It is the end of another week in fantasy baseball and as usual there is a ton of news. As always there is injury news with a Panda and a Tabata and one doesn't seem too bad while the other is crushing. I give you a guy I think should be in the All-Star game that isn't getting any attention and a National League pitcher that got off to a great start that is starting to collapse. It was a day of unprobably stolen bases as some of the fattest asses in the majors got in the SB column, and a former first round pick is starting to finally make a bit of noise in fantasy. If you can't wait to find out what the hell I am talking about, wait no more and enjoy Rounding The Bases.
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If it wasn't for the incredible season that Asdrubal Cabrera was putting together, I would be ranting and raving that Jhonny Peralta should be the starting shortstop for the American League in the All-Star Game. Peralta had three more hits today, including his 12th homer of the season and drove in his 44th and 45th runs of the season. Not only that, but a guy who perennially hits below .250 is crushing it in batting average with a .308 mark. He has been an amazing waiver pickup for teams this year, espcially considering he plays shortstop.
Pablo Sandoval left the Giants game with a tight left quadricep, but there is no timetable for his return. Sandoval was hurt running the bases, and while he stayed in the game for a little bit, he couldn't finish the game. There should be news on the extent of the injury some time on Monday and hopefully for his fantasy owners he will be able to play in the Giants' next game on Tuesday.
Jose Tabata was taken off the field on the cart today after he blew out his quad trying to beat out an infield hit. This is not good news and it definitely appears that this is going to be a long term injury and nothing that he will only be out two weeks with. The Pirates have called up Alex Presley from AAA and if you own Tabata he might be a guy you consider filling in with. Presley has a pretty good stick and can run and obviously Pittsburgh likes him since they wasted no time in bringing him to the majors with Tabata's injury. A timetable hasn't been released on the length of time that Tabata might miss, but it likely will have months at the end of it.
I know this looks like a typo but believe me it is true, Ryan Howard actually stole a base today! I didn't see the game so I can't say if the ball got stuck in the back stop or if the catcher broke his leg or what the circumstances were in Howard actually stealing the base, but it is good to see the big guy get around the bags.
Geovany Soto is starting to come around I think people. He homered for the second straight game and was a triple short of the cycle on Sunday. Soto is never going to lead you to a batting title, but he is going to bring you power at catcher that few options will, and for that alone he is worth holding on to through the slumps. It still could be a good time to try to trade for him on the cheap.
Derrek Lee homered for the second time in the last three games, and I know those of you who own him are still hoping that he will turn it around, but I have to tell you I'm not that confident in him. Lee had a bad season last year and this year has been even worse. What once was a pretty good batting average has turned poor and he has lost a lot of his power. Father Time and injuries have caught up with him, and he is no longer an elite option at the position and he could have fallen so far as to be waiver fodder.
Andrew Miller pitched well again in his second start for the Boston Red Sox, and he is starting to get my attention. Miller allowed just one earned run over six innings and struck out four in collecting his first win as a member of the Red Sox. Miller was a former first round pick with great strikeout potential, and if he can get some run support in Boston, he could turn into a nice fantasy option. If his next start is against a weaker offensive team I would say he could be used as a streamer with the chance of being a regular roster contributor.
B.J. Upton had two hits today, including his 11th homer of the season, and drove in four runs. However, even with this good game, it appears that 2011 is going to be another in a string of the same kind of seasons for Upton. We all want him to develop into the super-mega star that we always thought he would be, but it doesn't appear that the batting average is ever going to get to a good level. Upton is likely going to be a 20/40 guy, but he is still batting just .228, and while I think he can get it to .240, I can't ever see him having an average of .275 in his career.
For all of you banking on Kyle McClellan this season, I hate to tell you but it appears that the bottom is starting to fall out on him. McClellan allowed five runs over 5.1 innings on Sunday against the Blue Jays and the guy who was once 5-1 is now 6-4. Outside of that one impressive performance against the Phillies, McClellan is no longer going deep into games and he is starting to give up more and more runs. He isn't a big strikeout guy so unless he is very good on a given start, he isn't going to help your fantasy team at all.
After one of the worst performances in the history of pitching, Madison Bumgarner had perhaps the best outing of his regular season career. Bumgarner struck out a career high 11 batters over seven innings, while only giving up one run. His win/loss record is horrible, but so has been his run support for the Giants. His ERA is under 4.00 which tells you he isn't pitching that poorly, he just hasn't been getting help from his team. At worst he should be a .500 pitcher and if he is available in your league you should absolutely grab him.
Clayton Richard (SD) vs. Felipe Paulino (KC)--I know that Richard hasn't been anything near the fantasy darling that he was in 2010, but the guy still has some talent and is far overdue for a win. He also is playing the Royals who aren't the best team in baseball and while Richard might not get a ton of strikeouts, but hopefully he will get you a win.
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