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I hate using that “any given Sunday” cliché here, but if there’s one thing you can take away from Philip Humber throwing the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history, it’s just that. Anyone, anywhere, anytime….so long as the stars are aligned, I suppose. I mean, how else do you explain a 29-year old journeyman who is on his fourth team in five years and whose biggest claim to fame is that he was one of the prospects the Mets traded to Minnesota in the Johan Santana deal achieving one of the most difficult feats in the game? Even if you were going to turn around and try to trivialize the moment and speak of the ineptitude of the Mariners’ offense and the fact that none of them are batting over .300, your argument still wouldn’t hold water. The moment is too tough to achieve and guys like Ichiro Suzuki, Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley are still too good a group of hitters.
Welcome to the very special Earthquake Edition of the Tuesday Top Ten. If you didn’t hear the news, most of the east coast and regions out to Ohio experienced a 5.9 earthquake this afternoon at 1:51 PM. Clearly the reason for this is the fact that the Oakland A’s are in New York tonight to play the Yankees. Apparently they brought the San Andreas Fault with them on their charter plane. As a forewarning, there are absolutely no earthquake jokes or puns contained in this edition of the Top Ten. I thought it would be in poor taste to mock or defame the memory of John Tenta, otherwise known as Earthquake in the WWF. Remember when he squashed Jake Roberts’ snake and then made python burgers out of its remains? Now, without further adieu, here is this week’s edition of the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball headlines for August 23, 2011.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and past and we have the news and analysis on all of the major deals right here on Fantasy Alarm. Someone in a New York state of mind took a pitch in the hand, the Orioles do more dealing to clear a starting spot for their newest acquisition, and the biggest pitching name on the market is finally moved. A middle infield prospect goes yard, a former first round pick pitches well but could be shut down, and one of the fastest guys in the majors has a new address. We now officially have just two months left as we head into August so maintain your lead by reading Rounding The Bases.
Trading season has officially begun in Major League Baseball, as two monster chips have come off the board in New York and St. Louis, be sure to check out how we feel it will affect all players' involved and their fantasy value, including those on the team that were left behind. There was also another hideous no hitter in baseball today, and unfortunately the injury bug has bitten again. There was a benching in Chicago, more dead arm in the Bronx, and my least favorite player finally went yard. You can't wait another second I know to find out all of this great information, so go ahead and read Rounding The Bases.
Another week is in the books in the 2011 fantasy baseball season, and the news just never stops. The heat might have finally broken here in the Northeast, but divisional races are still heating up, and likely so are the standings in your fantasy leagues. We have news about an injured Mets' star that actually is ending in good news, a pitcher in the Bronx who spun a good tale today, and a closer in Philly who is looking good for now. We have news on a number of prospects, some good, some not so good, and some doing some things for the first time. Finally, we have news on an old train who seems to have finally found a destination spot, and that could be on your fantasy teams as we roll in tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
It is the start of the fourth month of the fantasy baseball schedule and of course there is plenty to talk about on a Friday night. One of the leagues closers has been put on the shelf, while a fill in is showing his worth. A Cardinal is really hitting well, while we have a strange occurrence in Chicago. A newly acquired player in Colorado belts out his first for the team, and we also have pitching news from all over the map. So, enjoy whatever it is you are doing tonight and soak in all that is Rounding The Bases.
Happy Hump Day to all of you fantasy baseball players as we creep ever closer to the Midsummer's Classic. As if the Yankees haven't been good enough, we will give you good news on two of their starting pitchers. We have a couple of rookies who are totally living up to expectations, as well as a starting pitcher who lived up to my expectations by going on the Disabled LIst. Of course don't miss out on my pitch streamer pick for Friday and check out the results of the past couple of days. It is still not too late to use the Fantasy Alarm service to maintain your rosters on a daily basis as we will send player news right to your email inbox or to your cell phone via text message. Check out the home page to lear more, but for now enjoy Rounding The Bases.
It is Christmas morning, New Year's Eve, and St. Patrick's Day all wrapped into one! St. Patrick's? What? Well, anyway it is Opening Day for the baseball season in 2011, and although most teams wait until Friday to get it going there still is a number of games today. Everyone has hope, everyone thinks they can win, and no one is quite eliminated just yet.....except for the Pirates of course. Every fantasy team is on equal footing today as well, and the best advice I can give you today is just to RELAX!!!! Please don't freak out about the results of today's game and start making knee jerk reaction after game one out of 162. Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint, and just because Albert Pujols went 0-5 and hit into three double plays isn't a reason to re-evaluate your first pick. Tomorrow is another day and believe me no one has won or lost their leagues today.