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The longer than usual opening matchups in your fantasy baseball leagues have finally come to a close and hopefully you were on the winning side. Tonight, we continue to new format of the article where we feature some of the top performers of the night and then chronicle the news below. I am looking for some feedback on this change whether you all think this is a good move. Tonight, we mention some guys who are playing over their heads, a superstar off to a slow start, and a young phenom coming into his own. On the pitching side there is a couple of guys under the radar and why Fernando Rodney got the save tonight.
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.
So much action taking place tonight but perhaps the biggest story of the year is our headline this evening. There are a number of reports that say Manny Ramirez failed another random PED test about a week ago and was about to be issued a 100 game suspension. But Ramirez abruptly retired this afternoon instead of facing the wrath of the commissioner's office and yet another suspension. It is a very sad way to go out for one of the games all-time greatest hitters but it has become obvious that "Manny being Manny" is nowhere near as charming as it used to be. Now let's check out what else happened around the league tonight....
Only ten games on the docket today but that hasn't stopped the fantasy baseball train from rolling along as we finally see some outstanding pitching performances from a number of aces today and plenty of offensive output as well albeit from some unlikely sources. There's also some news about the return of Adam Dunn, an exciting young infielder suffers a broken leg, a potential closer returns from the disabled list and then there's Manny being Manny. It's time for a fantasy baseball recap so as Def Leppard said back in the '80's, "Step inside, walk this way, you and me baby...hey, hey!"
Dude, let's go get an appendectomy! Yeah, that's right you heard me, all the guys in the major leagues are doing it, it is all the rage! It's just a few puncture wounds and bam, in a week you are back in business. That might sound ridiculous, but we have another slugger whose abdomen will keep them out, as well as a pitcher whose fingernail lands him on the DL. On a positive note, one of the best closers in baseball is coming back from injury, and we talk about a handful of guys who continue to bang the baseball around. Finally there is some news on some starting pitchers, some with mixed results and a former Cy Young winner who DOMINATED.
We have our first change in closers of the 2011 season as well as some injuries that continue to pile up and some good news on that front. We have a young player being moved to the leadoff role for his team, as we also have a slugger that will miss this week's games. There is a young catcher who gets some time, as well as some young pitchers who are already making an impact, as well as a veteran who came out of the gate slowly. Check out Fantasy Alarm to see how you can get text messages or emails to your inbox whenever a player is out of your lineup. Visit our homepage for a video to see how to sign up for this invaluable tool to win your fantasy league.
Tonight there isn't a lot of general news or many games on the schedule so the Rounding The Bases entry is a little shorter than usual, but it is no less important for you to read. There is some fantastic news on Matt Holliday, some more of the same from the New York Yankees, and impressive performances by young Braves pitchers. We also highlight a couple of aging, injury prone players that are screaming "SELL HIGH ON ME!" and we identify them. All of this and more for you to enjoy from a light Monday in the major leagues.
Baseball season is back in full swing, and unfortunately the injury bug continues to bite some of the games best young players. There is word of a lasting injury in Tampa Bay, while the one in Pittsburgh appears to be no big deal. Miguel Cabrera was seeing double at Yankee Stadium, and I don't mean he was at Foley's, and one of the game's best closers was back on the mound. There's more news around the Majors as well as we roll into the first full week of the season. Most importantly, don't forget to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to have these updates sent directly to your inbox or cell phone so you know that guys on your team are in or out of the lineup every day.
The first weekend of the regular season is upon us and players are still just getting their feet wet. We have a bunch of pitchers with high expectations getting off to slow starts, and a few under the radar guys who looked like world beaters.There is some injury news tonight about one of the top pitchers, the top closers, and one of the top young hitters in baseball. As always, sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to have updates on your players sent to you either by text message or emailed directly to your inbox. It is the fantasy owner's best friend. I just have one question for you....
It is the second day of the season and many teams first game. There was a ton of offense today and some of the top pitchers in the league got off to a very rocky start and we tell you what to do with them. We have some exciting news when it comes to catchers and some more about middle infielders. Everyone in fantasy is always trying to fill those difficult areas, so be sure to check that out too. There is also another injury coming out of St. Louis, and it is going to have a big effect on fantasy teams.I wish that some stories in these articles were indeed jokes based on the "holiday" today.