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A quick question for all you keeper league owners out there who love to protect starting pitching – why? With a position as deep as starting pitching is and with the ease of which pitchers get hurt, why is there such a need to protect any starters outside of the super-elite like Justin Verlander. Wednesday actually presents you with just a slice out of the “why you don’t protect starting pitching” pie. On a day when CC Sabathia was put on the DL with a strained groin, Andy Pettitte was lost to a broken ankle on a comebacker to the mound and Daniel Hudson headed to Dr. James Andrews to confirm his torn UCL and need for Tommy John surgery, you saw some unbelievable pitching performances from some rather unassuming names like Lucas Harrell, Jarrod Parker, Jonathon Niese, Clayton Richard and Jordan Zimmermann. And like I said, Wednesday was just a slice of the pie. The rest can be seen throughout the year just by running down some of the names on the stats page of your league’s web site.
It looks like we’re getting a little minor league influx this week – two big prospects and the return of a banished slugger. After much speculation over the past week or so, we received word over the weekend that Arizona pitching phenom Trevor Bauer would make his mound debut, that the Cubs were finally ready to bring up slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo and one-time 30-home run hitter from Toronto, Adam Lind, was coming back from his Triple-A exile and returning to the Blue Jays lineup. If, for any reason, any one of those guys sits available in your league, you better snatch them up as quickly as you can. There’s no guarantee, of course, that the production will be there immediately, but any one of the three is certainly worth a look.
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.
Happy Sunday everyone as another week of the fantasy baseball season is over as we creep closer and closer to the dog days of the baseball year in August. It is the first few days after the all-star break and a bunch of post hype-prospects are really hot right now, read further to see if I believe in any of them. We have a pitcher recently returning from the DL that is looking good, while one of the first half's best pitchers finally takes one on the chin. Finally we have news on why you should have never been worried about Neftali Feliz, and what I think about Daniel Hudson's start. Crack a cold one, sit back, relax, and enjoy Rounding The Bases.
Even when we are live in San Francisco, California you can still count on Fantasy Alarm to deliver the best fantasy information out there. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association Summer Conference starts today, and Jeff and I will be doing a football draft tonight, but we are still of course focused on baseball. We have talk of a starting pitcher who everyone loves that really isn't very good, but was great today. We have a struggling second baseman who looks like he is starting to turn the corner, as well as a couple of starters who might have figured it out. There are those stories and so much more if you dive into Rounding The Bases.
Another Friday, another night with a lot of news that involves the Disabled List. This season has brought with it more injuries than I ever remember. Of course this means that you have to get on board with Fantasy Alarm so you never start a hurt or benched player again! OK, enough of the shameless plug, We also talk about the most unbelievable leader in the wins category, a shortstop who has found his groove, and a rookie who continues to impress. As we welcome in Memorial Day Weekend, it is the perfect time to read up on the goings on in fantasy baseball and set your team up to take the championship, so enjoy tonight's Rounding The Bases.