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Tuesday night was so loaded with action that it’s tough to know where to start here. Do I appeal to your traditional baseball side and talk about the hot, young starting pitching that we saw or do I go lowest common denominator and appeal to your inner thug? Decisions , decisions. Well, why don’t I do both and we can cover it all? And since that Dodgers/Diamondbacks game got pretty crazy and had some fairly big names involved, let’s just lead with that, shall we?
It was like the Year of the Pitcher on the first day of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. The batters were up at the plate with the lumber, but try as they might they were unable to make solid contact in a ton of their at-bats. Which pitchers excelled the first time they took the hill? Which of the arms that did excel should be looked at for big things in 2013? Which of the arms should you be a bit worried about? Should we all be worried about managers curtailing the workload of those arms after so many were seemingly pulled well before their pitch total went into the danger zone in their first outing? We'll explore those thoughts in this piece. What a great sentence.
So the big story as we jumped into the second half of the 2012 season was that Zack Greinke became the first pitcher since 1917 to start three consecutive games for his team in one season. Impressive? Maybe. I’m still sifting through data trying to find box scores and pitching lines for Red Faber, the pitcher for the White Sox who accomplished the feat back in the days of yore, but am still coming up empty. My assumption, though, is that he threw more than eight innings in total for the three starts thus rendering Greinke’s accomplishment a pretty lame technicality more than an impressive feat.
Hey, thanks. It’s good to be back. In case you haven’t noticed, the powers-that-be here at Fantasy Alarm have instructed me to take a little time for myself on days with a short slate of games and save the recaps for days that are a little more chock-full of news and excitement. Not that Monday didn’t have its fair share of news and excitement, but look at how much we have to choose from on Tuesday. There were 33 home runs hit with three multi-homer efforts, 21 bases stolen, five winning starting pitchers who went six or more innings and recorded shutouts, four double-digit strikeout performances and eight, yes eight, blown saves. A big day? I’d say so. Plenty of highs, plenty of lows and a whole lot of stuff in between.
Welcome to the very special Hurricane Irene Edition of the Tuesday Top Ten. Just days after many in the northeast felt the rumble from the earthquake, we were subjected to Hurricane Irene and all of its aftermath. Before you start thinking the end of the world is near because of all these natural disasters, just remember that Adam Dunn and Mark Reynolds both struck out three times since you began reading this article, so all is right in the world again. Now, without further adieu, here is this week’s edition of the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball headlines for August 30, 2011.
On the other side of the spectrum, here are the guys who came on to your roster and absolutely surprised you and led you to the current first or second place in the standings that you currently sit. Most of these guys were players who weren't even drafted but were the diamonds in the rough in fantasy baseball this season. These are the guys that separate the pretenders from the contenders. Below is a list of my ten favorites and how you can expect them to finish this season and how they will perform going forward in the coming years.
We are approaching another weekend in the fantasy baseball season as the calendar gets ready to turn to August and the dog days of the season. Even though you feel lik you have a pretty good grasp on most everyone on your team, there are some guys who are either going to going to soar or swoon in the next two months. We have a rough injury in Colorado, and a guy breaking out in San Diego. We have two pitchers and a hitter who have scorched it in the first half and I will tell you what to expect the rest of the way. There is that news and more in tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
Another week of the fantasy baseball season is behind us, and it is hard to believe it is the middle of May already. The biggest power hitter of 2010 is showing that it was no fluke, while one of the elite pitchers from last season finally gets in the win column. One of the elite power hitters in the middle infield is trying to get on track, while a young pitcher in Arizona is showing signs of breaking out. An aging catcher is on a hot streak, while an injury prone shortstop is doing well since coming back from injury. The season is definitely in full swing so be sure to check out all of the content on Fantasy Alarm to help you earn a fantasy championship.
Happy Monday from your friends at Fantasy Alarm! We have some disturbing news from the Bronx about one of our favorite pitchers coming into the 2011 season, and it looks like it might lead to an extended absence. Tonight I will give you two guys that I absolutely can't stand, and one that I think you need to jump on sooner rather than later. I am declaring myself the leader of a new bandwagon, and also we gloat a little about what appears to be a new closer on the South Side of Chicago.
So much action taking place tonight but perhaps the biggest story of the year is our headline this evening. There are a number of reports that say Manny Ramirez failed another random PED test about a week ago and was about to be issued a 100 game suspension. But Ramirez abruptly retired this afternoon instead of facing the wrath of the commissioner's office and yet another suspension. It is a very sad way to go out for one of the games all-time greatest hitters but it has become obvious that "Manny being Manny" is nowhere near as charming as it used to be. Now let's check out what else happened around the league tonight....