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Patience, people….patience. I know the debuts of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were supposed to be these huge, breakout extravaganzas, but remember, it’s just one game. One game of a remaining 140-ish on the schedule. We talk about things like sample size all the time and constantly use the cliché, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” so really, in essence, the initial debut games of Trout and Harper mean very little in the grand scheme of things. Each player has a very long way to go and one game just isn’t going to cut it for an evaluation, let alone talk of what either may be worth in your fantasy league. Sometimes you just have to sit back and watch and just enjoy the game for what it is…a game.
Usually this section is reserved for one item in particular that either grabs my attention or something specific that really sticks in my craw – wow, do I sound like an 82 year old man yelling at kids to stay off of my lawn when I use that expression? – and commands my undivided attention. But with so much happening in the baseball world right now, I can’t even bring myself to focus on just one topic. Blame baseball for being so damn exciting or blame my scattered thought on sleep deprivation. Whatever the case may be, I’m going to break from our usual format and just hit you with some rapid fire baseball thoughts that are wrap up the events of yesterday and impact the fantasy baseball community at the same time.
Another week is in the books in the 2011 fantasy baseball season, and the news just never stops. The heat might have finally broken here in the Northeast, but divisional races are still heating up, and likely so are the standings in your fantasy leagues. We have news about an injured Mets' star that actually is ending in good news, a pitcher in the Bronx who spun a good tale today, and a closer in Philly who is looking good for now. We have news on a number of prospects, some good, some not so good, and some doing some things for the first time. Finally, we have news on an old train who seems to have finally found a destination spot, and that could be on your fantasy teams as we roll in tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
It is another weekend of fantasy baseball, and this one is the hottest of the year here in New York as the temperature was north of 100 degrees for the second straight day with no break in sight! While the weather continues to be hot, the standings in your fantasy baseball leagues are likely the same. So, we give you the news of the night that you need to know including an injured closer on the way back, a top prospect who won't help you this season, and a handful of pitchers who are completely going in the tank. We have a hero in Boston who is completely outperforming expectations, and a first baseman in America's Heartland who broke his owner's hearts. And of course don't forget the pitching streamer for Sunday when you need it to win your matchup all in this version of Rounding The Bases.
We are just two days away from the All-Star Break, but of course these games are still important as all of the news keeps rolling in. One of the top prospects left in the minors is coming to the majors, but his manager has already said that his stay won't be long. Another Red Sox pitcher goes down, which another AL pitcher takes one on the chin. One of my big man crushes is living up to my love, even if he didn't make the All-Star Break. A first round fantasy pick is finally waking up, while a guy we took a few rounds later is still disappointing. My pitching streamer from the other night didn't get the win, but it appears I am back on track as he still pitched really well. There will only be one more article before the Break so enjoy tonight's Rounding The Bases.