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Just a quick look and acknowledgement of the highlights from Thursday as I just don’t have it in me to perpetuate the hype-machine and feed into the Yasiel Puig lovefest that’s going on. He had a phenomenal spring and three of his first four games have been absolutely fantastic. But while I may own him on a few of my fantasy teams and have been lucky enough to benefit from his white-hot start, I’m not quite ready to ship his cleats off to Cooperstown and start engraving the plaque just yet. We’ve seen a number of ballplayers come and go over the years, many who have gotten off to hot starts such as this. Some have lasted. Some haven’t. So for those who are freaking out over Puig’s start, tread lightly. It’s four games in right now. Let’s see where we’re at after say, 40 or 50 more. The Cuban hype is on such overdrive that I've stopped drinking mojitos in protest.
Sometimes we make too big a deal about Spring Training. Sometimes we don't make enough of a deal about Spring Training. If you're confused don't worry. The Oracle is here to put everything in perspective for you. The Brewers' ace is good to go as he's overcome an injury. The Dodgers and Phillies aces are struggling, but you shouldn't be too concerned. The Padres hope to have a one time elite prospect in their rotation early in the year. A once time power lefty is trying to revive a once thought to be dead career. The Tigers have zero certainty about how they are going to handle the 9th inning. The Yankees have a battle on their hands for the 5th starter role. Who will emerge with the job? Read on to find out.
It looks like we’re getting a little minor league influx this week – two big prospects and the return of a banished slugger. After much speculation over the past week or so, we received word over the weekend that Arizona pitching phenom Trevor Bauer would make his mound debut, that the Cubs were finally ready to bring up slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo and one-time 30-home run hitter from Toronto, Adam Lind, was coming back from his Triple-A exile and returning to the Blue Jays lineup. If, for any reason, any one of those guys sits available in your league, you better snatch them up as quickly as you can. There’s no guarantee, of course, that the production will be there immediately, but any one of the three is certainly worth a look.
Just like in real life, fantasy squads depend on the man on the hill to lead their team to fantasy greatness. The problem, as it is in real life, is choosing the right men to lead that squad. In what follows we'll profile five hurlers – Phil Hughes, Matt Moore, Jarrod Parker, Ervin Santana, Ryan Vogelsong – and give our thoughts on whether or not you should be counting on them. We'll then hit on some of the lead stories in the game from Tuesday night including the demotion of Bard, the en feugo bats of Quentin and Rasmus, and the suddenly dominating left arms of Liriano and Pettitte.
When Jonathon Niese started to mow down the Cardinals lineup, I was crushed that I was going to have to hype another Mets pitcher and talk about how the defending World Champs were bested for three straight games and mustered not a single run. Well, considering he only went six innings, he’ll get an honorable mention because taking the place of Mets pitchers for today, will be Phil Hughes, Chris Sale and Trevor Cahill. Not one, not two, but three complete games on Sunday marking yet another Year of the Pitcher it seems. Each one put forth an incredible effort on Sunday, boosting fantasy teams with their pitching lines.
Some days you wake up with a plan. Other days you roll out of bed and have a hard time making it to the shower. I had one of those mornings today, so I'm not going to fight it, I'm just going to plow ahead in a haphazard manner and see what kind of trouble I can get into. How does that sound? I'll give some thoughts on A.J. Burnett and the Orioles' bullpen while also getting straight jiggy wit it and just randomly letting the fur fly. And yes, I have no idea what that means either.
It is now the middle of August and it certainly seems like we are coming down the home stretch of the fantasy baseball season, but oh no friends, we still have six weeks more to go of this wonderful season. I know it is hard to keep focus with all of the fun and excitement of fantasy football fast approaching, but if you are this close to a championship I urge you to hold it together and finish the season strong! We will help you by talking about hit streaks, five man rotations, and who excelled on Saturday and what you can expect from them next season. There is one more day of this week's matchup so why not work into it with Rounding The Bases?
Welcome back to another edition of the Tuesday Top Ten list of relevant and newsworthy fantasy baseball stories. After making a triumphant return last week, your appetite has been whetted again to the point where you need your weekly dose. Now, without further adieu, here is the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball headlines for August 2, 2011.
Trading season has officially begun in Major League Baseball, as two monster chips have come off the board in New York and St. Louis, be sure to check out how we feel it will affect all players' involved and their fantasy value, including those on the team that were left behind. There was also another hideous no hitter in baseball today, and unfortunately the injury bug has bitten again. There was a benching in Chicago, more dead arm in the Bronx, and my least favorite player finally went yard. You can't wait another second I know to find out all of this great information, so go ahead and read 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.