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Roy Halladay says he is healthy and ready to put last season behind him. Should you believe that? Will Mike Napoli be able to overcome concerns about his hips, get 500+ at-bats, and be a dominating fantasy catcher in 2013? With Frank Francisco's elbow barking, who are the Mets targeting to work the 9th inning in his place? Finally, what will the Indians do at the end of their rotation, and should you even care?
There are plenty of names that are still available in the world of major league baseball. Some names are significant (Lohse), while others are middling (Thome), while still others are flat out snooze fests (Abreu). Still, all could have a league specific role of note so they are worth discussing. Also worth break down is the Marlins' bullpen situation. Could the Fish be looking to bring in some late inning depth in the form of an arm that has accrued at least 25 saves in each of the past six seasons? Finally, what do Longoria and Sandoval have in common? They both have a lot to prove in 2013.
Some serious apologies to those still stopping by the Rounding the Bases blog only to find a major lack of content lately. I had taken a few days off last week and we’re at that point in the year where we’re all transitioning to the fantasy football side for the upcoming NFL season. That’s not to say that we’re abandoning baseball coverage, but we are scaling it back a bit with just a month to go.
It is a long week in fantasy baseball this week as every team is playing the full seven games, and this is one of the first days I can think of in a while where we haven't had a rainout. As usual there is a ton of injury news, as another of the New York Mets is looking at a stint on the DL, as well as much more. The king of fantasy baseball shifted to the other side of the diamond on defense tonight, and a Royals pitcher got absolutely crushed tonight. There were a lot of pitchers issuing walks tonight, and a new closer made it look easy on this night. As the injuries and rainouts continue to mount, it is increasingly obvious that you need to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service so you don't miss out on the important lineup news for the guys on your team.