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We have reached the last full week of the fantasy baseball season, and at this point all that is left to cover is a few injuries that are still lingering, as well as recognizing the great or pathetic seasons that players have had. Tonight we have made it official who the greatest closer in the history of baseball truly is, some disappointing players who are out of lineups whether temporarily or for the rest of the season, and I name the American League Most Valuable Player. Lastly I give you a few players that have caught my attention this season and how I see their value in drafts at the start of 2012. It is never too late to start thinking about next year's drafts!!!!!
With the 2011 baseball season about to end in a couple weeks, most fantasy leagues are also in or near the end of their playoffs as well. To commemorate these events, this week’s Top Ten list discusses the ten best fantasy baseball performers of the year. I have split the list with five hitters and five pitchers. Obviously this list is up for debate as others may have different opinions. But my evaluation is based on both rotisserie and points-based fantasy leagues. Before anyone asks, no, Jason Bay did not crack this list. If I was compiling a list of suck, then Bay would be right near the top. Now, without further adieu, here is this week’s edition of the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball players of the year.
It has been a long time my friends but it feels good to be back here rounding up another sultry night of baseball. We still don't have an end to the NFL lockout but that is probably a good thing since temperatures around the country move past the 100 degree threshold and that would be pretty unhealthy for running two a days in full pads. Anyways, while my partner Ryan Hallam is off frolicking around Citi Field I am left to wonder how in the hell Curtis Granderson has 26 HR's already this season and even more surprising is Jacoby Ellsbury who hit is 14th and 15th HR's today. With that, let's take a stroll through tonight's fantasy baseball highs and lows.
It's Tuesday which means it is time for the Top Ten list of fantasy baseball newsworthy happenings. However, due to some personal obligations I have tonight, I am going to make this a Top Five list. I hope you don't mind. Before I delve into this week's list, I must disclose something to you loyal readers. I am a lifelong Mets fan (hold your laughter and tears). This week has been even more embarassing to admit that, even after the last few years of collapses, disappointments and failures. If you haven't heard, Mets' owner Fred Wilpon was recently quoted in an article written by Jeffrey Toobin for the New Yorker where he essentially threw his three best players under the bus. He said Jose Reyes will never get Carl Crawford-type money in free agency, David Wright is not a superstar, and that he was a schmuck for signing Carlos Beltran to the 7 year/$119 million contract solely based on the 2004 playoffs (oh and that Beltran is now only 65-70% the player he once was). The disclosure I want to share with you is that Wilpon also said that my writing skills are mediocre at best and that I am as humorous as the German Funnybot from South Park. Thanks Mr. Wilpon. Onto the news.
There is a LOAD of bad injury news this season, including two guys that you really didn't want to see in the same sentence as the word injury. One Yankee star continues to lead the league in long balls, while perhaps their best hitter took one in the dome today. There is a potential closer who is having trouble between the ears, and a catcher who is having trouble between the legs. We have a Twins closer blowing a game, while a hitter trying to keep them in it. Lastly there is a hot prospect who goes yard, while a returning speedster is stealing bags like it is his job. All of that and don't forget to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to be sure that you never have to start a benched player again.
It is another weekend in fantasy baseball, and as always there is plenty of action going on from coast to coast. As far as big fantasy news, there is another pretty serious prospect coming to the majors, but other than that it is a bit of a light night. We have news of a big name starting pitcher that has hit the disabled list, a lower name that has already thrown his second shutout of the season, and two more that are on a nice roll. We have a catcher that you shouldn't fall in love with, while we talk about an outfielder that you should. It is time for the weekend, so crack a cold one and enjoy Rounding The Bases.
It is Christmas morning, New Year's Eve, and St. Patrick's Day all wrapped into one! St. Patrick's? What? Well, anyway it is Opening Day for the baseball season in 2011, and although most teams wait until Friday to get it going there still is a number of games today. Everyone has hope, everyone thinks they can win, and no one is quite eliminated just yet.....except for the Pirates of course. Every fantasy team is on equal footing today as well, and the best advice I can give you today is just to RELAX!!!! Please don't freak out about the results of today's game and start making knee jerk reaction after game one out of 162. Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint, and just because Albert Pujols went 0-5 and hit into three double plays isn't a reason to re-evaluate your first pick. Tomorrow is another day and believe me no one has won or lost their leagues today.
Although his season has been littered with a few nagging injuries, Brad Lidge is definitely having a fairly solid season. He converted his 19th game of the year with just five blown and the rest of his numbers are a huge improvement from 2009. LIdge had an ERA over 7.00 last season, and while it still isn't great he has it down to 3.57 in 2010. His strikeouts are on a better rate and he isn't walking nearly as many batters. I am not saying that he will be an elite closer next year, but Lidge should be a little more trustworthy in 2011.