning stars here to finish the season out, and some not so good injury news out of Bean Town. I give you one guy that I was wrong about this season and a few other nuggets in tonight's Rounding The Bases.
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Carlos Quentin has been removed from the Disabled List with his latest shoulder injury, although he wasn't in the lineup for the White Sox. Quentin hurt himself on a diving catch on August 20th, and this is a guy that you have to worry every time he hits the ground. Even with missing a decent number of games he still has 24 homers and 77 RBI, and if Quentin could ever stay healthy he would be an amazing second outfielder on your team. Unfortunately that hasn't been the case so far in his career, and especially his shoulder has always been a concern. I have no problem with drafting Quentin, but you have to know the anxiety that comes along with it.
The Colorado Rockies showcased the big piece of the trade that they received for Ubaldo Jimenez as Drew Pomeranz shut down the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. He allowed just two singles in the game over five impressive innings of pitching. Pomeranz was rocking in the minor leagues as he had a 1.78 ERA and 119 strikeouts in just over 100 innings. I am sure that the Rockies will be showcasing this kid for the rest of the season, so even though he had only two strikeouts in his debut, you can expect that number to increase.
The top pitching prospect left in the minors, Matt Moore has been called to the majors by the Tampa Bay Rays. Moore has absolutely dominated the minors this year with a 1.92 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 155 innings. I know after reading this that you are all excited about possibly picking this guy up, but I have to tell you that his agent has said that Moore will be pitching out of the bullpen so as of now his fantasy value is just about nothing. However, if the news comes across that Moore is going to get even a spot start, he would be an impressive option to stream.
Chase Utley had his second test to see if he is free of symptoms of a concussion and he passed. Look for the Phils second baseman to be back this Thursday when Philadelphia comes home for a doubleheader against the Marlins and a weekend series against St. Louis. The playoffs are all sealed up for the Phillies, so don't be surprised at all to see Utley rested regularly down the stretch.
Kevin Youkilis was supposed to rejoin the team on Saturday, and not only did he not do that, but now manager Terry Francona is saying that Youkilis is also dealing with a sports hernia that will need to be corrected after the season. Youkilis is supposed to rejoin the team tomorrow when they face the Toronto Blue Jays, but that doesn't mean that he will be in the lineup. Continue to keep Youk on your bench until you see him in the lineup at least once.
I have spoken a lot this year about Florida's Chris Volstad, and how I always hold out hope that one day he is going to harness his talent and turn into an effective major league pitcher. And he goes through decent stretches and then proceeds to disappoint me to no end each and every season. Well, he didn't get the win on Monday but Volstad allowed just two runs over five innings and struck out four. This was his fourth straight start allowing three runs or less and of course I am intrigued by him yet again. I am sure that he will let me down at some point, but at this time he might be a decent streaming option down the stretch in his last few starts.
The D-train has officially derailed again tonight as Dontrelle Willis was unable to get out of the fourth inning when he gave up eight earned runs to the Cubs. He had been better of late as he allowed three earned runs in four of his last six starts, but Willis still doesn't have a win to his record. I think that I am officially going to give up on Willis for the second time in his career, as even thought he hasn't been terrible this year, he hasn't proven anything to me either and the only way that I could use him would be in a streaming option.
Every so often I have to admit when I am wrong about a player and tonight is one of those nights when I talk about Aramis Ramirez. He drove in his 90th run of the year on Monday, the first time in three seasons that he has done that. I have badmouthed this guy all year long, especially focusing on his propensity to injury, but not only has he stayed on the field almost the entire season, but he has excelled as not only is he driving in runs, but he is also hitting over .300. He has an outside shot at 30 home runs as well and the only explanation that I can come up with is that I didn't draft him in any league so he decided to have a huge year.
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