We are just two days away from the Fourth of July and we all know what that means....the Coney Island Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition. This year we have a new twist that clearly shows that we have found sexual equality as there will be a woman's only pig out. Now we know that America has clearly come around to be sure that everyone is treated equally. I do have to say that I have to question the young lady who is willing to drop 40 wieners into her body in under ten minutes. That being said there is plenty of fantasy baseball to talk about too, and you will find it here in Rounding The Bases.
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Incredibly good news for the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols owner in that his wrist is showing significant improvement, and Pujols could possibly be back just after the All-Star Break. Pujols was supposed to possibly out at least through the beginning of August, but apparently Pujols also has part of the superhero Wolverine in him (he can regenerate himself for those who don't know. I'm not a nerd, just know this one) as he has consistently healed ahead of schedule in his career. Keep your eyes here for news on Pujols, but it appears he will definitely be back ahead of schedule.
Incredibly bad news, or at least potentially bad news, is that the hottest hitter, Jose Reyes, left the game today with an apparent hamstring injury. Reyes said that he felt pain and tightness in his hamstring and he will have an MRI on Sunday. This is horrendous news for his owners as he has been carrying fantasy teams for the better part of a month. And given the way the Mets have diagnosed injuries over the past two seasons it really worries me that he could miss a decent amount of time. Watching the play though, Reyes didn't come up lame or act like he was shot in the leg, so hopefully this is not a big deal.
Is Jack McKeon having a positive effect on Hanley Ramirez? All of a sudden he has started to wake up and Hanley had the kind of game we thought he would have a bunch of right now as he had three hits, two of which were home runs, and that is now three homers in the last four games. We have been tolding you over and over that he would be OK as the season went on and I think this is the start of that. No need to tell you to keep Hanley in your lineups no matter what.
Fausto Carmona had a variety of injuries after crash landing around first base on an infield hit. Unlike Reyes, Carmona did look like a sniper might have taken him out as he absolutely face planted in the dirt. It seems like this could be a DL situation and the way he is pitching I would just let him go at this point. But try to find the video online. It is kind of painful to watch, but also a little bit funny.
Bartolo Colon came off the DL today and damn it he continues to pitch well when I keep telling you he can't continue. Colon only went six innings, but he only gave up five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out six. I still refuse to believe in Colon and maybe it is just me being stubborn at this point and I could be wrong on him. I don't know what this stem cell procedure did to him, but maybe if I could have that I could be a pitcher too. Ok, maybe not.
I have been bad mouthing the Orioles' Mark Reynolds and tellin you that he isn't worth having on your roster, and all of a sudden he has gone on a little power binge. Reynolds hit two taters today and that is now four homers in the last seven games. I know that is now 17 on the season which isn't bad, but he still is hitting below .230 and has driven in just 43 runs. I know he has these good games from time to time, but more often than not what he brings you is an 0-4.
Andrew Miller won again for the Red Sox, and while he isn't lighting up the strikeout category Miller is pitching very well. He allowed just two runs over six innings, walked two and struck out three. That is now two wins for Miller in three starts and he is definitely looking like he will be a reasonable fantasy option, even if it is just as a streaming option. However, I think that Miller can be a guy that you actually keep on your roster on a regular basis with the run support he will get in Boston, and eventually he should get more strikeouts.
Nyjer Morgan was a single short of the cycle as he is trying to prove himself worthy to the fantasy baseball world as he had his third homer and fourth triple on the year and he has been a guy that I like going forward in Milwaukee. They had him batting second tonight which puts him right in front of Ryan Braun which pretty much guarantees that he is going to get a few good pitches to hit. If the Brewers keep him in that spot, Morgan can be a good help to your fantasy team going forward.
I spoke yesterday about the new fantasy value of Rockies' acquisition Mark Ellis, and today he went out and backed me up by doubling three times and driving in two runs. Ellis has some good power even though he doesn't hit for a good average, and at second base sometimes getting one or the other is the best you can hope for. If you are looking for help at second, I think you can do far worse than Ellis, I almost actually like him in his new surroundings.
Vance Worley (PHI) vs. Ricky Nolasco -- both players are coming off of great starts, but Nolasco has been very inconsistent this season and wasn't great the two starts before his shutout. Worley was incredible the last time out and the Fish are going in the toilet. Worley should be able to flush them.
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