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It doesn’t happen often but there are times, every so often, that you’d like to see your fantasy team get some credit for defensive plays. As I flipped between several of the games Saturday and then watched the highlight reels later on in the evening, I saw some unbelievable plays in the field. Colorado rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado had, what I thought was, the play of the day as he dove towards the line – full air, full extension – snagged the ball and after what appeared to be a T.J. Hooker-like roll, threw the runner out while still in the sitting position. Catches by Ichiro Suzuki and Jon Jay made the highlights as well, but as good as they were, neither touched Arenado’s play. Obviously it’s subjective as to how amazing you thought each play was which is why you just can’t score something like that at an appropriate value, but worthy of acknowledgement nonetheless.
The biggest news coming out of baseball this weekend was the announcement of the All Star rosters for the upcoming mid-summer classic next week. And while I’d love to sit here and debate the selections and the snubs with you, I’ve realized, over time, that it’s pointless. For every guy I think doesn’t belong, five people will tell me that he does and vice versa. Sometimes the whole process can be so subjective that rarely will you ever have even just two people agree upon a set of rosters completely.
With some of the pitching performances we’ve seen over the past week – Matt Cain’s perfect game, R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball madness, and Ryan Dempster’s 15 straight shutout innings just to name a few, fantasy owners tend to get lulled into a false sense of security. Just when everything seems to be going your way and your pitching staff looks invincible…BAM!!!! The injury bug swoops on in and takes a huge bite out of your rotation’s proverbial ass.
Another wet day in Major League Basebal, but for once we actually got through the day without a game spoiled by rain. It was an interesting day in fantasy baseball, as the Mets continue to fail to do what they have done in their history, a Reds slugger has a double, while an old MVP goes for three. A couple of Orioles hit the DL, and last year's batting champion leaves the game early. One of the finest middle infield prospects goes yard, while a Rangers' pitcher continues to look good. It is another successful day in Major League Baseball and one that you need to catch up on all of the news in Rounding The Bases.
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.