Another week of the fantasy baseball season is in the books and we are now well into the month of June. For all of you who are looking for something new with Rounding The Bases, we are starting a new feature in this article as we will now give you a pitching streamer for you to focus on. Since I figure that a lot of you actually read the article the morning after it is published, the streamer will be two days in the future. So today, Sunday, I will give you a pitcher to stream for Tuesday. Once we get into a rotation, I will also post the results of the pitcher that I chose so you can see how I do. So not only will get a great recap of the night's events, you will now have a pitcher that can help you win your matchup each night.
As a Chase Utley owner in one league I have to say that I am deeply disturbed by the fact that Utley stole his third base of the season today. Utley missed nearly the first 50 games with a knee injury this year and there is NO WAY that I want to see him running the bases like that. I NEED YOU CHASE! STATION TO STATION BUDDY, TAKE IT EASY! I don't want to have to go back to playing Omar Infante and the like at my second base spot! Your stolen bases aren't going to lead me to a title, so please, I beg you, stop trying to steal bases. Your friend, Ryan Hallam.
A highly sought after sleeper before the year started, Ryan Raburn hae basically played himself out of regular playing time for the Tigers, and has recently started to enjoy a slight resurgence. He did have a hit in each game this weekend , including his fifth homer of the year on Sunday. He just got himself over the Mendoza Line, but has to continue to improve as time goes on here, right? I wouldn't pick up Raburn at this point if he was dropped, but one or two more good games I would definitely think about adding him. If you do own him, continue to bench him, and keep your eye on his production to see when he is worth putting back into your lineup.
After no home runs in all of 2010, Elvis Andrus is bringing a little power to his game again in 2011. He hit six in his rookie season, and is halfway there already this season. Andrus is also hitting 17 points over his career average, and is a guy that I like to have as your starting shortstop if you didn't get Reyes, Hanley, or Tulo. And I didn't even mention the best part of his game, that Andrus is a thief once he gets on base, as he has 19 swipes already. Now's not a good time to try to trade for him, but definitely a guy to see if you can get if you need help at shortstop.
Don't look now but Jo-Jo Reyes has won AGAIN! After losing 28 straight decisions, that is now two straight in the win column. Of course this one was against Jeremy Guthrie and the Orioles, but still I want to celebrate the guy for staying mentally strong and pitching fairly well. He allowed three runs over 6.1 innings, although he did walk four and struck out just three. He still isn't worth fantasy consideration unless he has a great matchup like this for a streaming option.
Welcome back Adam Lind! After missing a good deal of time with a back injury, Lind came back and went 4-4 with two home runs on Sunday. If he happened to be dropped in your league I would certainly add him to your team, but even with that don't think that he is going to be a guy that you can count on to be consistent all season long. Lind is a very inconsistent hitter, but he has good power and will likely hit 20-25 homers on the year. But don't be surprised if he current .326 average turns out to be .260 or even .250.
Anibal Sanchez didn't pitch overly well for the Florida Marlins on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers as he allowed five runs over five innings, although he did strikeout five. Like I said yesterday about Trevor Cahill, every pitcher has some outings where they just don't have their best stuff, and this was one for Anibal
Drew Stubbs is just a man possessed these days as he is a rare fantasy player who truly fills up all of the categories. He had two hits today to raise his average to .263 (ok, so that isn't great) and connected on his eighth home run and stole his17th bag of the year. He might not have the flashiest name or win any batting titles, but Stubbs just gets it done and there aren't too many guys that you can say that about. Obviously don't try to deal for him on a day like this, but the next time he takes an 0-4 maybe throw something over to his owner. He is a guy that could be worth overpaying for a little.
I have to say that I am getting kinda annoyed with Twins' pitcher Brian Duensing. For a while I don't believe in the guy, then he pitches well for a while and he starts to earn my trust, at least as a pitch streamer, and as soon as I get there he craps the bed a few times. Now, I am back off of his bandwagon again and he throws a gem against the Royals on Sunday. Duensing threw eight shutout innings, striking out four on his way to his third win of the season. I am going to continue to think that he isn't worth adding even as a streamer right now, which to me means he will likely be awesome again the next time he takes the mound.
Miguel Olivo homered for the third straight game for the suddenly resurgent Mariners and now has seven dingers on the season and has driven in 26 runs. He has had as many as 23 home runs in a season, so this power isn't a complete fluke, but Olivo also is generally a .250 hitter so unless you are looking to grab the hot hand at the position and ride him out for a week or two, I wouldn't touch Olivo with a ten foot pole. He is going to have these hot streaks here and there, but overall he isn't a great fantasy catcher at all.
If you are in the business of needing a new catcher, I would be looking to Washington and Wilson Ramos. He got off to a real nice start with his batting average without much power, but now recently he is starting to connect with a little more authority. Ramos hit his fourth home run of the season, and drove in six runs since Thursday. He definitely has a ton of talent and can get you through if you have an injury at catcher, or if you lost Buster Posey he will be a reasonable replacement even though nothing is close to Posey.
Edinson Volquez vs. Doug Davis (CHC). This will be his first start since coming back from the minors, and I think that a lot of established pitchers who come back from being sent down are generally great in their first start back. The Cubs also have sucked horribly lately and Davis is barely a major league pitcher. Give Volquez a shot on this start.
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