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Talk to any hardcore numbers guy out there and ask about some of the hot and cold starts to the season and they’ll tell you the exact same thing – small sample size. We’ve got a long way to go before these numbers have any sort of a major effect. With only a small handful of games in the books, an 0-3 start is not the end of the world. There are still 159 games to go, so simmer down, Yankees and Red Sox fans. Austin Jackson is batting .571 while Matt Holliday is hitting just .167? Relax. We’re less than 20 at-bats into a season in which both will see atleast 500 more. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement as we wrap up the first weekend of baseball, but if there’s one piece of sound fantasy advice you’re given every year, it is to be patient. The fantasy season, like real baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.
“Wait, wait, wait….whaaaat? What’s today? Easter? Really? Well did they know it was the first weekend of baseball when they made it Easter? Oh, really? It was Easter before it was baseball? Hmmm. Yeah, I don’t know about that, but ok, I guess.”
I've been saying it for years - get rid of the macho attitude and just get on base. Turns out that my message may have finally reached Mark Teixeira. What will the Nationals do with Bryce Harper to start the 2012 season. Could he actually break camp as a member of the starting lineup? The Astros signed Livan Hernandez. How does that move impact the rest of the Astros' rotation? And finally, I know he's coming off a terrific season, but just how good is this Adrian Beltre fella?
Prince Fielder trusted his agent and waited, and waited, and waited. It paid off as the Tigers signed him to the 4th largest deal in the history of baseball. Will he continue to have success in Detroit? At this time of year everyone talks about projections. I'll give my thoughts on why I think number projections are a shell game that no one really has the answer to. I'll also touch on two relatively minor signings – Bartolo Colon to the A's and Wilson Betemit to the Orioles – and tell you which one has the potential to be a more significant move for the 2012 season.
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.
Baseball season is back in full swing, and unfortunately the injury bug continues to bite some of the games best young players. There is word of a lasting injury in Tampa Bay, while the one in Pittsburgh appears to be no big deal. Miguel Cabrera was seeing double at Yankee Stadium, and I don't mean he was at Foley's, and one of the game's best closers was back on the mound. There's more news around the Majors as well as we roll into the first full week of the season. Most importantly, don't forget to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to have these updates sent directly to your inbox or cell phone so you know that guys on your team are in or out of the lineup every day.