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With the short slate of games on Thursday and the lack of a clear-cut Beast of the Day, we’re going to change up the format again. We’ll start with some of the highlights from Thursday and then discuss a few other important things from the baseball world that you should be aware of as you head down the stretch towards your impending championship. Even with the passing of MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline, there’s still plenty ahead. We’ve got waiver trades that are being discussed, late-season injuries, and of course, the plethora of minor leaguers being summoned as teams that are out of contention begin to audition some of their more high-profile youngsters. We’ve even got a few contenders reaching into their farm systems for a few guys that may give them the added boost they’ll need as they work towards a potential playoff spot. So without further ado, let’s get to it…
A wonderful holiday weekend to you all and another week of the fantasy baseball season is in the books and we are now just one week away from the unofficial mid-point of the season. The All-Star rosters were announced today, and I am interested in hearing your thoughts on the subject at firstname.lastname@example.org. A few quick ones of mine....Brandon League? Really? How is Andrew McCutchen not on the National League squad and for that matter, how is C.C. Sabathia not a pitcher for the American League? Can you tell me how they picked the NL's Last Man In Vote? Was it random? Names out of a hat? Dart board? Todd Helton? Are we all high? Enough of my ramblings, but feel free to shoot me an email, but until then enjoy tonight's news in Rounding The Bases.
We have the usual Thursday abbreviated schedule again today, and there also seems to be a lack of great performances as well. One of my "favorite" all time fantasy players needs a day off, a former caveman comes through in a big way, and we realize that it is just Tex being Tex. I realize that I might have a new man crush in Kansas City, while another one takes it on the chin in the Bronx. Another Phillies pitcher rolls through a lineup, and a Marlins hurler drives me nuts. It is all in a day's work here at Fantasy Alarm, and remember if you started Joe Mauer tonight, that you would have known to get him out of your lineup if you had signed up for Fantasy Alarm. Check out the homepage to find out more about fantasy baseball's secret weapon!
Johnny Damon could be headed back to the Red Sox. The 36 year old outfielder was claimed by the Sox and now has to decide if he is willing to go back. This really isn't fantasy relevant because I don't see his numbers taking a huge jump in Fenway Park, but it is a cool story since Damon was legendary in Boston with his Captain Caveman look. It could trickle down to a second wind for Damon and a slight increase in production as a shot in the arm going back to his former surroundings, but I wouldn't count much on it.