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You know those fantasy days where it all just hits you at the same time? You open up your live scoring page and all your hitters have 0-for’s next to their names and your pitchers have ERA and WHIP totals so high that you’re wondering if anyone actually completed a single inning? You look your roster up and down and the only things you have in abundance are red crosses and injury note tags? You know those days? Absolutely frustrating. Mind-numbing, really.
They say that one bad apple can spoil the bunch and while I’m still trying to figure out who “they” are, they are a thousand percent right. I made 12 very specific phone calls on Wednesday evening, all to people with whom I discuss baseball, both real and fantasy, on a regular basis and waited for them to introduce baseball to the conversation to see which topic they would touch on first. I got 11 Melky Cabrera suspensions and just one Felix Hernandez perfect game. Both seem to be a semi-regular occurrence these days, granted, but why do we gravitate towards the negative?
Just a quick rundown today, folks. Lots of great ball played on Monday and who doesn’t love a full slate of games on what is normally considered a day of rest for the sport? But while the games were great and there was a bit of action to be had all over the place, no one really stood out as head and shoulders above the rest. Sure, there were some great pitching performances and obviously there were a handful of hitters that did their fantasy owners right, but for me, no one worthy of that coveted Beast tag today. What can you do? It happens. Doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to see though…
Which guys are hot when they get to sleep in their beds and have some home cooking on the table? Conversely, which players seem to do better when they can order room service? Is there such a thing as a first or second half player or are we merely fooling ourselves because it seems logical? I'll debate that line of thought with --- myself. I'll also mention a former slugging first baseman who is coming off the DL. I'll touch on a dominating hurler from the NL East who is headed to the DL. I'll then talk about two middle relievers that are being wasted by their teams and tell you whey their clubs should get these two fellas into the starting rotation.
Welcome back to another edition of the Tuesday Top Ten list of relevant and newsworthy fantasy baseball stories. This week presented a whole new batch of insignificant happenings that of course caught my eye and must be posted immediately. Now, without further adieu, here is the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball headlines for August 16, 2011.
It is the start of Week 13 in the fantasy baseball season and we are now just a couple of weeks away from the All-Star Break and it is time for you to really figure your place in your leagues. It is never too late to make a move unless you have say 28 points in a roto league. Perhaps the best prospect left in the minor leagues got the call today and a couple of Cubs made like it was 1999 today. I will give you a player coming off of the Disabled List that could help your team if he was dropped, and a pitcher that you might like that you shouldn't. It is just a typical Monday in the world of fantasy baseball so enjoy Rounding The Bases.
It is another exciting Monday in fantasy baseball, and I know a lot of you are thinking that Monday and excitement shouldn't be in the same sentence, but believe me every day is exciting during baseball season. With the beginning of June comes the wave of prospects being called to the majors, and we got another good one called to the Big Show today that is especially exciting if you need speed. We had one elite player finally go on the DL, and an above average pitcher going to get his elbow checked out. Finally, a hard luck loser finally gets his win. That and so much more on tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
The calendar changes again as we enter June and fantasy baseball is in full swing. It is prospect season now as many of the minors' best will be discussed in front offices as teams decide whether or not to bring their players up. You will likely see many over the next week or so, including Brett Lawrie even though he is resting a few days after being hit on the hand. You will likely really have to make some tough choices with these kids coming up as you can't have all of them so you have to hedge your bets on which one or two might be able to help your team. But there is plenty of other news and games happening each and every day so never miss a night of Rounding The Bases.
Another Friday, another night with a lot of news that involves the Disabled List. This season has brought with it more injuries than I ever remember. Of course this means that you have to get on board with Fantasy Alarm so you never start a hurt or benched player again! OK, enough of the shameless plug, We also talk about the most unbelievable leader in the wins category, a shortstop who has found his groove, and a rookie who continues to impress. As we welcome in Memorial Day Weekend, it is the perfect time to read up on the goings on in fantasy baseball and set your team up to take the championship, so enjoy tonight's Rounding The Bases.
As we head into the weekend series there is some new news on an injured outfielder and we get the diagnosis on another. A shirt thief pitches well and another returning pitcher deals in Atlanta. Dave Duncan is at it again in St. Louis and a hot start has gone cold. A couple of young sluggers go yard for the first time and the Tribe keep rolling. Of course don't forget about the Fantasy Alarm service where we send player updates directly to your cell phone via text message or right to your email inbox. Visit the home page, watch the video, and get signed up today!