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Tim Lincecum is the worst pitcher ever. Alex Gordon has been a massive disappointment. Mike Napoli is flipping killing my fantasy team. I hear comments like that on a daily basis from people. Maybe all of the above is true, but there might also be something else going on here. What is that something else? The most obvious situation that has to be addressed is expectations. Were your expectations for a player reasonable given his skill level, age, club situation etc. Second, it's sample size. A quick example. Adam Jones has been a superstar this year, a top-25 performer overall, hitting .289 with 20 homers, 44 RBI, 54 runs and 11 steals. However, were you aware that since the start of June that he's hit .252 with 10 RBIs an a .681 OPS? Yeah, he's been pretty bad of late. So that brings me to the heart of today's article --- sample size. What does it mean, when is it important, and how should you work with it?
Usually this section is reserved for one item in particular that either grabs my attention or something specific that really sticks in my craw – wow, do I sound like an 82 year old man yelling at kids to stay off of my lawn when I use that expression? – and commands my undivided attention. But with so much happening in the baseball world right now, I can’t even bring myself to focus on just one topic. Blame baseball for being so damn exciting or blame my scattered thought on sleep deprivation. Whatever the case may be, I’m going to break from our usual format and just hit you with some rapid fire baseball thoughts that are wrap up the events of yesterday and impact the fantasy baseball community at the same time.
We have entered the final month of the season boys and girls and we are heading down the home stretch. It seems like with all of the minor league callups this season, the date of September 1st didn't mean as much this year. However, we will talk about the one big prospect that was called along with what we think he can bring you in the last weeks of the year. There is also news on two of his injured teammates, a rehabbing pitcher across town, and a catcher in Bean Town. I give you which major leaguer is the most proned to craziness, and a starting pitcher that I love for 2012. Don't lose focus now with football starting, stay right here with Rounding The Bases.
Why is this man to the left laughing? Good question. No one this side of weather forecasters are doing their job worse than him and still collecting a paycheck. But tonight's article is not just to pound on poor Baldy, he can't help that he was overhyped this year. Speaking of overhyped we have a guy on the South Side of Chicago showing a pulse, and the top closer going into this season on the shelf. We have two Yankees in tonight's piece, one that is pitching his way into the rotation, the other that is playing his way into being traded. I give another rookie thank you tonight for his fine first year and so much more in Sunday's rendition of Rounding The Bases.
It is another exciting Monday in fantasy baseball, and I know a lot of you are thinking that Monday and excitement shouldn't be in the same sentence, but believe me every day is exciting during baseball season. With the beginning of June comes the wave of prospects being called to the majors, and we got another good one called to the Big Show today that is especially exciting if you need speed. We had one elite player finally go on the DL, and an above average pitcher going to get his elbow checked out. Finally, a hard luck loser finally gets his win. That and so much more on tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
It is another weekend in the world of fantasy baseball, and as it seems like every day, there is more injury news on Friday, some more significant than others. There is also news about a guy who seemed like he would be a big major league player this year who was sent to the farm yet again. We have two young sluggers who are just returning from injury, and an aging veteran who is going out on the DL yet again. We have a second year player who is serving notice to fantasy owners, and a second year pitcher who can't buy a break. Remember to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to be sure that you never start a benched player again and be sure to stay right here for all of the best content on Fantasy Alarm.
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.
As we head into the weekend series there is some new news on an injured outfielder and we get the diagnosis on another. A shirt thief pitches well and another returning pitcher deals in Atlanta. Dave Duncan is at it again in St. Louis and a hot start has gone cold. A couple of young sluggers go yard for the first time and the Tribe keep rolling. Of course don't forget about the Fantasy Alarm service where we send player updates directly to your cell phone via text message or right to your email inbox. Visit the home page, watch the video, and get signed up today!