TGIF is what we are thinking as another work week comes to a close, but there is always plenty going on in fantasy baseball. We are now nearly in the middle of June and the pretenders are starting to fall in the standings of your leagues. Even if you are one of those, it is never too late to try to turn your team around and make a charge to the top if you can make a few good waiver moves as well as make a good trade or two. It also never hurts if your competition suffers some injuries, which by the way things are going, seems kinda likely. I know you notice the picture of Buster Posey attached to this article, but you won't find any news about him tonight. This was just a way to let the young catcher know just how much we all at Fantasy Alarm miss him and wish him a speedy recovery. There is still plenty of relevant news for you to read, so without further ado, here's Rounding The Bases.
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Clay Buchholz was pushed back a couple of days because of a bad back, but he came out on Friday and pitched great. Buchholz went to 5-3 after he allowed just one run over seven innings and struck out six. I still like Clay as a third starter on your fantasy team, even though he doesn't get a ton of strikeouts. Buchholz has finally gotten himself on track and is back towards having another strong season. He isn't the best pitcher in fantasy, but Buchholz is a great third pitcher on your team.
Dillon Gee is a man on a mission as the Mets' rookie pitcher is now 8-0 with another very impressive performance. Gee kept the Pirates in check all night as he allowed just one run over eight innings and struck out five without walking a batter. This obviously can't continue, Gee isn't going to go 25-0, but I think he has good stuff and has a shot at 13 wins. I would definitely pick up Gee and ride him while he is hot and give him a decent leash before letting him go.
J.J. Hardy led off for the Orioles tonight and had a very good night as he hit his sixth home run of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays. That might not sound like great numbers, but don't forget that he missed the first month of the season due to injury, so he has done this in just 34 games. I still see Hardy available in a lot of leagues, but right now he is looking like the guy that was a 20 homer threat a few years back, and I wouldn't hesitate to put him on my roster and start him if I had any issues at short.
Don't look now, but Jake Arrieta is 8-3 after one of the best outings of his career. Arrieta allowed just two hits over seven innings and struck out four Tampa Rays on Friday and looked pretty good doing it. His ERA is still well over 4.00 so it isn't like he is dominating his competition on the way to this great win/loss record so keep that in mind when evaluating Arrieta. I really like the kid and his future, but right now I definitely see a regression in his future. He also doesn't get a ton of strikeouts, and I know that it seems that I am killing him here, which I am not, I just want to be sure all of you don't go crazy in an attempt to acquire Arrieta based on a great outing and a good number of wins.
Carlos Peguero is pretty much doing exactly what we told you that he would when he came to the majors. We told you that he would hit for some power, and his batting average would be terrible. Lo and behold, through 26 games he now has five home runs (after his bomb on Friday), two triples, and he is hitting .238. He rarely sees a pitch he doesn't like as he has walked just five times which striking out 25. I still don't think Peguero is worth rostering right now unless you are in an AL-only league, but he is someone that you definitely need to keep your eye on. If he gets on a hot streak, he could carry your team for a short period of time.
Placido Polanco had started to cool down and had only driven in four runs in the past ten games, until Friday night. He still only had one hit, but it was a grand slam as the Phillies beat the Cubs. I still think that this is the sign of Polanco coming back to life, and if you have any hopes of trading him for another third baseman or middle infielder, this could be the best time to do it. I have continued to not believe in him and even if he will hit for a good average I think the best part of his season is behind him.
Freddie Freeman has been tearing the cover off of the ball, and he hit three hits on Friday, including his sixth home run of the season. After a really rough start to the year, Freeman is starting to come into his own and showing what he is capable of. Freeman isn't ever going to win the home run title, but he is going to hit for a good average and get a decent number of home runs. I wouldn't want Freeman as my every day first baseman, but as a corner infielder or perhaps a utility he fits just fine.
All of you who were frustrated with Brett Gardner, I hope you didn't drop him because he is starting to hit, and more importantly, run. Gardner had two hits on Friday to raise his average to a more respectable .259 and he also stole two bases to raise his season total to 13. This guy is too talented not to hit all year, and I still think he can raise his batting average another 30 points by the time the season is over. I think if you have him on your bench it is time to plug him in with confidence as he should be what we expected going forward.
Philip Humber vs. Guillermo Moscoso (OAK). Humber has had some stretches of really good starts this season, and he has been pretty good lately, including a one run over nearly eight inning performance last time out. I think that he can continue this trend, and he is facing a light hitting Oakland team with a pitcher I have no faith in. Put that together and I think you have yourself a good streamer.
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