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When Todd Wilhelmsen closed out the ninth inning of the Mariners’ 1-0 win over the Dodgers, it wasn’t just another save chance for the 28-year old right-hander. The third and final out that he recorded put the Mariners in the MLB record books as the 10th team in major league history to throw a combined no-hitter and the second team to accomplish the feat with the most pitchers used – six – joining the 2003 Houston Astros who last threw a combined no-no against the New York Yankees. It was also the third no-hitter in Mariners history. Kevin Millwood started the action, throwing six no-hit innings, but was forced to leave the game afterwards due to a groin strain. Charlie Furbush and Stephen Pryor combined to finish the seventh inning, Lucas Luetge and Brandon League handled the eight and Wilhelmsen came in and with just nine pitches need, finished the job off with a perfect ninth.
It's been two weeks, but everyone loves to panic. It's in our nature. Something goes wrong, and we immediately start looking for a quick fix (think of all the weight loss pills out there when the best course of action would just be to eat well and exercise). Fantasy baseball is no different and the start to the season has led to a whole lot of consternation over names like Tim Lincecum, Francisco Liriano, Johan Santana and Mark Melancon. I'll address all of those arms. I'll then wrap the piece up by focusing on something near and dear to me – numbers. What numbers have stood out to me in the early going? Read on to find out.
It is the final day before the All-Star break and that means that the news is hot and heavier than ever. We have the American League Cy Young winner for the first half shows exactly why he deserves that award. A prospect that didn't have all the hype in the world continues to show why he is worth having on your fantasy team, while a guy that we had pegged in the beginning of the season continues to show his wares. One of fantasy baseball's best will go under the knife, while another Pirates pitcher shows why you need to have faith in the group. It isn't too late to invest in the Fantasy Alarm service, now more than ever you need to know when your stars will be in or out of their team's lineups.
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.
A little over a week into the 2011 MLB regular season and it is already evident that pitching once again rules. If you spent early round draft picks loading up on hitters than you are probably in pretty good shape. But if you bought pitching early on then you are probably missing out on offense so far this season. Tonight we saw streamer pitchers such as Bruce Chen, Phil Humber and Chris Narveson dominate the opposition while trusted names such as Javier Vasquez and Clay Buchholz struggled. Let's take a look around the league and see which players produced on this fine Saturday night in April.