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Plenty to talk about tonight as we begin week 3 of the fantasy baseball season in style. Tonight we saw some big name players go down with injuries, a couple big league performances from part time players and a young starting pitcher who just had to have some T-shirts from his local Macy's department store. We're also going to give out some updates on guys who have been on the disabled list all season and let you know what you can expect of them in the coming weeks. So let's get it on with the latest edition of Rounding The Bases...
A little over a week into the 2011 MLB regular season and it is already evident that pitching once again rules. If you spent early round draft picks loading up on hitters than you are probably in pretty good shape. But if you bought pitching early on then you are probably missing out on offense so far this season. Tonight we saw streamer pitchers such as Bruce Chen, Phil Humber and Chris Narveson dominate the opposition while trusted names such as Javier Vasquez and Clay Buchholz struggled. Let's take a look around the league and see which players produced on this fine Saturday night in April.
So much action taking place tonight but perhaps the biggest story of the year is our headline this evening. There are a number of reports that say Manny Ramirez failed another random PED test about a week ago and was about to be issued a 100 game suspension. But Ramirez abruptly retired this afternoon instead of facing the wrath of the commissioner's office and yet another suspension. It is a very sad way to go out for one of the games all-time greatest hitters but it has become obvious that "Manny being Manny" is nowhere near as charming as it used to be. Now let's check out what else happened around the league tonight....
Only ten games on the docket today but that hasn't stopped the fantasy baseball train from rolling along as we finally see some outstanding pitching performances from a number of aces today and plenty of offensive output as well albeit from some unlikely sources. There's also some news about the return of Adam Dunn, an exciting young infielder suffers a broken leg, a potential closer returns from the disabled list and then there's Manny being Manny. It's time for a fantasy baseball recap so as Def Leppard said back in the '80's, "Step inside, walk this way, you and me baby...hey, hey!"
Last March, I posted my predictions for the 2010 season on my site Fighting Chance Fantasy and was told by many that I was crazy. The Cincinnati Reds winning the NL Central? The Red Sox finishing in third in the AL East? The Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants playing in the World Series? At the time these daring thoughts appeared a little far fetched but alas each and every one came true. Of course, I also said that the Rangers were going to win the World Series, the Padres would finish with the worst record in baseball and predicted Justin Smoak would be the AL Rookie Of The Year. So, obviously anything can happen in a baseball season and for your viewing pleasure here is another round of MLB Predictions. Read them at your own risk and please feel free to agree or especially disagree by leaving your comments right here underneath the article.
The trading season has begun and we will continue to give you our analysis and opinions on all that comes down as the trade deadline approaches. Injuries are still abound as more of today's stars are riding the pine.