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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.
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.
Well, when no one is jacking three home runs in a game and you’re not quite ready to announce who the newest Fantasy Beast of the Day is just yet, it’s tough to focus on just one thing from Tuesday’s games. Do I talk about the possibility that Albert Pujols is this year’s Adam Dunn? The wild finish between the Rangers and the Blue Jays? News of Cory Luebke’s sore elbow and the perpetual concerns one should have with the health of young pitchers? Really, the options are almost limitless. So rather than just pick and choose, I’m just going to run through each game and toss out some fantasy nuggets that you may find useful as our season moves along. In no particular order, here’s what I noticed on Tuesday…
Yes, it's true, the regular season of football is over, so now is the time to start focusing on the diamond. You may barely be over your New Year's Eve hangover, I know the seven Long Island's I pulled back on are still affecting my vision, but it's time to get to breaking down the 2012 fantasy baseball season. To do that I'll take a sweep around the landscape of the game and give some thoughts on the major players that have switched teams this offseason either by trade or through free agent signings. Did you overlook any of the moves due to drinking, lack of interest, or your intense focus on the fantasy football season?
It is the final day of another week in fantasy baseball and it is getting to the point that it is just a move or two that could be the difference between first place and third of fourth, so your roster moves now are more crucial than ever. And chances are two-thirds of your league isn't paying attention anymore so there aren't as many people competing for the waiver wire moves any more. Tonight we talk about some disappointing producers, what to expect from them next season, and how they might finish the season. There are also three or four more guys in here tonight that can help you make that move from third place to first place by ascending you to the top of any category. There isn't much time left in the season, so you really can't miss 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.
It was a tragic day in fantasy baseball and in St. Louis where the best player in the game left in obvious pain as he was crashed into at first base. Hold your breath everyone. But there is good news in Oakland, some more on the South Side of Chicago, and we know that both of those cities need some good news. I give you some news about one pitcher who just teased you with one good start, and another that I am starting to pay more attention to in Florida. We also continue our series of pitching streamers with a new guy north of the border, so don't miss all of that and more with Rounding The Bases.
June means prospect time and today was no exception as one of the most intriguing prospects in baseball is coming to the Big Show. Perhaps he won't be the best, but he seems to be the one that fantasy players have been talking about for a long time. We also have good news for once on an injured star, and a slumping star finally parks one in the seats. We have an established pitcher who keeps getting pounded, while we have news on two younger guys who are looking very strong. Don't forget to check out the pitch streamer for Saturday as so far we have had a pretty good record of success. Can you ask for anything more from Rounding The Bases?
It is another glorious weekend in the world of fantasy baseball as we are all trying to make our push to the top of the standings or trying to stay there. Tonight there is news on the best player in baseball and how he is coming out of his early season doldrums, we talk about the guy who might have the best stats to start the season and what you should do with him going forward, and a lot on starting pitchers and whether they are worth holding on to, dropping, or trying to trade for. We finish with two struggling hitters and I will tell you why I still really believe in one, while I wouldn't even roster the other. All of this and so much more in tonight's edition of Rounding The Bases.
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.