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Justin Verlander. Clayton Kershaw. Stephen Strasburg. Craig Kimbrel. These are the elite pitchers heading into the 2013 fantasy baseball season if you listen to the scuttlebutt around the water cooler. We all know that. But are there instances where lesser known names, the A.J. Burnett's of the world, are also worth taking note of on draft day? Remember, while we all need production on the field, if you can consistently find value at any spot, pitching is no different than hitting, you can come out well ahead in the fantasy game. You can let someone take Justin Verlander in the first round and if he returns first round value fantastic. But what if you grab Homer Bailey and Alexei Ogando in the 15th and 16th rounds and they return 8th and 9th round value – which move would be the better fantasy play based on a return on investment perspective? In this article we'll hit on some numbers that just might change your perception about hurlers for the coming campaign.
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).
Well, with no feel-good story, no big rookie call-up, and no big trade to report, it makes me just want to sit here and start gushing about Mike Trout some more. I happened to be watching Friday’s Angels/Mariners game and again, this kid just does it all. The Angels are down 5-0 in the third because for some inane reason they still let Ervin Santana start games, and in the bottom half of the inning, Trout steps up with two men on and BAM! Smacks a three-run shot over the fence to put the Angels back into the game.
With little or no news coming in from the waiver circuit and even less getting churned out of the MLB rumor mill, it looks like we can just focus on the games now – which is actually a good thing. Sometimes we get so caught up in who’s moving where and which teams are buyers and which are sellers, that we tend to lose a little focus on our own personal team needs. With less than two months to go, it’s more important now than ever to either solidify your place at the top of the standings or figure out your best course of action to get there. In the meantime, we’re going to get to the highlights as Saturday had some outstanding performances.
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 another weekend in fantasy baseball and again we have a bunch of injury news. We have a highly touted pitcher who struggled out of the gate is getting closer to returning, while two high round picks are both out of their team's lineup. And of course we have plenty of news and notes from today's games including two high strikeout/high ERA pitchers squaring off, a struggling second baseman trying to break out, a couple of pitchers trying to turn their season around and a couple of guys under the radar who are getting the job done.
It is the night where many fantasy rosters jump back into shape as we welcome back three superstars from injury, while another solid player takes a step towards being the guy that he was. A former All-Star pitcher finds himself back in the minors, while his teammate shows that maybe he belongs there. We have a fat toad getting tattooed in the Bronx, and the league's best finally hits one in the people again. But we start out with the bad injury news and follow it up with everything else you need to know to keep your fantasy roster in shape, so enjoy this edition of Rounding The Bases.
Dude, let's go get an appendectomy! Yeah, that's right you heard me, all the guys in the major leagues are doing it, it is all the rage! It's just a few puncture wounds and bam, in a week you are back in business. That might sound ridiculous, but we have another slugger whose abdomen will keep them out, as well as a pitcher whose fingernail lands him on the DL. On a positive note, one of the best closers in baseball is coming back from injury, and we talk about a handful of guys who continue to bang the baseball around. Finally there is some news on some starting pitchers, some with mixed results and a former Cy Young winner who DOMINATED.