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OK, so we’re pulling in a little late to the station today. What can you do? Father’s Day weekend had a few more festivities than I expected and like a good dad I was sound asleep on the couch by 8:30 pm on Sunday. So again, rather than just stick to the top and bottom performances from Sunday, we’re going to splash in a few random fantasy baseball thoughts and some news for today that might be integral to setting your lineups for the week. Remember, the games don’t start until 7:00pm (ET) today so there’s plenty of time. And away we go…
Should you care about September call-ups: guys like Wil Myers, Billy Hamilton, Dylan Bundy and Shelby Miller? Mike Trout is still killing it. How long can he keep it up? Just how far has Adan Dunn rebounded? The homers are there, but what about his horrific batting average and atrocious strikeout pace? Roy Oswalt pitching better than you thought. Seriously. Should someone be giving him a chance to start?
If Albert Pujols struggled, and he did, the brainiacs among you remained patient knowing things would turn around. His track record of excellence dictated it. If you owned Mark Teixeira you remained patient knowing full well that his production seemingly always improves as the season moves forward. You've been rewarded for your patience. However, what do you do if a player doesn't have a track record like these two? What do you do if a player is coming back off an injury? What do you do if a player is aging or inexplicably unable to perform of late? Should you be panicking or should you hold fast with said players?
It’s late June, we’re wrapping up interleague play, we’re talking about rookies racking up enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title (hello, Mike Trout) and yet we still have some firsts for 2012 happening right before our eyes. Nothing better than something new and exciting, right? Well, two of fantasy baseball’s hottest pick-ups over the past few weeks made their 2012 debut Friday night and each of them performed up to task and worthy of a stash on your bench for however long you needed to stash them.
If it hasn’t already happened yet, it will, so you’re going to want to make sure you stay prepared. But with yesterday’s news that Roy Halladay would miss six to eight weeks with a lat muscle problem and that he was being joined on the DL by Jered Weaver due to a back strain and that Roy Oswalt was signing with the Rangers likely bringing Neftali Feliz’ time as a starter to a close, your waiver wire should be a hotbed of action. Pitchers are going to start getting picked up at a rapid rate as owners begin to worry about the starters they stream and the apparent lack of depth available at this point in the season. Now obviously there’s no reason to panic, but would I grab an extra starter or two, someone half decent to stash away and leave on my bench? Absolutely. I wouldn’t do it if it came at the expense of a better offensive choice and I wasn’t in dire need, but if the league is fairly deep and you have the bench space, then I don’t think it would hurt to have an extra arm or two available – for your own use or even for trade. It’s just a matter of keeping up with the trends and keeping yourself covered. We’re only a third of the way through the season, so with so much baseball still to go, any little advantage helps.
Lance Berkman may or may not be done fore the rest of the 2012 season, we're just not sure yet. Ryan Braun --- so much for the concerns that he wouldn't be able to produce this season because of the off the field stuff that was swirling around him. Dee Gordon has been awful this season, so much so that he's lost his spot in the Dodgers order. Who is likely to hit atop the lineup? Roy Oswalt wants to pitch for a contender near his Mississippi home. He might get his wish. I'll also give you three names of players who have been tearing it up at the dish the past two weeks.
It is now the middle of August and it certainly seems like we are coming down the home stretch of the fantasy baseball season, but oh no friends, we still have six weeks more to go of this wonderful season. I know it is hard to keep focus with all of the fun and excitement of fantasy football fast approaching, but if you are this close to a championship I urge you to hold it together and finish the season strong! We will help you by talking about hit streaks, five man rotations, and who excelled on Saturday and what you can expect from them next season. There is one more day of this week's matchup so why not work into it with Rounding The Bases?
After a month-long absence, your Tuesday Night Top Ten column is back…with a vengeance. Ok maybe not with a vengeance, but it is back. In keeping with the tradition, I have compiled ten of the most newsworthy stories and happenings in fantasy baseball for you. Some of them contain humor. Some of them contain advice. Some of them contain useful information. But they all contain sentences, words and punctuation. Now, without further adieu, here is the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball headlines for July 26, 2011.
It is a long week in fantasy baseball this week as every team is playing the full seven games, and this is one of the first days I can think of in a while where we haven't had a rainout. As usual there is a ton of injury news, as another of the New York Mets is looking at a stint on the DL, as well as much more. The king of fantasy baseball shifted to the other side of the diamond on defense tonight, and a Royals pitcher got absolutely crushed tonight. There were a lot of pitchers issuing walks tonight, and a new closer made it look easy on this night. As the injuries and rainouts continue to mount, it is increasingly obvious that you need to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service so you don't miss out on the important lineup news for the guys on your team.
Welcome back to the second installment of the Tuesday Top Ten. If you are a fan of alliteration, then you should really enjoy that title. If you do not know what alliteration is, then do yourself a favor and look it up. Since it is Tuesday, I will be ranking the ten most newsworthy fantasy baseball events and stories for you in an order that is purely based on my own subjective criteria. Without further adieu, here is your Tuesday Top Ten: