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It was like the Year of the Pitcher on the first day of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. The batters were up at the plate with the lumber, but try as they might they were unable to make solid contact in a ton of their at-bats. Which pitchers excelled the first time they took the hill? Which of the arms that did excel should be looked at for big things in 2013? Which of the arms should you be a bit worried about? Should we all be worried about managers curtailing the workload of those arms after so many were seemingly pulled well before their pitch total went into the danger zone in their first outing? We'll explore those thoughts in this piece. What a great sentence.
Some serious apologies to those still stopping by the Rounding the Bases blog only to find a major lack of content lately. I had taken a few days off last week and we’re at that point in the year where we’re all transitioning to the fantasy football side for the upcoming NFL season. That’s not to say that we’re abandoning baseball coverage, but we are scaling it back a bit with just a month to go.
It is hard to believe, but it is Tuesday once again which means it is time for the Top Ten list of newsworthy fantasy baseball happenings. The calendar has turned to June and the fantasy baseball season has entered its tenth week. Time seems to fly by when you are having fun or checking the waiver wire to fill the void left by an injured player. That being said, let's dive right into the Tuesday Top Ten list and see what is crack-a-lacking.
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.
Stop the presses folks, it is time to run to your waiver wire as perhaps the best prospect in the minors is about to show his face in Kansas City and you need to know about it NOW! Besides that we talk about an icon getting a "day off", a couple of young starters who look to turn around the rough starts to their careers, and a closer who seems that he might be on the DL for sucking. I continue my crusade against Lance Berkman and cover everything else relevant in the world of fantasy baseball for this Thursday. Please do yourself a favor and sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to be sure that you never start a benched player again!
There was not a lot of offense around the major leagues today so this version of Rounding The Bases is going to be all about the pitchers. Well, we will discuss two position players, but other than that it is all about the pitchers. We have a couple of bullpens with major questions in them and a lot of starting pitching. We have guys who are on incredible rolls, and others who were just disastrous. But whether they were good or bad, we will tell you what to expect from them in the future and what you should do with them.
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....