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For those of you who didn't hear, I was hospitalized for three days with a hideous case of the flu (throwing up 20 times, and I'm not exaggerating for effect, ain't fun). I'm back at it today, at least I'm trying to be. Fantasy Alarm pays me to be witty and informative. I will not be witty today, so let's hope I will be informative. With this being the first day of May, the season is unofficially a sixth over, let's look back on a handful of players who excelled in April or those who were unable to get things on track. Again, nothing witty, but hopefully there will be some things in here that are at least informative.
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?
Since we’re headed into the All Star break, we’re going to keep it relatively quick and simple here. It’s a short fantasy week coming up and lineups aren’t usually set until Thursday morning, so we can just ease into our Sunday, enjoy the games and then worry about everything while we enjoy watching the spectacle that is the Home Run Derby and the All Star Game.
Just like in real life, fantasy squads depend on the man on the hill to lead their team to fantasy greatness. The problem, as it is in real life, is choosing the right men to lead that squad. In what follows we'll profile five hurlers – Phil Hughes, Matt Moore, Jarrod Parker, Ervin Santana, Ryan Vogelsong – and give our thoughts on whether or not you should be counting on them. We'll then hit on some of the lead stories in the game from Tuesday night including the demotion of Bard, the en feugo bats of Quentin and Rasmus, and the suddenly dominating left arms of Liriano and Pettitte.
When Jonathon Niese started to mow down the Cardinals lineup, I was crushed that I was going to have to hype another Mets pitcher and talk about how the defending World Champs were bested for three straight games and mustered not a single run. Well, considering he only went six innings, he’ll get an honorable mention because taking the place of Mets pitchers for today, will be Phil Hughes, Chris Sale and Trevor Cahill. Not one, not two, but three complete games on Sunday marking yet another Year of the Pitcher it seems. Each one put forth an incredible effort on Sunday, boosting fantasy teams with their pitching lines.
Why does it not surprise me? In so many ways, too. Why does it not surprise me one bit. I’ve spent so much of this week having to discuss Mets pitching, that this was just inevitable, I guess. Johan Santana threw a complete-game shutout against the Padres last Saturday, Dillon Gee has a 1.98 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 13.2 innings over his last two starts, and R.A. Dickey has killed it in his last two outings, going 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA and 21 strikeouts. The three of them have been absolutely masterful, helping both their ballclub and fantasy owners from all over. And by “all over” I mean the greater Flushing area, because who, outside of the die-hard Mets fans living in Queens, would have these guys on their fantasy roster. I mean, really.
It was just 17 days ago when Philip Humber stepped onto the mound for the White Sox and took his place in baseball history forever when he threw the league’s 21st perfect game. 27 up, 27 down. No hits and no walks. Utter perfection. He will have that moment for the rest of his life and the story of how he perfectly disposed of the Seattle Mariners on that fateful Saturday night will be passed down from generation to generation in the Humber family.
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.
Greetings and salutations to the fantasy baseball universe. It is everybody's favorite day of the week (and by everybody I mean nobody), so that means it is time for the Tuesday Night Top Ten list of newsworthy fantasy baseball happenings. We are now in Week 11 of the season which is hard to believe because it feels like just last week was Week 10. So without further adieu, here are your headlines for this Tuesday night.
June means prospect time and today was no exception as one of the most intriguing prospects in baseball is coming to the Big Show. Perhaps he won't be the best, but he seems to be the one that fantasy players have been talking about for a long time. We also have good news for once on an injured star, and a slumping star finally parks one in the seats. We have an established pitcher who keeps getting pounded, while we have news on two younger guys who are looking very strong. Don't forget to check out the pitch streamer for Saturday as so far we have had a pretty good record of success. Can you ask for anything more from Rounding The Bases?