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It never turns out the way you really want it to, does it? You hope, you dream, you pray, but somehow there’s always a curveball thrown in there that you don’t really expect. Once again, that’s the way it went for fantasy owners who were anticipating a dream match-up of young studs – future all-stars – on the mound on Tuesday night when uber-phenom Trevor Bauer took the hill for the Arizona Diamondbacks opposite the young flamethrower, Andrew Cashner, of the San Diego Padres. The unconventional ways of Bauer mixed with the 100-plus mph fastballs of Cashner built expectations of a low scoring, fast moving, strikeout-laden game that was sure to eventually land in the “classic games” archives of the MLB Network, right? Whoops! Not so fast there, Skippy.
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…
I feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but you go where the action is, and the action is still in the bullpen. We spent most of Friday listening to how Mariano Rivera vowed to make it back…at least at some point…and how the White Sox were already putting Chris Sale back in the closer’s role in an effort to keep his sore elbow a little more fresh. You can pick up yesterday’s column if you want to hear again as to why I think that’s a mistake. But now we’re back in the bullpens again today as Heath Bell blows yet another save and Huston Street goes down with yet another injury. Raise your hand if you’ve got waiver priority and need another closer….because here they are…
If you caught me on the Fantasy Alarm Podcast on Tuesday night with Jeff Mans and Ashley Couturier, you heard me saying that I was getting ready to sit down and watch a series of games I had taped on the DVR and was gearing up to talk about middle infielders. And while I think we’ve got an excellent crop of young guys to discuss such as Dee Gordon and Jason Kipnis, I find myself being drawn to a relative old timer in the fantasy world. In all my years of playing fantasy baseball, I’ve never once owned this guy and yet, for all of the reasons I can give to avoid him, especially these days, I still find myself highlighting him at various points of the season.
After a month-long absence, your Tuesday Night Top Ten column is back…with a vengeance. Ok maybe not with a vengeance, but it is back. In keeping with the tradition, I have compiled ten of the most newsworthy stories and happenings in fantasy baseball for you. Some of them contain humor. Some of them contain advice. Some of them contain useful information. But they all contain sentences, words and punctuation. Now, without further adieu, here is the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball headlines for July 26, 2011.
I hate to kick a guy while he is down, but is it all over for Francisco Liriano? He came into the year with great expectations and he has done nothing but flop on his face and he did so in monumental fashion on Wednesday. Liriano threw 83 pitches in just three innings on his way to giving up seven runs. He did strike out four, but he also walked four in what could only be described as a disaster. I actually had picked up Liriano in a league over the weekend, and I am not ready to jettison him back to free agency just yet, but two or three more starts like this and I will be forced to throw in the towel on him. Try to remain patient, but I can't blame you right now if you can't be.
Happy Hump Day to you all as we are in the middle of another fine fantasy week in the regular season. Tonight on the pitching side we see what could be the end of a closer in Chicago, a major concern in Minnesota, one ace rolling again and another one on the mend. The guys with the bats in their hands see a couple of Jeff's favorites going yard, an under the radar shortstop staying hot, and a change of identity in St. Louis. We also run down some of the guys who let the dogs out tonight on both sides of the diamond. We hope that your teams are absolutely crushing the competition, but if you need some help don't forget that you can send an email which is located in the article below. Sit back, pop a cold one, and enjoy the show!