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The Yankees have a few holes to fill, and instead of making big a big splash like they used to, names like Rivera and Hafner are ruling the day. The Padres continue to add arms to their stable, most recently Freddy Garcia, but it's Tim Stauffer who will be garnering most of the attention in this piece. The Angels brought in a guy to work the 9th inning this year that didn't throw a single big league pitch last season even though they already have a guy who appears to be a fella who can handle 9th inning duties if he's called upon. All of that plus the plight of Michael Bourn (where will he sign), Michael Pineda (when will he be healthy) and Kelly Johnson (should you pay attention on draft day to the newest Ray).
I hate using that “any given Sunday” cliché here, but if there’s one thing you can take away from Philip Humber throwing the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history, it’s just that. Anyone, anywhere, anytime….so long as the stars are aligned, I suppose. I mean, how else do you explain a 29-year old journeyman who is on his fourth team in five years and whose biggest claim to fame is that he was one of the prospects the Mets traded to Minnesota in the Johan Santana deal achieving one of the most difficult feats in the game? Even if you were going to turn around and try to trivialize the moment and speak of the ineptitude of the Mariners’ offense and the fact that none of them are batting over .300, your argument still wouldn’t hold water. The moment is too tough to achieve and guys like Ichiro Suzuki, Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley are still too good a group of hitters.
Happy Hump Day fantasy baseball players! It is a great day across much of the fantasy baseball landscape, for once we actually have more players coming back from injury than we have going out because of injury. We have the best player on the planet coming back to the lineup, Boston's favorite son returned to their lineup, and in the Bronx a much needed starting pitcher found his way back to the mound. Unfortunately while the Sox gained a hitter, they lost another pitcher, and in Cleveland one of April's star seemed to be back on track. My pitch streamer choices earlier in the week were my worst since I started doing this, but don't lose faith yet, I will be back. I don't want to ruin all of the fun news of the night, so now I am forcing you to read the rest of Rounding The Bases.
All of our worst fears were realized on Monday as we got the time table for how long that Albert Pujols will be out. I won't say that it is crushing to fantasy teams, but wait....yes, it is crushing to fantasy teams. But there is more going on as a couple of Indians are pounding the ball and one of my favorite pitchers on my least favorite teams was dealing on Monday. I give you a pitcher that will definitely help you in the second half, and another that is sure to crack the starting rotation for his team soon. Finally there is news on a pitcher that helped himself to a victory on Monday and of course we give you a streaming option for Wednesday. You can't miss any of this as we continue to roll in Rounding The Bases.