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Jason Bay finally connected on his first home run as a Met, nearly a month after the season started. New York obviously hoped for more than this when they doled out huge bucks to Bay in the offseason, but I still think that it is just a matter of a slow start and Bay will turn it around and hit 27-28 homers at the least. Look for more from the new leftfielder in Queens in the coming weeks.
Josh Beckett struggled mightily and gave up eight earned runs in just three innings, one start after allowing seven runs just the other day. Beckett is now the proud owner of a 7.22 ERA after the first month of the season, but there isn't any reason to panic if you own Beckett. Of course you shouldn't be happy about the way he has performed, but you shouldn't be considering trading him or not even having a thought of letting him go. Beckett will come around and be fine, you might just have to be patient.
Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth straight day on Sunday and now has six on the season. I know that this isn't any breaking news that Gonzalez hits for good power, but I thought it was noteworthy that he had a nice streak going. Even if he isn't traded away at the deadline, Gonzalez seems to be the one guy who can hit home runs for San Diego whether it be on the road like today, or in PetCo Park.
Rounding The Bases tonight is also brought to you by my maddening search to find a new kitten for my wife and daughters after the first attempt was a sick kitty we had to give back. I think I might have found his replacement, so please for my sanity cross your fingers for me. In fantasy baseball news we talk about the resurgence of Barry Zito, and whether or not a few guys who have been sputtering are ready to get back into action or whether it was just a good night. That and so much more from the Saturday night edition of Rounding The Bases.
Jon Lester finally had an outing that his fantasy owners were hoping for when the drafted.....mostly. Lester shutout the Orioles over 5.2 innings and struck out seven, unfortunately, he did walk four batters over that span. Lester is a stud pitcher and to me one of the 15 best in fantasy baseball. I hope that you were all patient during his slow start and didn't do anything crazy. He should win 16 games or more and strikeout at least 180 batters when all is said and done.
The news of the day is another big prospect coming to the majors and this is one of the bigger ones that will grace MLB in 2010. Read on to find out why you should be picking up Justin Smoak. There is some bad injury news in the article tonight, some players that are doing well that I don't believe in and some speculation when a certain minor league catcher might be coming up as well.
Zack Greinke finally looked like the Zack Greinke we grew to know and love in 2009 on Wednesday as he kept the Blue Jays in check over seven innings. Greinke allowed just two hits and two runs and struck out eight. Hopefully this will calm some of you who have been having dizzy spells watching Greinke pitch this year and wondering why he wasn't pitching to a 0.50 ERA yet. There is no reason to doubt this guy's stuff.
Cliff Lee has had his five game suspension rescinded after somehow his argument that his spring injuries caused his pitch to be at Chris Snyder and not the fact that he was throwing at him. I think that this is a ridiculous argument, but hey it worked. So, sometime in May when Lee is ready to return he won't miss another start due to suspension.
Brandon Webb was transferred to the 60 day DL yesterday which means he can't be activated any earlier than May 25th. Genuine concern for Webb set in a couple of weeks ago with me for Webb, and while in early March I thought he was a great pick I am now thinking that it could be much longer than that before he is able to come back. At this point unless you are stashing him in an injury spot and it isn't costing you anything at all I wouldn't be sitting on Webb any longer. Let him go to free agency and hopefully if he comes back healthy he will be good and you will be fast to the trigger.
It is the last day of Week 2 of the fantasy baseball season and there is news flying in by the day. We have news of one of our first big prospects to come to the majors as well as plenty of pitchers who are making a name for themselves and surpassing their expectations. I also realize at one point in the article that I am getting old, and what in the world is going on with Mike Napoli? Get your lineups set early tomorrow because there is the Patriots Day game in Boston that starts at 11am so your lineups may lock earlier than usual. As always, don't forget to visit our sponsors, Fantasy Alarm and Fantazzle.