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Yes, yes, I’m very aware. An absence over the weekend has left you in dire need of some fantasy love from me. My apologies. This was the first weekend in a very long time that my wife and I had coinciding schedules and we were looking to take advantage and get in a little quality time together. But of course, there was the inevitable fly in the ointment. Upon going out Friday night, my wife decided to have a snack at the concert venue we were at and before we knew it, we were forced to leave the show in mid encore and race home because she was feeling well. The subsequent food poisoning put her on the shelf for most of the weekend and left me to play nursemaid and house custodian over the next two days. Sadly, baseball was forced to take a back seat, but the whole experience got me to thinking and here’s where I bring it around full circle…
Tony Cingrani and Jose Fernandez have grabbed the imagination of the fantasy baseball world. Two elite prospects who are now ready to make their mark, there has been a borderline hysteria to add each to fantasy squads across the land. Is spending a good deal of your free agent resources to add either arm a good move? We'll investigate the outlook of both rookies. We'll then move on to the ever changing role of the bullpen. Three teams in particular – the Cardinals, Cubs & Red Sox – are spinning their wheels once again trying to figure out who the best man is to hand the ball to in order to get the last three outs of the game.
OK, yes, I saw the final strike called in the Texas/Tampa Bay game on Monday. Yes, it was an ugly call. Was it the worst call I’ve ever seen to end a game? Maybe. There have been so many over the years. But rather than dwell on something that has very little impact on your fantasy baseball team and will, in the grand scheme of things, mean absolutely nothing, I’d rather discuss something that may actually help you this season. I know it’s painful – like dentist chair painful – but let’s talk closers.
There was not a lot of offense around the major leagues today so this version of Rounding The Bases is going to be all about the pitchers. Well, we will discuss two position players, but other than that it is all about the pitchers. We have a couple of bullpens with major questions in them and a lot of starting pitching. We have guys who are on incredible rolls, and others who were just disastrous. But whether they were good or bad, we will tell you what to expect from them in the future and what you should do with them.
Tuesday nights are typically reserved for sheer boredom and dreading the following work day. This is not the case my friends while baseball is in season. Reminiscent of hanging out in a hotel room with Charlie Sheen the baseball world was filled with drama and intrigue. This typically bland Tuesday revealed three post hype first baseman who are begging for the fantasy world's attention. We also have an ex Red Sox who is making an improbable run to perfection, not to mention a current Sox player who is baffling his owners after imploding once again. As you wade through the plethora of fantasy news you also come across closers grabbing the job by the horns and ones who might have blown a once in a lifetime opportunity. With all that has happened today in the world of baseball, Tuesday's have become a fantasy owners guilty pleasure.
It was a huge schedule on Wednesday as there were 17 games in total with doubleheaders included, and there is a ton to talk about. We have a elite player who takes a leave, one of the best back on the field, and a couple of younger hitters who won't be on it for a little while. We have one of the hotter prospects in baseball headed back to the farm, and a disappointing closer who seems to have found his groove. There is all of that news and so much more as we take you around the box scores and give you every piece of fantasy relevant happenings and how it should affect your team.
A lot of tonight's article revolves around veterans that are off to good starts that I question whether we believe in them or not. Some I decide that I do, while others I severely doubt. There is some news on multiple young pitchers and the exciting starts that they are off too, But we begin with closer news, one that has already lost his job, and another that damn well better before too long. Finally we talk about one of Fantasy Alarm's favorite sleepers and what he has been doing lately. Week three of the fantasy baseball season starts tomorrow and for the most part you still should be patient with the guys that you have but check out the news of the night from Rounding The Bases.