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It doesn’t happen often but there are times, every so often, that you’d like to see your fantasy team get some credit for defensive plays. As I flipped between several of the games Saturday and then watched the highlight reels later on in the evening, I saw some unbelievable plays in the field. Colorado rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado had, what I thought was, the play of the day as he dove towards the line – full air, full extension – snagged the ball and after what appeared to be a T.J. Hooker-like roll, threw the runner out while still in the sitting position. Catches by Ichiro Suzuki and Jon Jay made the highlights as well, but as good as they were, neither touched Arenado’s play. Obviously it’s subjective as to how amazing you thought each play was which is why you just can’t score something like that at an appropriate value, but worthy of acknowledgement nonetheless.
As bad as some of the pitching performances have been this past week, and believe me, there have been some bad ones, none have stood out as much as Roy Halladay’s pair of debacles against the Cleveland Indians and Miami Marlins. The 2013 road had been a rocky one for Doc, but after three consecutive quality starts that saw him post a 1.71 ERA with a 16:5 K:BB over 21 innings, it looked as if things were getting back to normal. With a two-start week coming to wrap up the month of April and open May and match-ups against what appeared to be soft opponents, fantasy owners thought they were getting ready to cruise into the second month of the season. What they got was a whole lot of disgustingness shoved right up their fantasy team’s WHIP-hole.
So normally, Thursdays aren’t a full slate of games and, like Monday, I should be taking a little quality me time. But with a little time on my hands this afternoon, I thought I’d give you a bonus post here and dole out some accolades for several jobs well done from Thursday night. We’ll forgo the usual fantasy wisdom-filled introduction and cut right to the chase…
Due to my own personal time constraints, we’re going to change up the format for today and just touch on a few highlights. At some point I’ll figure out what day of the week is best to take a breather, but given some of the events occurring on Saturday, I deemed it necessary to discuss a few situations to which fantasy owners should pay strict attention. We can skip the top performers and their unsavory counterparts for the day though and get right to the juicy stuff.
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.
So here we were today with the fourth installment of Opening Day and while there was plenty of action to talk about with the afternoon games, the primary focus remained on Albert Pujols and his debut with the Angels. Thousands of flickering lights illuminated the stands at Angel Stadium on Friday night as everyone maneuvered in the stands to catch a shot of Prince Albert digging in for his first official American League at-bat. Unfortunately for those expecting a powerhouse debut, Pujols finished the night 0-for-3 with a walk and had a very unassuming evening. Angels fans will just have to wait another night for their 240 million dollar man to shine.
To say that I woke up Wednesday morning feeling like a kid on Christmas morning is an understatement. Doesn’t matter how old I am, doesn’t matter how many Opening Days I’ve seen or been to, I get the same feeling I had when I was a kid heading to the stadium for the very first time – pure, unabashed excitement. It’s like Ray Kinsella when it hits him that he’s pitching to Shoeless Joe Jackson. It’s like Ben, Jimmy Fallon’s character in Fever Pitch, when he gets his new set of Red Sox season tickets. It’s like those kids in The Sandlot gazing at either the fireworks or Wendy Peffercorn. Just pure joy; complete euphoria. That’s what the start of the baseball season does to me.
It is the start of Week 13 in the fantasy baseball season and we are now just a couple of weeks away from the All-Star Break and it is time for you to really figure your place in your leagues. It is never too late to make a move unless you have say 28 points in a roto league. Perhaps the best prospect left in the minor leagues got the call today and a couple of Cubs made like it was 1999 today. I will give you a player coming off of the Disabled List that could help your team if he was dropped, and a pitcher that you might like that you shouldn't. It is just a typical Monday in the world of fantasy baseball so enjoy Rounding The Bases.