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The good news is that here on Monday, the games don’t start until 7pm (ET) so you can really take your time and study up on things before you have to set your lineup for the week. The bad news is that there’s a lot going on that you’re going to have to stay on top of during the day in order to set that lineup properly. Between Ryan Braun’s thumb injury and Hanley Ramirez’ hamstring MRI to the debuts of Gerritt Cole and Zack Wheeler, there seems to be a lot happening right now. Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison are headed back from the DL this week. Ike Davis? He’s in Triple-A. Brandon McCarthy? Still suffering seizures. Matt Kemp won’t return from his injury on-time, Ian Kinsler is finally working his way back from his and good ol’ Chase Utley is right on schedule for his mid-June return. Are you writing this stuff down?
Welcome to Saturday morning and this week’s edition of Pitcher Appreciation Day. We’re doing it today, because as we look through the top performers from Friday’s games, you’ll see that there were some phenomenal outings, some killer pitching lines and not a single high-ranking ace was among the names. It stands as further evidence that you can find plenty of quality starting pitching out there and a large investment in someone named Kershaw, Price, Hamels or Verlander isn’t always a necessary thing. Now will all of these guys continue to perform at such an incredibly high level? Probably not, but they are all capable of posting strong numbers the rest of the way and collectively, could make up the bulk of an outstanding fantasy rotation.
We love stars. We fall all over our self to see them perform, trample little kids to get their autographs, and hang their pictures on our walls (come on, you remember your Elle Macpherson Sports Illustrated pictures that adorned your walls). Today I'll give my thoughts on a handful of fellas who have names that might outpace their actual production in 2012.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and past and we have the news and analysis on all of the major deals right here on Fantasy Alarm. Someone in a New York state of mind took a pitch in the hand, the Orioles do more dealing to clear a starting spot for their newest acquisition, and the biggest pitching name on the market is finally moved. A middle infield prospect goes yard, a former first round pick pitches well but could be shut down, and one of the fastest guys in the majors has a new address. We now officially have just two months left as we head into August so maintain your lead by reading Rounding The Bases.
Even when we are live in San Francisco, California you can still count on Fantasy Alarm to deliver the best fantasy information out there. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association Summer Conference starts today, and Jeff and I will be doing a football draft tonight, but we are still of course focused on baseball. We have talk of a starting pitcher who everyone loves that really isn't very good, but was great today. We have a struggling second baseman who looks like he is starting to turn the corner, as well as a couple of starters who might have figured it out. There are those stories and so much more if you dive into Rounding The Bases.
It was a very abbreviated schedule in fantasy baseball on Thursday which means a very short version of Rounding The Bases. There is still plenty of fantasy news though that you need to know as a former fantasy star in the outfield continues to shine, while a starting pitcher who looked to be elite took one on the chin. A borderline outfielder looked good again, while a second year first baseman looks like he is figuring it out. We have one of the best third sacker moves closer to returning, while an elder statesman certainly responded to a manager's challenge. Even when there are only a handful of games there is still plenty to read in Rounding The Bases.
I hope the weather is as good where you are as it is here in Upstate New York here on Memorial Day Weekend. as it is a beautiful night for fantasy baseball! There was a shift in the batting order in Tampa Bay, and their 2011 ace took one on the chin. The leader of the Pirates continues to make some fantasy noise, and speaking of noise did you see the catcher in Colorado? Below you will also find some news on a few of tonight's starting pitchers, some very good, some average, and some very bad. Take this extra time you have off of work to evaluate your team and then come back to Fantasy Alarm to sign up for our service so you always know when your players are in and out of the lineup for their teams.
It is another weekend in fantasy baseball, and as always there is plenty of action going on from coast to coast. As far as big fantasy news, there is another pretty serious prospect coming to the majors, but other than that it is a bit of a light night. We have news of a big name starting pitcher that has hit the disabled list, a lower name that has already thrown his second shutout of the season, and two more that are on a nice roll. We have a catcher that you shouldn't fall in love with, while we talk about an outfielder that you should. It is time for the weekend, so crack a cold one and enjoy Rounding The Bases.
Johnny Damon could be headed back to the Red Sox. The 36 year old outfielder was claimed by the Sox and now has to decide if he is willing to go back. This really isn't fantasy relevant because I don't see his numbers taking a huge jump in Fenway Park, but it is a cool story since Damon was legendary in Boston with his Captain Caveman look. It could trickle down to a second wind for Damon and a slight increase in production as a shot in the arm going back to his former surroundings, but I wouldn't count much on it.