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Why does it not surprise me? In so many ways, too. Why does it not surprise me one bit. I’ve spent so much of this week having to discuss Mets pitching, that this was just inevitable, I guess. Johan Santana threw a complete-game shutout against the Padres last Saturday, Dillon Gee has a 1.98 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 13.2 innings over his last two starts, and R.A. Dickey has killed it in his last two outings, going 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA and 21 strikeouts. The three of them have been absolutely masterful, helping both their ballclub and fantasy owners from all over. And by “all over” I mean the greater Flushing area, because who, outside of the die-hard Mets fans living in Queens, would have these guys on their fantasy roster. I mean, really.
Just a quick rundown today, folks. Lots of great ball played on Monday and who doesn’t love a full slate of games on what is normally considered a day of rest for the sport? But while the games were great and there was a bit of action to be had all over the place, no one really stood out as head and shoulders above the rest. Sure, there were some great pitching performances and obviously there were a handful of hitters that did their fantasy owners right, but for me, no one worthy of that coveted Beast tag today. What can you do? It happens. Doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to see though…
It’s déjà vu all over again, right Yogi? Pablo Sandoval hitting the DL with the exact same injury as last season? Kung Fu Panda joining fellow third sackers, Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman, just as he did one year ago today? Brutal. Just brutal. Fantasy owners that invested in a top third baseman because of how thin the position remained this year are banging their heads against the wall trying to find an adequate replacement on the waiver wire, something that probably doesn’t exist even anymore. By the time Sandoval owners got the news, third base-eligible waivers had already been picked clean by owners of Longoria, Zimmerman and throw in Kevin Youkilis this time for good measure. Shallow league owners are likely deciding between Pedro Alvarez and Chris Johnson while deeper league victims are probably staring at Wilson Betemit, Alex Liddi and John McDonald and just shaking their heads both in disgust and disbelief.
Truth be told, I was planning on taking the day off here to rest up for a big weekend of baseball, but I don’t want to leave you all hanging here when so many Jered Weaver owners are dying to talk about his no-hitter on Wednesday. Far be it for me to ignore one of the most difficult feats…although with the frequency of no-hitters and perfect games over the last few years, maybe it’s not so difficult…in the game. For the pitcher to shut down an offense like that is tremendous and Weaver’s performance deserves the accolades. I won’t even trivialize it by mentioning that Jerome Williams tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout against these same Twins just one night earlier and how I talked about streaming pitchers when they play Minnesota. That wouldn’t be fair to Weaver or his owners that are strutting around today like proud peacocks.
It was a very abbreviated schedule in fantasy baseball on Thursday which means a very short version of Rounding The Bases. There is still plenty of fantasy news though that you need to know as a former fantasy star in the outfield continues to shine, while a starting pitcher who looked to be elite took one on the chin. A borderline outfielder looked good again, while a second year first baseman looks like he is figuring it out. We have one of the best third sacker moves closer to returning, while an elder statesman certainly responded to a manager's challenge. Even when there are only a handful of games there is still plenty to read in Rounding The Bases.
Well guess we can say, with little surprise, that the rapture didn't start today, and it doesn't appear that the end of the world is upon us. Isn't the world supposed to end in 2012? When was the end pushed up? I guess I missed that meeting. However, since the end is not upon us, it is time to put the focus back on your fantasy team. We have a fantasy ace going to the Disabled List, while one in Philly shuts down the Rangers and another shuts out the Athletics. One of my preseason favorites at third base is heating up, while one I didn't believe in earlier has completely made me change my mind. There is more news on hitters and pitchers, closers and starters and so much more in this edition of Rounding The Bases.
It is hard to think of a guy who has had a better day than Ben Zobrist and I will tell you what you should do following this monumental performance. A closer by the bay looks like he might be getting it straight, and speedster in Texas takes off. We have one young pitcher who continues to deal, while another one wins but isn't as impressive. An injury prone superstar keeps it going, while a young hot corner player might be starting a hot streak. It was a shortened schedule on Thursday, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything important so be sure you check out Rounding The Bases.