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One of the keys to a successful fantasy season is not just identifying which players are about to catch fire and embark on an impressive hot streak, but your ability as an owner to ride that streak and cut bait when it’s all said and done. All too often, we fall in love with our players, particularly the ones who are massively exceeding our expectations, and we tend to put false hope in numbers that, deep down, we know won’t last. We may hope they last, but we need to be realistic and understand that the law of averages is in play here and what goes up, usually comes back down. Sure, there are always exceptions to the rule, but for every one legitimate breakout, you’re looking at dozens of guys playing over their heads who will eventually see their lofty numbers normalize over time, some shorter than others. Understanding that fact and the ability to simply cut these hot players once they go cold is almost as much an art form as identifying the breakouts before they happen.
More often than not, the MLB record books and record-breaking moments have very little impact on the fantasy baseball world. Sure, it’s amazing to see a pitcher win his 300th game or to watch a player get his 3000th hit, but for the sake of the fantasy game, it’s just another win or just another hit. Usually the player already has a high-profile, so his cost is already pretty high and it’s not like you’re plucking a potential Hall of Fame candidate off your league’s waiver wire. But sometimes a record comes to the foreground and brings attention to a player who doesn’t often see the spotlight. That player today is Washington Nationals starter Edwin Jackson.
Injuries are coming hot and heavy, but our focus switches to the on field performances of the night in Major League Baseball. Our top story is one of fantasy baseball's favorite younger brothers shows us exactly what he is capable of, one of my favorite rookies is on a power surge, and a pitching coach affects fantasy baseball yet again. We talk about two players that have had career nights that you completely can't count on, as well as one pitcher that I am liking more and more as he puts it togther in the last six weeks of the year. Finally there is some injury news as well as a prospect who you need to know just in case he continues to shine. There aren't too many days left in the baseball season which means that now more than ever you need Rounding The Bases.
Happy Friday everyone as we are in the dead center of both the NFL free agency and closing in on the Major League Baseball trading deadline, it has never been more fun to be a fan of team sports here in America, and we have you covered like a blanket here at Fantasy Alarm. The fantasy baseball news comes in fast and furious as another superstar player that no one pays attention to was dealt to a World Series contender, a pitcher that no one should believe in finally came off the DL, and one that perhaps we forgot about is trying to get back into the fantasy player's mind. A first baseman in Kansas City is red hot, as is a second baseman in Atlanta that many wrote off. I know you are all enjoying your weekend, but take a few minutes out to enjoy 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.
After a brief hiatus, Rounding The Bases is back and ready to lead you in the second half of the season to a fantasy championship. Tonight we have a new closer that is an old closer that converted his first chance, a Cubs pitcher picks up where he left off when he got hurt, and a few pitchers are on a decent hot streak. One of the first half's best takes one on the chin to start the second half, and perhaps the most fragile man in the majors pitches well. Get ready to make that move in your league to collect a championship each night here on Fantasy Alarm.com!
Welcome to the third installment of the Tuesday Top Ten where I will be presenting you with ten of the most newsworthy events in all of baseball, both real and fantasy. Each item will have some general information and then a short analysis of the potential fantasy impact. As you already know, the ranking of the list is completely subjective based on my own arbitrary criteria. So without further adieu, let's get a drumroll from Paul Shaffer and roll out the Tuesday Top Ten list for May 17, 2011.
It was a very interesting day in the majors this Saturday, but it didn't yield a ton of new fantasy news. We had an elite closer go down to an injury, a Japanese pitcher spin an absolute gem and a fantasy sleeper return from the Disabled List. A slugging catcher continues to slug, some pitchers looking very good, while others look horrendous. We even had one who looked badly while pitching well. We also will gab about an outfielder who has gotten my attention and I tell you whether or not you should make a move on him. Don't miss that and so much more in tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
Another season, another big time injury for Josh Hamilton and we will chronicle that as well as who is the man to replace him in that lineup. There is also more injury news from California and New York as well as a returning slugger in America's Heartland. From the pitching angle we have a great young pitching duel, a hot start that starts to cool, and one that keeps going pretty strong. And of course we also give you the top performers of the night. With all of this injury talk it is the perfect time to remind you to head to the home page and sign up for Fantasy Alarm and NEVER start a benched player again!
Only ten games on the docket today but that hasn't stopped the fantasy baseball train from rolling along as we finally see some outstanding pitching performances from a number of aces today and plenty of offensive output as well albeit from some unlikely sources. There's also some news about the return of Adam Dunn, an exciting young infielder suffers a broken leg, a potential closer returns from the disabled list and then there's Manny being Manny. It's time for a fantasy baseball recap so as Def Leppard said back in the '80's, "Step inside, walk this way, you and me baby...hey, hey!"