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So far we’ve seen a nice , steady influx of top rookie talent brought up this season, between Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Anthony Rizzo and Trevor Bauer, just to name a few. Fantasy owners in keeper leagues are drooling over this youth infusion we’re getting and you can’t really blame them. The talent level is ginormous. So in the spirit of this fabulous youth movement, the Padres have joined in the fun and brought back up one of the top catching prospects in the game and it looks like they’re actually going to play him this time around. That’s right, San Diego finally grew tired of watching Nick Hundley try to pull himself out of a season-long funk and have decided to send him down to the minors to work things out. In exchange for Hundley, they’ve brought up Yasmai Grandal, a future-star behind the plate.
While living a block off the ocean has very little drawback for me, there are moments where it seems to get in the way of my relationship with you, the readers. Especially when the high winds and the salty mist that envelops my neighborhood join forces to thrash my internet connection and, quite often, overall power. It’s not that I didn’t want to spend my time recapping with all you the other day because you know I did. It’s that I couldn’t. Trapped somewhere in the Dark Ages wondering how in the world we got along so well over the years without internets and laptops and RSS feeds and Twitter and all that stuff.
To a certain extent, every player is an injury risk. They are grown men, playing a game, throwing their bodies around with reckless abandonment. They get hurt. That’s just fact. But obviously, there are some that are riskier than others and for all intents and purposes; Josh Hamilton is the riskiest of them all.
Four players will be the focus of today's article. Brian Roberts has finally returned from his concussion woes and inquiring minds want to know – what should we expect from the former fantasy star? There's a hitter out there that has numbers that should blow your socks off, so why is no one impressed? Alex Rios is a five category option in the fantasy game as he's rebounded from a down 2011 to return to his previously impressive levels. Brandon Morrow is hurt, and I'm ticked off about that. Finally, an I bet you are wondering, why on earth is Lil' Kim referenced in the title of this piece? Read on to find out how she connects with the FSTA event that was just held in San Francisco.
So that’s a wrap for our first round of interleague baseball and I have to say, we saw some pretty good ball played this weekend. There were plenty of standout hitters, some amazing pitching performances and even a few stokes of the ol’ rivalry fires. The White Sox shows the Cubs who the boss of Chicago was, the Reds took down the Yankees in 2-of-3, and how about the Mariners opening a can of whup-ass on the Rockies this weekend? Fantasy-wise, we saw plenty of action from the usual suspects and a few shining moments of surprise as well. Sunday certainly didn’t disappoint as the capper for the weekend, so let’s get to the highlights, shall we…?
Interleague is bringing out the best in a lot of players right now and we’re seeing some real good ball played here. I’m in weekend quick-wrap mode though, so let’s just get right to the action. A few nominees for top honors this week as several pitchers had tremendous outings and a number of hitters kicked in to do their part. So without too much build-up or fanfare, let’s just get right to it…
After throwing his 122nd pitch of the night and watching Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton weakly ground out to shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, Brandon Beachy stepped off the mound and celebrated with his teammates, leaving no doubt as to whom the ace of the Braves staff was this season. It was his fifth win of the season, first complete game, seventh quality start in eight games started, and the fourth time he pitched a minimum of seven innings. With a 1.33 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP, Beachy has established himself as one of the best in the game right now and is giving fantasy owners plenty to smile about.
And here we are at another Sunday morning. Time to look at the news and highlights from Saturday and start thinking about that lineup for next week, including Sunday FAAB claims that likely have to be in at some point today. We’ve got plenty of stuff to cover here, so rather than juts harp on one topic in particular, we’re going to run through yesterday in more of a “stream of consciousness” here and cover as much as we can. There are highlights, lowlights, jobs changing hands and of course, a few key injuries we’re going to have deal with. So let’s get to it…
Is it just me or did Wednesday seem to be the most boring baseball day we’ve had this year? I mean, don’t get me wrong – there’s really nothing boring about watching a bunch of games and staring at the live scoring for your fantasy team, but where was the drama? Where was the excitement? Where was the four-home run day? Where was the perfect game, or at least the no-hitter? Not even a complete game shutout? Come on. The most dramatic moment we had was watching David Robertson show us that, no matter how good he may be, he’s no Mariano Rivera. And that probably doesn’t come as a shock to any of us.
We are just two days away from the All-Star Break, but of course these games are still important as all of the news keeps rolling in. One of the top prospects left in the minors is coming to the majors, but his manager has already said that his stay won't be long. Another Red Sox pitcher goes down, which another AL pitcher takes one on the chin. One of my big man crushes is living up to my love, even if he didn't make the All-Star Break. A first round fantasy pick is finally waking up, while a guy we took a few rounds later is still disappointing. My pitching streamer from the other night didn't get the win, but it appears I am back on track as he still pitched really well. There will only be one more article before the Break so enjoy tonight's Rounding The Bases.