Even when we are live in San Francisco, California you can still count on Fantasy Alarm to deliver the best fantasy information out there. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association Summer Conference starts today, and Jeff and I will be doing a football draft tonight, but we are still of course focused on baseball. We have talk of a starting pitcher who everyone loves that really isn't very good, but was great today. We have a struggling second baseman who looks like he is starting to turn the corner, as well as a couple of starters who might have figured it out. There are those stories and so much more if you dive into Rounding The Bases.
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I know a lot of you are going to get all excited again about the outing put forth by Francisco Liriano, but again I urge you not to fall into that trap. We went through this a month ago when he threw that ridiculous no hitter, and he really hasn't done much since. On Sunday Liriano flirted with a perfect game before finally giving up a run, but in the end his stat line was very impressive. He allowed just one run over eight innings and struck out nine to beat theTexas Rangers. I will give him credit for shutting down such a high powered offense, but the truth is right now Liriano just isn't thta good and really barely even belongs on a fantasy roster. If you have him I would absolutely be looking to deal him and try to get some dope to bite on this great start. It won't happen again until possibly August.
In case you haven't noticed, and I am guessing you have, David Ortiz is having an amazing season for the Boston Red Sox. Not only is Big Papi hitting home runs in bunches again, but his batting average is at an awesome level too. On Sunday Ortiz hit his 17th home run of the season, and with his two hits he raised his average to .325. I can't say that I am 100% confident that Ortiz will keep this up and the old Big Papi is back, but right now he looks pretty good and I have to say that I think he will keep this up so if you have your sights on him I might try to trade for him. Perhaps his owner doesn't like the fact that he is only eligible in the utility spot.
A resurgance is coming in Atlanta, and it looks like Dan Uggla might finally be turning things around and starting to produce like we all thought he should. Uggla had two hits on Sunday, including his eighth home run of the season and also drove in two runs. I know that he has absolutely been killing your team, but the guy is talented and is going to hit. His batting average still sucks at .183, but it is on the increase and you can at least expect him to get to around .220 for the season. Hopefully you have been patient with the guy and he is still on your roster, and if he isn't this might be a good time to try to trade for him before his value goes up.
Miguel Olivo continues to pound the baseball as he had another two dingers against the Detroit Tigers and now has ten on the season. They were his only two hits of the game, and Olivo is going to hurt you in the batting average category, but at this point of the season if he is still available you have to consider bringing Olivo on board to your team if you have any issue with your catcher. He is going to give you a power jolt that few guys can at the position and even though he won't help you in average, beggars can't be choosers at this point at that position in June. I am not a huge fan of Olivo but I have to admit his value right now.
Daniel Hudson remains on the up and down roller coaster that is his 2011 season, but the good news for his owners is that he is starting up on of those big hills on the coaster as he cruised against the Marlins to win his seventh game of the year. Hudson allowed just one run over six innings and struck out six in route to that win, and that is back to back really solid starts. I always have been a little leary of Hudson because of how much people fell in love with him last season, but he has talent, at least enough to be a .500 pitcher or at least a little bit better. I wouldn't target Hudson in a trade, and honestly if I had him I might even be dangling him right now to see if someone else in your league remembers his stellar end to the 2010 season and is willing to pay for it.
I can't believe I am still writing about him at this point of the season, but Chris Capuano is still impressing me. I know it was against the Pirates, but the guy earned his fifth win of the season, and it seems more often than not that he is doing great in 2011. He threw seven shutout innings on Sunday and struck out five, and I don't know how, but his ERA sits at 4.40, but it seems it should be lower. I think in deeper leagues he is definitely worth a roster spot, and in traditional 12 team leagues he is at worst worth using as a streamer. Don't give him too long of a leash because I am still waiting for the bottom to drop out, but use Capuano while he is still hot.
Jordan Zimmerman seems to have transformed himself into a every start viable fantasy option now in 2011 after getting off to a rough start as he was fantastic again on Sunday against the San Diego Padres. Zimmerman threw seven shutout innings, allowed just four hits, and struck out 10. He didn't factor into the decision, but his ERA for the season sits at a sweet 3.10 and his WHIP is at 1.08. He isn't getting this many whiffs every time out, but his 61 on the year isn't a bad total either. I kind of blew him off in April and figured it would be another season or two before he started to realize his potential, but now it appears that even on a lowly team like the Nationals, Zimmerman has some fantasy relevance on a weekly basis.
Dodgers' rookie Rubby De La Rosa won his third decision of the season as he beat the Colorado Rockies in a good, not great performance. De La Rosa gave up three runs over five innings, he did walk three but he struck out six. I am still not sure what to think of De La Rosa yet as far as a regular fantasy performer goes. I know the kid has talent and he can be a effective fantasy performer, but I am not ready to say I have a ton of confidence that he can be consistent enough to warrant a spot on your roster. If you are in trouble with pitching he is worth taking a shot on, but I wouldn't give him too long of a leash if he starts walking a lot of batters or gets rocked more than a couple of times.
Tim Wakefield vs. James Shields (TB). Wakefield is far from a great pitcher, but he will have a handful of very good starts during the season and I think that this is going to be one of them. Shields has not been as good as of late and I think that his regression is upon us. The Red Sox have been scoring a ton of runs lately and this appears to be a sneaky good play
Saturday's result: Mike Minor (ATL) -- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks (ND)
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