It is the start of Week 13 in the fantasy baseball season and we are now just a couple of weeks away from the All-Star Break and it is time for you to really figure your place in your leagues. It is never too late to make a move unless you have say 28 points in a roto league. Perhaps the best prospect left in the minor leagues got the call today and a couple of Cubs made like it was 1999 today. I will give you a player coming off of the Disabled List that could help your team if he was dropped, and a pitcher that you might like that you shouldn't. It is just a typical Monday in the world of fantasy baseball so enjoy Rounding The Bases.
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While the Yankees just celebrated Old Timer's Day on Sunday, the Cubs seemed to be doing the same with balls flying out of the yard. Both Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez hit two home runs on the day as it marked two guys who used to have much more fantasy value turning back the clock. While Pena still can turn things around and bring you a decent amount of power, I really have no faith in Aramis Ramirez going forward, but Pena does have nine home runs this month. However, I would be using this opportunity with Aramis having a big name to try to trade him to anyone who might bite. He has just eight on the season and two came today. If Ramirez were to top 15 bombs I would say that is a good season and obviously that is a far cry from what he used to be. That doesn't even take into consideration that he hasn't had his usual two month trip to the DL yet.
FINALLY! I have been waiting for more than a month for the Indians to call up their prized prospect and finally it has happened. For all of you who need help at third take a look at Lonnie Chisenhall. He isn't ever going to win a batting title, but the guy isn't Mark Reynolds either. Chisenhall also won't hit 30 home runs, but he brings a decent amount of power to the party and is likely to hit 20-22 homers in a full season. He should hit about .270 in the majors as well, although Lonnie isn't going to run or bring you steals. I really like Chisenhall, especially for his plate discipline and I think his talent will translate to the majors. Pick him up if you have any sort of roster spot that isn't contributing to your team.
The St. Louis Cardinals have activated David Freese from the Disabled List and he should be able to bring help to all kinds of fantasy teams who need help at third base. He might have been stashed by the owner who had him since Freese was hitting for such a high average, but I am warning you that the average will drop to about .315 and he isn't going to hit more than 10-15 home runs. If you have any trouble at third base, Freese is a decent option considering all of the injuries at the position. He is best served as a corner infield option, but in the right situation could be a starter.
Mike Leake continues to pitch well since being brought back from the minor leagues, and at this point he has to be worth a roster spot at this point. Leake threw six shutout innings, walked just two and struck out three. Leake was a hot mess to start the season, but has completely turned it around and at this point I think you should add him to your roster if you are looking for any help for you pitching staff. He isn't going to rack up the strikeout numbers, but the dude knows how to pitch and should always get good run support.
I believed that I warned you about putting too much faith into Nick Blackburn and on Monday you found out why. Blackburn has had a pretty decent season, but overall he really isn't that good of a pitcher. The bankrupt Dodgers put an ass whipping on him as Blackburn allowed seven runs over just 4.1 innings, walked one and struck out just one. He does get on some hot streaks from time to time, but Blackburn is mostly an average pitcher at best, and doesn't get many strikeouts and therefore must be awesome to have fantasy value. I would cut Blackburn free and use him only as a streamer, he isn't that good of a pitcher.
While you wait for the Blue Jays to call up Brett Lawrie once his injury heals, perhaps another Toronto rookie, Eric Thames, can help you out. He has been in the majors for a bit now and he is taking over an everyday job in the outfield. Thames hasn't shown any power in the majors yet, but he is getting on base at a great clip, and eventually the home run power he showed in the minors will come through. Thames isn't a hot shot prospect and he is going to get a boat load of playing time with Bautista moving to third base, and if you need outfield help in deeper leagues he could be your guy.
Chris Capuano vs. Phil Coke (DET) -- Capuano has had a really good season for the Mets and the Amazins have actually started playing good baseball of late. More often than not Capuano has put up a quality start so there is a decent chance he can win, especially against Coke who isn't a starting pitcher in my opinion. Capuano should be a great streaming option here.
Monday's result--Brandon Beachy (ATL) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 Ks (W)
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