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Whether they’re hot or cold, streaks play an all-important role both in the real baseball world and the fantasy one. You get a player who goes on a hot streak and he can carry your team for a pretty significant amount of time. If he’s on a cold one, you best be getting him out of your lineup fast or he’s liable to do some seriously damage to your team. Cold streaks are always feared, but when you’ve got someone on a hot streak, there’s nothing better. Not only do you reap the benefits in the standings, but the value of the player grows tremendously on the trade market. But like all good things, hot streaks always come to an end. It’s inevitable. And on Tuesday night, one of the better hot streaks we’ve seen recently finally came to a close.
We've played less than three weeks of major league baseball in the 2013 season. Some folks in the fantasy game seem to think we've played 13 weeks. People are panicked over the slow starts of Matt Kemp and Jason Heyward. Others are ready to anoint guys like Jeremy Guthrie and Chris Johnson as superstars in the making. The truth obviously lies somewhere in-between (hopefully that was obvious to you because it certainly isn't for some based upon the interactions I've had with folks). In today's article we'll explore some hot and cold starts and give a few thoughts about the trends we have witnessed to this point of the season. We'll also try and make sense of why the Dodgers continue to hold down one of their best prospects for the junk that they are throwing out there in the infield.
The trade deadline passed on Tuesday, so in order for players to be moved now they have to go through the waiver-wire process which is much more laborious. As things stand the day after the deadline, which players in the NL may have the chance to become significant fantasy contributors in NL-only leagues the last two months? For that matter, what about two potential mound aces in Cincinnati and San Francisco. Could they be the key to your pitching staff making a run in the second half?
If it hasn’t already happened yet, it will, so you’re going to want to make sure you stay prepared. But with yesterday’s news that Roy Halladay would miss six to eight weeks with a lat muscle problem and that he was being joined on the DL by Jered Weaver due to a back strain and that Roy Oswalt was signing with the Rangers likely bringing Neftali Feliz’ time as a starter to a close, your waiver wire should be a hotbed of action. Pitchers are going to start getting picked up at a rapid rate as owners begin to worry about the starters they stream and the apparent lack of depth available at this point in the season. Now obviously there’s no reason to panic, but would I grab an extra starter or two, someone half decent to stash away and leave on my bench? Absolutely. I wouldn’t do it if it came at the expense of a better offensive choice and I wasn’t in dire need, but if the league is fairly deep and you have the bench space, then I don’t think it would hurt to have an extra arm or two available – for your own use or even for trade. It’s just a matter of keeping up with the trends and keeping yourself covered. We’re only a third of the way through the season, so with so much baseball still to go, any little advantage helps.
Today marks exactly two weeks left in the regular season as teams, both fantasy and reality, need to make that last second push. So, an injury in St. Louis comes at the worst possible time, a player in Florida seems to be in his last few days with the team, but he isn't letting get him down, and a promising shortstop let me down in the nation's capital. We also have talk of a few middle of the road pitchers and what I expect from them next season, and one of my favorite third basemen and how he let me down this season. The sands of the hourglass have almost run out, but that doesn't mean that you can afford to miss the baseball roundup you know as Rounding The Bases.
It is now the middle of August and it certainly seems like we are coming down the home stretch of the fantasy baseball season, but oh no friends, we still have six weeks more to go of this wonderful season. I know it is hard to keep focus with all of the fun and excitement of fantasy football fast approaching, but if you are this close to a championship I urge you to hold it together and finish the season strong! We will help you by talking about hit streaks, five man rotations, and who excelled on Saturday and what you can expect from them next season. There is one more day of this week's matchup so why not work into it with Rounding The Bases?
Happy Sunday everyone as another week of the fantasy baseball season is over as we creep closer and closer to the dog days of the baseball year in August. It is the first few days after the all-star break and a bunch of post hype-prospects are really hot right now, read further to see if I believe in any of them. We have a pitcher recently returning from the DL that is looking good, while one of the first half's best pitchers finally takes one on the chin. Finally we have news on why you should have never been worried about Neftali Feliz, and what I think about Daniel Hudson's start. Crack a cold one, sit back, relax, and enjoy Rounding The Bases.
Another Friday, another night with a lot of news that involves the Disabled List. This season has brought with it more injuries than I ever remember. Of course this means that you have to get on board with Fantasy Alarm so you never start a hurt or benched player again! OK, enough of the shameless plug, We also talk about the most unbelievable leader in the wins category, a shortstop who has found his groove, and a rookie who continues to impress. As we welcome in Memorial Day Weekend, it is the perfect time to read up on the goings on in fantasy baseball and set your team up to take the championship, so enjoy tonight's Rounding The Bases.
Well guess we can say, with little surprise, that the rapture didn't start today, and it doesn't appear that the end of the world is upon us. Isn't the world supposed to end in 2012? When was the end pushed up? I guess I missed that meeting. However, since the end is not upon us, it is time to put the focus back on your fantasy team. We have a fantasy ace going to the Disabled List, while one in Philly shuts down the Rangers and another shuts out the Athletics. One of my preseason favorites at third base is heating up, while one I didn't believe in earlier has completely made me change my mind. There is more news on hitters and pitchers, closers and starters and so much more in this edition of Rounding The Bases.
Stop the presses folks, it is time to run to your waiver wire as perhaps the best prospect in the minors is about to show his face in Kansas City and you need to know about it NOW! Besides that we talk about an icon getting a "day off", a couple of young starters who look to turn around the rough starts to their careers, and a closer who seems that he might be on the DL for sucking. I continue my crusade against Lance Berkman and cover everything else relevant in the world of fantasy baseball for this Thursday. Please do yourself a favor and sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to be sure that you never start a benched player again!