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You know, for a day with a short slate of games, Thursday turned out to be quite eventful for baseball fans and fantasy owners alike. There was crazy extra-inning drama, unsung heroes, devastating injuries, and breaking news filled with both hope and despair. We’ve got our usual highlights for you here, but once again, with fewer games on the docket, we can break from out usual format and discuss more than just the top (and bottom) performers from the evening. So let’s not waste any more time and get right to it.
Though it was a typical short slate of games Thursday, the night was jam-packed with big names and big stories. There was the much-anticipated match-up between Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish, Bryce Harper was back on the field to lend his support to teammate and fellow superstar Stephen Strasburg who was still looking for his first win since Opening Day, the Mariners were looking for their first series win at Yankee Stadium in what seemed like a bazillion years, and there were aces abound with the likes of Adam Wainwright, Jose Fernandez, Mat Latos and Matt Cain all taking the hill. Yet with all of that star power front and center and in the spotlight, none of it compared to what was actually my favorite part of the night.
So goes the life of a journeyman slugger in the twilight of his career. Just one week after “saving” Jonathan Papelbon and the Phillies with his record-setting 13th career walk-off home run, Jim Thome was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a pair of minor league players. Thome, now on his sixth team in the last three years is coming back to the AL and working as a full-time DH which really, is the best thing for him, the Orioles, and for fantasy owners.
So I had just finished watching the first wave of games on Wednesday night and was going to get a jump on my article. Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey just pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout, his second complete-game shutout in his last three outings, and had now gone four straight starts without allowing a single earned run. And as a topper, his 12 strikeouts gave him a total of 50 over his last five starts. Right? How do you not lead with that when doing a recap article of the night’s baseball highlights?
Apologies if your Sunday breakfast was not complete without your daily fix of Rounding the Bases, but circumstances beyond my control kept me from delivering the daily fantasy baseball chatter you’ve grown to love this season. Somehow, some way, I know you’ll understand, so rather than dwell on it, let’s just get to the news and events from Sunday. With so much to talk about, we’re going to bounce all over the place here, so try to keep up…
Yes, it's true, the regular season of football is over, so now is the time to start focusing on the diamond. You may barely be over your New Year's Eve hangover, I know the seven Long Island's I pulled back on are still affecting my vision, but it's time to get to breaking down the 2012 fantasy baseball season. To do that I'll take a sweep around the landscape of the game and give some thoughts on the major players that have switched teams this offseason either by trade or through free agent signings. Did you overlook any of the moves due to drinking, lack of interest, or your intense focus on the fantasy football season?
It is just about September and you are looking at your fantasy roster and thinking "where the hell did I go wrong? I drafted such a great team!" Well friends, sometimes things that look great on paper don't turn out to be exactly what we thought they might. And then other times they are so bad that it kills your season all together. Well, if you have more than one or two guys on this list below, chances are you aren't a happy camper when you think about Fantasy Baseball 2011, and chances are also that your team is on the lower third of the standings. I present to you the ten biggest busts of the 2011 season, why they were busts, and whether I think this was just a subpar season or whether this is going to be a trend that continues.
Happy Hump Day as another week of fantasy baseball has reached its midpoint, and as always there is a ton going on. We have a struggling superstar who seems to be finally righting the ship, while an elite middle infielder has still yet to find his way. A stud pitcher seems to have turned the corner, while an oft injured hurler throws himself a great outing. We have a catcher coming out of nowhere all of a sudden, a speedster flying under the radar, and a pitcher just returning from the minors who looked good, and so much more on Wednesday's edition of Rounding The Bases.
Another week of the fantasy baseball season is behind us, and it is hard to believe it is the middle of May already. The biggest power hitter of 2010 is showing that it was no fluke, while one of the elite pitchers from last season finally gets in the win column. One of the elite power hitters in the middle infield is trying to get on track, while a young pitcher in Arizona is showing signs of breaking out. An aging catcher is on a hot streak, while an injury prone shortstop is doing well since coming back from injury. The season is definitely in full swing so be sure to check out all of the content on Fantasy Alarm to help you earn a fantasy championship.
It is another wonderful Monday in fantasy baseball as we talk about some hot hitting first baseman, an outfielder I have no faith in, as well as some starting pitchers who are doing well. I tell you two players that are doing well that I have no faith in, as well as two players that aren't doing well that I am sure are going to turn it around. Please don't forget to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service in order to be sure that you always know when your players will be out of the lineup so you never start a benched player again. It is the tool you need to be sure that you win your leagues this season, so visit us today and put yourself in position to win your leagues this season.