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While the month of April gets ready to wrap, fantasy owners should realize that there is still plenty of work to do to get their teams ready for a long and arduous season. The offseason prep work, the draft, and the early-season waiver hunting may be your foundation, but now you have a five-month long process of taking that foundation and building it into a championship. You now have to keep an astute eye on the waiver wire, explore some possible trades that will help your team in the long run, track injuries, and most of all, pay close attention to the daily happenings around MLB. You’ve got full slates of games five days a week with shorties on Mondays and Thursdays. So much can happen over the course of just one day that missing even just one could be the difference between finishing in the money and standing on the outside looking in. Maybe it sounds silly and a bit over-dramatic to some, but just look at yesterday’s action and the potential fantasy impact…
As we head into the final two scoring periods of the season, fantasy baseball owners have some tough decisions to make. Do you stick with those that got you here or do you try to infuse some new blood into your team and play the hot bat regardless of what type of overall player they may be. Do you continue to start Brandon Phillips who is batting just .191 over his last 50 at-bats or do you switch it up to the red-hot Logan Forsythe who is batting .404 with two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases over the last two weeks? It’s not always the recommended choice, but in some cases, it just might behoove you to make an alteration or two.
If you were unable to tune into Sunday’s Fantasy Alarm Show on SiriusXM radio, you missed some seriously entertaining baseball chatter. But there’s one thing that Jeff Mans and I discussed yesterday with a few of our callers, that I wanted to reiterate here. It may sound mundane to many of you, but one of the most common things brought up by listeners asking about trades was what seemed to be a hang-up on some of the numbers players have posted between April. Yes, you want to how a guy has been performing this season, but remember, you’re not trading for those numbers. If you make a trade in June, what the player did in April is almost irrelevant, especially if you believe in buying low. It’s not what the player did for the first two months of the season that matters most; t’s what you think they’re going to do the rest of the way. How they will perform once they arrive on your team is the most important thing.
It was a very interesting day in the majors this Saturday, but it didn't yield a ton of new fantasy news. We had an elite closer go down to an injury, a Japanese pitcher spin an absolute gem and a fantasy sleeper return from the Disabled List. A slugging catcher continues to slug, some pitchers looking very good, while others look horrendous. We even had one who looked badly while pitching well. We also will gab about an outfielder who has gotten my attention and I tell you whether or not you should make a move on him. Don't miss that and so much more in tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
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.