It's Friday and half of you have probably already mentally checked out of work as you're salivating over the thought of the 2012 fantasy baseball season getting started. How can BBGuys help you to dominating your fantasy league in the coming season? By this point you know I've done my best to prep you for your baseball draft with the 2012 BaseballGuys Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide. I've also spent the past couple of months doing in depth player profiles on a whole heaping group of players that might be players you are concerned/interested in over in the Player Profiles category. I've also reviewed a handful of the drafts that I have done the past couple of months, to give you an understanding of how drafts were unfolding, in the Fantasy University section.
What can you expect now that the season is about ready to get underway? More of the same excellence that you've come to expect (I'm so modest). Oh the drafts will obviously disappear, but I'll still plow through the morass of information out there an do my best to distill it down to some usable information for you all. Please, an I fight this all the time, tell a friend. I know people want to keep me as their “secret weapon” holding me more closely to their vest than a sex video with their ex-whatever, but I ask that you loosen the reigns a bit. As you are well aware the only charge you will ever incur at BBGuys is for a draft guide. That's it. The articles, day after day, are free. My advice, both in the Comments section of the website an at the BaseballGuys Twitter account are also free (Twitter is the best place to ask me a question by the way). All I ask in exchange is that you tell a friend. So be a bro and share will ya?
Before I get to some actual content today, I have to tell you why I love America. Did you know that toady is National Cleavage Day? No, I'm not making it up (I didn't get the information from the local locker room, it's actually a legit day of celebration). I constantly bemoan the fact that we have all these invented holidays seemingly every day of the calendar, but I will stand up and applaud whomever came up with today's celebration. So ends the female worship – for this post at least.
Mat Latos (calf) is expected to make his scheduled start on Sunday, that is unless he comes down with some kind of setback during his bullpen session on Friday. He remains a solid option to count on even early in the season.
As expected, Mike Trout was sent to the minors today. As a young fella, he needs to play every day, something that just wasn't going to happen with the Angels as they have a full outfield of Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos and Torii Hunter. The news that Bobby Abreu could potentially be on his way to the Indians last night – a deal that has reportedly fallen apart – caused some to be hopeful that Trout would open the year with the big league club. It was never going to happen. Kendrys Morales continues to look great in camp, and with that the hope is that he will be able to DH almost every single game. Given that fact, there just isn't a spot for Trout right now. His time is coming, and he's going to be great, but as I wrote months ago, he's a risk in re-draft leagues this year (listen to some audio from the Arizona Fall League when I was able to interview him).
The Braves signed Livan Hernandez mere hours after the Astros released him. Why did they bother adding the aging, innings eater? Beats me. I mean they get a guy who they can count on to take the ball every five games. He has thrown 175 or more innings each years since 1998, and he's won at least 10 games every year but one since 2000, but come on now. He's also posted an ERA of 4.47 or higher in five of the past six years, and his WHIP has been under 1.40 in just once in the last seven seasons. The Braves must really, an I mean really, be disappointed with the work they've received from Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado this spring. It looks like Livan will work out of the pen, but whichever guy wins the 5th spot clearly will not have a long leash.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 5-8 PM EDT and Sunday 7-10 PM EDT), Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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