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OK, yes, I saw the final strike called in the Texas/Tampa Bay game on Monday. Yes, it was an ugly call. Was it the worst call I’ve ever seen to end a game? Maybe. There have been so many over the years. But rather than dwell on something that has very little impact on your fantasy baseball team and will, in the grand scheme of things, mean absolutely nothing, I’d rather discuss something that may actually help you this season. I know it’s painful – like dentist chair painful – but let’s talk closers.
The Yankees have a few holes to fill, and instead of making big a big splash like they used to, names like Rivera and Hafner are ruling the day. The Padres continue to add arms to their stable, most recently Freddy Garcia, but it's Tim Stauffer who will be garnering most of the attention in this piece. The Angels brought in a guy to work the 9th inning this year that didn't throw a single big league pitch last season even though they already have a guy who appears to be a fella who can handle 9th inning duties if he's called upon. All of that plus the plight of Michael Bourn (where will he sign), Michael Pineda (when will he be healthy) and Kelly Johnson (should you pay attention on draft day to the newest Ray).
There was a little bit of player movement over the weekend that, while not of the same magnitude as the non-waiver trade deadline, still had some significance in the fantasy baseball world. As the teams that are out of playoff contention fall further and further out of the race, they begin to audition some of their more highly touted prospects to see just how they rate at the major league level. Some of them, you’ve heard of and some, maybe not so much. But if you take the time to scout a few of them, not only could you find yourself a nice two-month boost for this year, but you could also be getting a leg up on your competition for next season. Keeper league owners likely have a good number of these guys on their radar already, but they tend to be afterthoughts in re-draft leagues, and that might be where you can get a leg up, whether it’s using the players now or scouting them for your draft next year.
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.
All of our worst fears were realized on Monday as we got the time table for how long that Albert Pujols will be out. I won't say that it is crushing to fantasy teams, but wait....yes, it is crushing to fantasy teams. But there is more going on as a couple of Indians are pounding the ball and one of my favorite pitchers on my least favorite teams was dealing on Monday. I give you a pitcher that will definitely help you in the second half, and another that is sure to crack the starting rotation for his team soon. Finally there is news on a pitcher that helped himself to a victory on Monday and of course we give you a streaming option for Wednesday. You can't miss any of this as we continue to roll in Rounding The Bases.
It is another Friday in the world of fantasy baseball, and the biggest news on the landscape is the return of my least favorite player in the game. Even though I have to deal with that realization, there is also a potpourri of other injury and suspension news, good and bad. Guys were leaving games left and right, the disabled list got a few players heavier on Friday, and there is very little good news to report. The hottest hitter in baseball continues to rake, and the pitcher with the longest losing streak looks to be turning it around. Finally there is news of a young player making his mark, and the worst ninth inning situation might be improving. Don't forget about the pitching streamer of the day and the rest in Rounding The Bases.
Well it really sucks to be Phillies prospect Domonic Brown. It is your life's dream to play in the Major Leagues, and how is your luck you are called up the day before the end of the world!?!?!?!?!?! OK, I swear that is the last time that I will bring up that total nonsense. But we have a pair of A's pitchers on the shelf, while one of the American League's top hitters go there as well. One of the Red Sawks top hitters sends one ova da Monsta, while one of the hottest guys to start the season is starting to slide. There's this and so much more in tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
A lot of tonight's article revolves around veterans that are off to good starts that I question whether we believe in them or not. Some I decide that I do, while others I severely doubt. There is some news on multiple young pitchers and the exciting starts that they are off too, But we begin with closer news, one that has already lost his job, and another that damn well better before too long. Finally we talk about one of Fantasy Alarm's favorite sleepers and what he has been doing lately. Week three of the fantasy baseball season starts tomorrow and for the most part you still should be patient with the guys that you have but check out the news of the night from Rounding The Bases.