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It is Hump Day here at Rounding The Bases as we are all trying to get through our fantasy matchups. The news of the night includes a couple of base stealers on nice streaks, a young outfielder who might have figured it out, and the possible turnaround of Javier Vasquez. There are also notes on some fine young pitching, as well as what to think of Josh Hamilton's recent success. Join us here at Fighting Chance Fantasy for Rounding The Bases every single night.
Tuesday night turns out to be a pretty slow night for fantasy baseball news, but there is still plenty to read for those of you who are regulars to the site. The article includes young pitchers who might have found your way and a rookie hitter who is off to a very strong start. Enjoy that and more from Tuesday's edition of Rounding The Bases.
Monday generally means a short schedule in the majors and today is no different. Most of the article tonight is focused on starting pitching but there is a note on a former struggling Cubs slugger who has seemed to find his way in 2010. Week six is now upon us and it is time to start making your move in your league. There is no better way to do that than by reading Rounding The Bases.
Congratulations to Oakland's Dallas Braden on throwing a perfect game on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Not bad for a guy who about a month ago was made fun of by Alex Rodriguez for flipping out when A-Rod ran across the mound and was deemed a guy with "a few wins." Braden struck out six in his impressive performance and ran his record to 4-2. So the question fantasy wise is what to expect from Braden going forward. He is a slightly better than average pitcher, but he is more of a pitch and ditch kind of guy rather than someone you want playing on your roster every single week unless you are in a deeper league.
Mark Teixeira finally had the game that his owners were waiting for as he belted not one, not two, but three homers on Saturday against the Red Sox. Sadly here on May 8th, one of the better hitters in baseball now has five home runs after the trifecta today. But as we warned before the season started he gets off to this kind of start every season. If this is indeed the turnaround we have been waiting for, Tex is even a little ahead of his usual schedule.
Raul Ibanez has started to hit a little more in the last week and even hit his second home run of the season on Thursday. He now has a least one hit in eight of his last ten games, and has two multi-hit games within that streak. I still think that Ibanez is going to shed his early season funk, but I still don't see any way that he even approaches the home run totals he had in 2009. If you can get Ibanez to hit .275 with 23 homers and 90 RBI, I think you should consider yourself well off.
Rounding The Bases tonight is will be completely in Spanish tonight to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, which has somehow become a holiday here in the States. Do we need another reason to drink? Can't we just have a few beers when we want to without stealing other country's holidays? There are a few injury notes included inside as well as one former prominent slugger finally hit his first homer of the year in dramatic fashion. As always there is plenty of news on the starting pitching of the night and much more so please enjoy Rounding Los Bases.
Is there anyone else left doubting whether or not Francisco Liriano is back? Liriano ran his record to 4-0 and while he wasn't as dominant as he had been, he was still very good. He allowed three runs over seven innings and struck out nine, giving him 36 Ks in 36 innings pitched with an ERA well under 2.00. I think it is obvious that he can't quite keep up this pace the entire season, but I have very little doubt any more than Liriano will be a very capable fantasy pitcher and could be a borderline ace on your roster.
Justin Morneau made a successful return to the lineup on Friday with his fifth homer of the season. Morneau had missed a couple of games with some back trouble but felt good enough to go tonight and made the most of it. It may have been his only hit, but as a Morneau owner I will take it. For the season he is now batting a whopping .351 with those five homers and 17 RBI.
Robinson Cano still is on fire and is having his best season to date. Cano connected on his sixth home run of the season and is currently batting .390. Of course he can't continue at this pace, especially on the batting average front, but Cano has hit well over .300 multiple times in his career, so this is not coming out of nowhere. He might not quite reach the 25 home runs he did in 2009, but I do think he will be close. Hold on to Cano tightly if you own him, and don't think of taking any lowball offers from someone if he starts to slide a little because he will be fine.