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Another Happy Sunday to you all and I hope you’re having an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. I’m aware that this weekend is likely filled with all sorts of barbecues and celebrations and your time is limited here so we’re going to make this recap short and sweet today. With so many other distractions in life, including a significant other who is likely standing over you right now wondering why in the world you could be sitting in front of a computer when it’s time to leave for your brother’s house and your kids are in the car waiting, sometimes you just want the straight news. Give me the important stuff, short and sweet, and we can move on from there. So while you’re slathering yourself full of sunscreen right now, here’s a look at the Saturday highlights.
Given the way the Red Sox pitching staff has opened the season, it’s hard to argue against any decision John Farrell makes. So when he opted to go with Junichi Tazawa for his new closer instead of the well-proven Koji Uehara, there was little backlash from the fantasy community. Sure, there were some grumblings from the eager-beaver waiver hounds who remain glued to their league’s waiver wire and snatched up Uehara moments after Joel Hanrahan was hurt, but most of them were still fairly quick on the draw the following morning when it was announced that the choice made was actually Tazawa.
And just like that, after the long, cold winter, the MLB season is back in full force and the fantasy baseball season has officially begun. Happy Opening Day to you all. Worth the wait? I’d say so. We got a nice, little taste on Sunday night as the Astros won their very first game as an American League team and then Monday was just one of those days that made you feel like a little kid all over again. We saw some great baseball played with the promise of so much more to come.
A quick question for all you keeper league owners out there who love to protect starting pitching – why? With a position as deep as starting pitching is and with the ease of which pitchers get hurt, why is there such a need to protect any starters outside of the super-elite like Justin Verlander. Wednesday actually presents you with just a slice out of the “why you don’t protect starting pitching” pie. On a day when CC Sabathia was put on the DL with a strained groin, Andy Pettitte was lost to a broken ankle on a comebacker to the mound and Daniel Hudson headed to Dr. James Andrews to confirm his torn UCL and need for Tommy John surgery, you saw some unbelievable pitching performances from some rather unassuming names like Lucas Harrell, Jarrod Parker, Jonathon Niese, Clayton Richard and Jordan Zimmermann. And like I said, Wednesday was just a slice of the pie. The rest can be seen throughout the year just by running down some of the names on the stats page of your league’s web site.
Down the stretch we come! Only two and a half weeks left in the fantasy baseball season and finally the news is starting to slow down. However, at the end of the season we get some new, fresh blood out of the minor leagues and we get two exciting kids on mounds in Tampa Bay and Colorado. Unfortunately, I have to tell you that one of them will be pitching out of the bullpen. We also have news on two returning stars here to finish the season out, and some not so good injury news out of Bean Town. I give you one guy that I was wrong about this season and a few other nuggets in tonight's Rounding The Bases.
Welcome back to another edition of the Tuesday Top Ten list of relevant and newsworthy fantasy baseball stories. After making a triumphant return last week, your appetite has been whetted again to the point where you need your weekly dose. Now, without further adieu, here is the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball headlines for August 2, 2011.
It is another scorching Saturday here in Upstate New York as the thermometer pushed past 95 degrees again today. Hopefully we are supposed to get a reprive from this madness tomorrow, but the madness of fantasy baseball is still in full swing. Tonight we will celebrate the callup of one of the last great prospects we were watching before the season started, a former top prospect who suddenly has found his way, and another uber prospect who isn't doing what we hoped in 2011. There is always pitching news, and one of fantasy's finest third sackers hits the Disabled List. There is just over two months to go in the fantasy season as we continue to go Rounding The Bases.
Another week of the fantasy baseball season is in the books and we are now well into the month of June. For all of you who are looking for something new with Rounding The Bases, we are starting a new feature in this article as we will now give you a pitching streamer for you to focus on. Since I figure that a lot of you actually read the article the morning after it is published, the streamer will be two days in the future. So today, Sunday, I will give you a pitcher to stream for Tuesday. Once we get into a rotation, I will also post the results of the pitcher that I chose so you can see how I do. So not only will get a great recap of the night's events, you will now have a pitcher that can help you win your matchup each night.
It was a shortened schedule in the Major Leagues which means there isn't much to talk about in Rounding The Bases, but we have one of the most devastating injuries to date happening, as well as a middle infielder who goes down, while one that just came back who left the yard. A few outfielders are showing more muscle than anticipated, while another Mets' player goes down due to injury. As we get closer to June it means that each game is more important, and your subscription to the Fantasy Alarm service is even more vital to your championship, so visit the homepage now and get all of your player updates sent to your cell phone or to your email inbox tomorrow!
It is the night where many fantasy rosters jump back into shape as we welcome back three superstars from injury, while another solid player takes a step towards being the guy that he was. A former All-Star pitcher finds himself back in the minors, while his teammate shows that maybe he belongs there. We have a fat toad getting tattooed in the Bronx, and the league's best finally hits one in the people again. But we start out with the bad injury news and follow it up with everything else you need to know to keep your fantasy roster in shape, so enjoy this edition of Rounding The Bases.