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Sometimes we make too big a deal about Spring Training. Sometimes we don't make enough of a deal about Spring Training. If you're confused don't worry. The Oracle is here to put everything in perspective for you. The Brewers' ace is good to go as he's overcome an injury. The Dodgers and Phillies aces are struggling, but you shouldn't be too concerned. The Padres hope to have a one time elite prospect in their rotation early in the year. A once time power lefty is trying to revive a once thought to be dead career. The Tigers have zero certainty about how they are going to handle the 9th inning. The Yankees have a battle on their hands for the 5th starter role. Who will emerge with the job? Read on to find out.
One of the things you’ll hear from virtually every fantasy pundit is that a successful draft is based on how much value you get out of each one of your picks. The first few rounds are obviously dedicated to the studs, the players on whom your foundation is built. You’re picking from the best of the best and each selection, unless you make a total bonehead move or the player suffers a debilitating injury, should produce high end value for you.
The Yankees have a few holes to fill, and instead of making big a big splash like they used to, names like Rivera and Hafner are ruling the day. The Padres continue to add arms to their stable, most recently Freddy Garcia, but it's Tim Stauffer who will be garnering most of the attention in this piece. The Angels brought in a guy to work the 9th inning this year that didn't throw a single big league pitch last season even though they already have a guy who appears to be a fella who can handle 9th inning duties if he's called upon. All of that plus the plight of Michael Bourn (where will he sign), Michael Pineda (when will he be healthy) and Kelly Johnson (should you pay attention on draft day to the newest Ray).
It never turns out the way you really want it to, does it? You hope, you dream, you pray, but somehow there’s always a curveball thrown in there that you don’t really expect. Once again, that’s the way it went for fantasy owners who were anticipating a dream match-up of young studs – future all-stars – on the mound on Tuesday night when uber-phenom Trevor Bauer took the hill for the Arizona Diamondbacks opposite the young flamethrower, Andrew Cashner, of the San Diego Padres. The unconventional ways of Bauer mixed with the 100-plus mph fastballs of Cashner built expectations of a low scoring, fast moving, strikeout-laden game that was sure to eventually land in the “classic games” archives of the MLB Network, right? Whoops! Not so fast there, Skippy.
We’re barely a month in and already the 2012 MLB season is proving to be one of the most action-packed seasons we’ve seen. From the highs of a perfect game to the lows of a legendary closer having his swan song cut short by a freak knee injury, this season has been loaded with drama and excitement. Consequently, the fantasy baseball season has been a ridiculous, rollercoaster ride and it feels like we haven’t even scratched the surface. You know that there is still so much more to come. And how could you think otherwise? Between the rash of injuries to top-tier talent, the number of relievers moved in and out of closers’ jobs and the fact that the highlight reels are filled with names like Jose Altuve, Jason Kipnis and Bryan LaHair, you just can’t afford to miss a single day. And Tuesday was certainly no exception.
Apologies if your Sunday breakfast was not complete without your daily fix of Rounding the Bases, but circumstances beyond my control kept me from delivering the daily fantasy baseball chatter you’ve grown to love this season. Somehow, some way, I know you’ll understand, so rather than dwell on it, let’s just get to the news and events from Sunday. With so much to talk about, we’re going to bounce all over the place here, so try to keep up…
I feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but you go where the action is, and the action is still in the bullpen. We spent most of Friday listening to how Mariano Rivera vowed to make it back…at least at some point…and how the White Sox were already putting Chris Sale back in the closer’s role in an effort to keep his sore elbow a little more fresh. You can pick up yesterday’s column if you want to hear again as to why I think that’s a mistake. But now we’re back in the bullpens again today as Heath Bell blows yet another save and Huston Street goes down with yet another injury. Raise your hand if you’ve got waiver priority and need another closer….because here they are…