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Tuesday night was so loaded with action that it’s tough to know where to start here. Do I appeal to your traditional baseball side and talk about the hot, young starting pitching that we saw or do I go lowest common denominator and appeal to your inner thug? Decisions , decisions. Well, why don’t I do both and we can cover it all? And since that Dodgers/Diamondbacks game got pretty crazy and had some fairly big names involved, let’s just lead with that, shall we?
The good news is that here on Monday, the games don’t start until 7pm (ET) so you can really take your time and study up on things before you have to set your lineup for the week. The bad news is that there’s a lot going on that you’re going to have to stay on top of during the day in order to set that lineup properly. Between Ryan Braun’s thumb injury and Hanley Ramirez’ hamstring MRI to the debuts of Gerritt Cole and Zack Wheeler, there seems to be a lot happening right now. Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison are headed back from the DL this week. Ike Davis? He’s in Triple-A. Brandon McCarthy? Still suffering seizures. Matt Kemp won’t return from his injury on-time, Ian Kinsler is finally working his way back from his and good ol’ Chase Utley is right on schedule for his mid-June return. Are you writing this stuff down?
Albert Pujols is a superstar by any definition of the word. He produces time and time again on the field. He does nothing off the field to bring shame to himself of his team. He's someone the kiddies should try to emulate. However, does that mean that he's still a good enough hitter that he should be a top-10 lock in 2013? Maybe – maybe not. The Marlins have faced, and will continue to face, innumerable questions about how they continue to run their franchise into the ground. On the field they have some questions about the 9th inning as well as what the health situation is with Logan Morrison. We'll investigate. We'll also touch on a right-handed pitcher who seems intent on coming out of retirement as well as trying to discern just what in the heck the D'backs are doing with their best player, Justin Upton.
Another day closer to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline and another day of deals done in the books. Tuesday didn’t seem as big or action-packed, but maybe that’s just being de-sensitized from the action from the day before. Because while maybe the deals weren’t as involved (or player-heavy, I should say), there were still some big names changing teams and the impact, both in reality and in fantasy, could be huge. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got…
To a certain extent, every player is an injury risk. They are grown men, playing a game, throwing their bodies around with reckless abandonment. They get hurt. That’s just fact. But obviously, there are some that are riskier than others and for all intents and purposes; Josh Hamilton is the riskiest of them all.
Today marks exactly two weeks left in the regular season as teams, both fantasy and reality, need to make that last second push. So, an injury in St. Louis comes at the worst possible time, a player in Florida seems to be in his last few days with the team, but he isn't letting get him down, and a promising shortstop let me down in the nation's capital. We also have talk of a few middle of the road pitchers and what I expect from them next season, and one of my favorite third basemen and how he let me down this season. The sands of the hourglass have almost run out, but that doesn't mean that you can afford to miss the baseball roundup you know as Rounding The Bases.
Happy Hump Day from your friends at Fantasy Alarm as we enter the final week of the month of August. It is truly on the strong that still survive, and at this point it is always the smaller moves that make the difference between winning and losing. Tonight we have some news of some potential waiver trades that could be going down, a rehabbing star and what I think about his chances of contributing this year, a potential new closer in the Big Apple, a brand new dad, and returning young star who needs to ease up on the tweeting. It is now or never for your fantasy team so be sure to check out Rounding The Bases.
It is the end of another week of fantasy baseball and hopefully this article finds you on the good end of another matchup. Injuries and other factors are going to play a bigger and bigger role as we head down the stretch and every week now becomes more and more important as we get closer to the fantasy playoffs. Only three or four weeks are left until we are playing against the best of the best, and you need to make the moves now to maximize your roster in order to make it the best that it can be. Have you been holding on to that injured guy forever? Is he going to come back in time to help you? These are the decisions that need to be made before it is too late. We will continue to give you the news as it happens to help you win a championship here at Fantasy Alarm with Rounding The Bases.
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 is another weekend in the world of fantasy baseball, and as it seems like every day, there is more injury news on Friday, some more significant than others. There is also news about a guy who seemed like he would be a big major league player this year who was sent to the farm yet again. We have two young sluggers who are just returning from injury, and an aging veteran who is going out on the DL yet again. We have a second year player who is serving notice to fantasy owners, and a second year pitcher who can't buy a break. Remember to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to be sure that you never start a benched player again and be sure to stay right here for all of the best content on Fantasy Alarm.