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In 1983 Rickey Henderson ran his way to 130 steals for the Athletics, a modern day baseball record (Hugh Nicol actually stole 138 bases in 1887 for the Cincinnati Red Stockings). Others of the modern era have hit triple-digits – Lou Brock, Vince Coleman Maury Wills – but those just aren't numbers we see anymore. Nowadays we're lucky to find guys who steal half as many bags. So why is it that you hear so many people in the fantasy game say 'I don't worry about steals early, I can find them late.' Is that an accurate statement? How should you look at steals for the coming season, and which players should you consider targeting?
So normally, Thursdays aren’t a full slate of games and, like Monday, I should be taking a little quality me time. But with a little time on my hands this afternoon, I thought I’d give you a bonus post here and dole out some accolades for several jobs well done from Thursday night. We’ll forgo the usual fantasy wisdom-filled introduction and cut right to the chase…
This is one of my favorite times of the fantasy year. We’re a little more than two months into the season and the standings are starting to shake out. The contenders are all trying to position themselves while the lower end of your standings is either fading into the background or, if you’re in a keeper league, waiting for their team to be plundered with the hopes of snagging some vital protects for next year. The trade talk is abundant, the negotiations are fierce and little by little your entire life is consumed with baseball. Sounds ideal, yes? Yes it does.
While the traditionalist inside me loathes the idea of interleague play, I can’t deny that it brought on a world of excitement in its first night of the 2012 season. There were pitcher’s duels, big nights at the plate, and a world of drama. Just the Cubs/White Sox game alone was loaded with enough action that had you on the edge of your seat for some time. Between Paul Konerko taking a pitch to the face and Kerry Wood’s mid-game retirement (did you see his kid come running out of the dugout and into his arms? Holy tearjerker!) I was glued to the TV. I might not dig the whole money-grubbing aspect that interleague has brought on, because that (the almighty dollar) is why it’s done these days, but I won’t deny that I watched some pretty good ball on Friday. Here’s a look at the highlights.
We are just two days away from the All-Star Break, but of course these games are still important as all of the news keeps rolling in. One of the top prospects left in the minors is coming to the majors, but his manager has already said that his stay won't be long. Another Red Sox pitcher goes down, which another AL pitcher takes one on the chin. One of my big man crushes is living up to my love, even if he didn't make the All-Star Break. A first round fantasy pick is finally waking up, while a guy we took a few rounds later is still disappointing. My pitching streamer from the other night didn't get the win, but it appears I am back on track as he still pitched really well. There will only be one more article before the Break so enjoy tonight's Rounding The Bases.
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.
There is a LOAD of bad injury news this season, including two guys that you really didn't want to see in the same sentence as the word injury. One Yankee star continues to lead the league in long balls, while perhaps their best hitter took one in the dome today. There is a potential closer who is having trouble between the ears, and a catcher who is having trouble between the legs. We have a Twins closer blowing a game, while a hitter trying to keep them in it. Lastly there is a hot prospect who goes yard, while a returning speedster is stealing bags like it is his job. All of that and don't forget to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to be sure that you never have to start a benched player again.
Another day, another rash of news in fantasy baseball. Tonight we have a couple of guys going to the Disabled List, a closer in danger of losing his job and the next guy in line. WE have a couple of injureid players, some more easier to predict than others. And as always we feature the top perfomers of the day. Feel free to contact Fantasy Alarm for all of your questions, and of course don't forget to sign up for the secret weapon, or text/email service that lets you know when your guys are out of the lineup.