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Hey, thanks. It’s good to be back. In case you haven’t noticed, the powers-that-be here at Fantasy Alarm have instructed me to take a little time for myself on days with a short slate of games and save the recaps for days that are a little more chock-full of news and excitement. Not that Monday didn’t have its fair share of news and excitement, but look at how much we have to choose from on Tuesday. There were 33 home runs hit with three multi-homer efforts, 21 bases stolen, five winning starting pitchers who went six or more innings and recorded shutouts, four double-digit strikeout performances and eight, yes eight, blown saves. A big day? I’d say so. Plenty of highs, plenty of lows and a whole lot of stuff in between.
Usually this section is reserved for one item in particular that either grabs my attention or something specific that really sticks in my craw – wow, do I sound like an 82 year old man yelling at kids to stay off of my lawn when I use that expression? – and commands my undivided attention. But with so much happening in the baseball world right now, I can’t even bring myself to focus on just one topic. Blame baseball for being so damn exciting or blame my scattered thought on sleep deprivation. Whatever the case may be, I’m going to break from our usual format and just hit you with some rapid fire baseball thoughts that are wrap up the events of yesterday and impact the fantasy baseball community at the same time.
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.
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.
I hate to kick a guy while he is down, but is it all over for Francisco Liriano? He came into the year with great expectations and he has done nothing but flop on his face and he did so in monumental fashion on Wednesday. Liriano threw 83 pitches in just three innings on his way to giving up seven runs. He did strike out four, but he also walked four in what could only be described as a disaster. I actually had picked up Liriano in a league over the weekend, and I am not ready to jettison him back to free agency just yet, but two or three more starts like this and I will be forced to throw in the towel on him. Try to remain patient, but I can't blame you right now if you can't be.
It is the second day of the season and many teams first game. There was a ton of offense today and some of the top pitchers in the league got off to a very rocky start and we tell you what to do with them. We have some exciting news when it comes to catchers and some more about middle infielders. Everyone in fantasy is always trying to fill those difficult areas, so be sure to check that out too. There is also another injury coming out of St. Louis, and it is going to have a big effect on fantasy teams.I wish that some stories in these articles were indeed jokes based on the "holiday" today.