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Given the way the Red Sox pitching staff has opened the season, it’s hard to argue against any decision John Farrell makes. So when he opted to go with Junichi Tazawa for his new closer instead of the well-proven Koji Uehara, there was little backlash from the fantasy community. Sure, there were some grumblings from the eager-beaver waiver hounds who remain glued to their league’s waiver wire and snatched up Uehara moments after Joel Hanrahan was hurt, but most of them were still fairly quick on the draw the following morning when it was announced that the choice made was actually Tazawa.
So I had just finished watching the first wave of games on Wednesday night and was going to get a jump on my article. Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey just pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout, his second complete-game shutout in his last three outings, and had now gone four straight starts without allowing a single earned run. And as a topper, his 12 strikeouts gave him a total of 50 over his last five starts. Right? How do you not lead with that when doing a recap article of the night’s baseball highlights?
I've been saying it for years - get rid of the macho attitude and just get on base. Turns out that my message may have finally reached Mark Teixeira. What will the Nationals do with Bryce Harper to start the 2012 season. Could he actually break camp as a member of the starting lineup? The Astros signed Livan Hernandez. How does that move impact the rest of the Astros' rotation? And finally, I know he's coming off a terrific season, but just how good is this Adrian Beltre fella?
It is the end of another week of the fantasy baseball season and boy is there a lot of news today! We have one closer who is finally back active and pitching for his team, while another looks like he totally doesn't belong in the ninth inning anymore. We have a shortstop returning from injury, and a third baseman that I have a personal crusade against and will tell you not to bother with him. Not only that but we have a ton of pitching to talk about as always, some good, some not so much. So crack a cold one on this Memorial Day Sunday because hell, you don't have to work tomorrow!
Another wet day in Major League Basebal, but for once we actually got through the day without a game spoiled by rain. It was an interesting day in fantasy baseball, as the Mets continue to fail to do what they have done in their history, a Reds slugger has a double, while an old MVP goes for three. A couple of Orioles hit the DL, and last year's batting champion leaves the game early. One of the finest middle infield prospects goes yard, while a Rangers' pitcher continues to look good. It is another successful day in Major League Baseball and one that you need to catch up on all of the news in Rounding The Bases.