Some serious apologies to those still stopping by the Rounding the Bases blog only to find a major lack of content lately. I had taken a few days off last week and we’re at that point in the year where we’re all transitioning to the fantasy football side for the upcoming NFL season. That’s not to say that we’re abandoning baseball coverage, but we are scaling it back a bit with just a month to go.
We are very much aware that those in contention for their league championship are still hunting for waiver help and wondering about the potential call-ups next month when rosters expand, so don’t worry. I’ll still be here a couple of days a week schmoozing baseball. I’m going to forego the usual format for these last few weeks though, and just highlight some of the important stuff that you’re going to need to carry you through the home stretch. So if you were sitting there hoping and praying that your favorite guy just might finally get the honor of being named Fantasy Beast of the Day, you’ll just have to wait until next season for that.
In the meantime, here’s what I’m thinking about after Monday night’s games…
So Daisuke Matsuzaka comes back and pitches a gem against the Royals, throwing seven innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts. And actually the run was unearned so for the sake of fantasy, it was seven shutout innings. And what’s he get for his effort? Yup. You’re going on waivers there, kid. Hard to imagine anyone making a claim, given his ginormous contract, but you never know. He’d probably fare pretty well in the NL over the final month, so if you own him, he might be worth stashing and/or streaming right now.
It looks like Tommy John surgery has agreed with Oakland’s Brett Anderson as he looked fantastic in his start on Monday against the Indians. He’s now 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 11:2 K:BB ratio in his two starts since coming off the DL. In addition, Grant Balfour is now 8-for-8 in saves chances and has allowed just one run in those appearances spanning 7.1 innings. If for some reason your league has flaked out, you’ll want to grab him for this final month.
If you play in daily fantasy baseball leagues and are looking for home runs, just fish off the Yankees/Blue Jays series. Seven dingers knocked on Monday and plenty more to come, I’m sure.
While Chris Davis got the night off on Monday and the Orioles still won, they cannot afford to be without his bat in that lineup right now. With Mark Reynolds still stinking it up, Adam Jones slowing down, Matt Wieters looks like the only legit power threat when Davis isn’t playing. His three-homer day on Saturday gave him five taters in his last six games and he’s also hit safely in six of his last seven.
Holy Adrian Beltre!! Talk about being on fire. Last week it was a three-homer game and hitting for the cycle and now this week he starts it off 3-for-3 with a run scored, a home run and four RBI. Those that are still in contention for their league title and have Beltre on the roster are probably smiling wider than the Grand Canyon right now.
It’s a good thing we’re not doing a Fantasy Beast of the Day right now, because how could you choose between Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and, believe it or not, Carlos Gomez? The Brewers plated 15 runs with those three combining to go 11-for-16 (.688) with eight runs scored, four home runs, 10 RBI and a stolen base. This type of yeoman’s work is expected of Braun and Ramirez, but what a season Gomez has put together. I had him on my sleeper list last season after a sound effort in the Dominican League, but he never came through. Guess I was a bit ahead of my time as he is now sitting on 14 home runs and 27 stolen bases.
While Felix Hernandez is just a total stud and has been utterly ridiculous with his 1.08 August ERA, but a tip of the cap to Twins starter Liam Hendriks who matched King Felix pitch for pitch on Monday. He threw nine innings of one-run ball to Hernandez’ complete-game shutout. Not that I would even trust Hendriks in my active lineup, but a nod is definitely required here.
Looks like that Dodgers/Red Sox deal did nothing for the boys in blue with Jeff Francis on the mound? Seriously? Jeff Francis? Another guy I’m hesitant to start unless he’s pitching against either Houston or San Diego. But he’s not even the story for me out of this one. What I’m looking at is the fact that I have Wilin Rosario, proud popper of 21 home runs this season, for $3 in one of my keeper leagues. This kid is going to be dynamic, and if he ever pulls that batting average up….oh baby!
OK, so giving up a home run to Bronson Arroyo is going to get you plenty of grief in the locker room, but rookie Tyler Skaggs definitely looked better this time around than he did in his first start, and in that start, he actually looked pretty good. The Diamondbacks are planning on leaving him in the rotation for the duration of the season, so if you’re looking for some nice pitching upside and he’s available, you might want to pick him up.
And now I’m going to wrap it up here before I say something nice about Paul Maholm. Bottom line is that the move to the Braves has helped. Me, I won’t pick him up out of years of spite and anguish. Yes, I owned him a few years back. But you may want to give him a look if he’s available.
Again, while the content here won’t be of the daily varietal that you’ve all come to know and love, I’ll be back shortly. If you have any pressing questions, just hit me up on either Twitter or email. The links to both are below.
Good luck and I’ll see you in the money at the end of the year!
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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