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The fine fantasy action was as abundant on Friday as the night was long and arduous. The Giants and Cardinals were postponed due to tornado warnings in the St. Louis area, the Rays and Indians were delayed by rain for nearly five hours and the Blue Jays and Padres played til the wee hours of the night/morning to finish off a 17-inning extravaganza. We saw old-timers shine, young bucks play like seasoned veterans and we saw some early season strugglers finally emerge from their statistical cocoon. While it wasn’t the offensive fiesta we saw just a couple of nights ago, this one was still jam-packed with plenty of excitement that had fantasy owners on the edge of their seats.
Tony Cingrani and Jose Fernandez have grabbed the imagination of the fantasy baseball world. Two elite prospects who are now ready to make their mark, there has been a borderline hysteria to add each to fantasy squads across the land. Is spending a good deal of your free agent resources to add either arm a good move? We'll investigate the outlook of both rookies. We'll then move on to the ever changing role of the bullpen. Three teams in particular – the Cardinals, Cubs & Red Sox – are spinning their wheels once again trying to figure out who the best man is to hand the ball to in order to get the last three outs of the game.
I wanted to sit down tonight and finally write about some fantasy baseball for the first time in far too long. Since our show, The Fantasy Alarm Show has gone to five and sometimes six days a week it has gotten hard to encapsulate any additional thoughts into text. But alas I have a belly full of some weird Mike’s Hard Mango Punch crap that my wife stocked the refrigerator with (it’s just so yellow and yummy looking!) so here comes two weeks work of fantasy baseball angst.
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.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure is how the old adage goes, and it couldn’t be any more perfect a phrase when discussing the trade of Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox just a few short weeks ago. Bobby Valentine may have won the Battle of Beantown, but it is the White Sox who have won the war and it is Youkilis who is enjoying the last laugh here. As the Red Sox try to fight their way out of last place and a 9 ½ game deficit in the AL East, the White Sox are sitting atop the AL Central, 3 ½ games ahead of heavily favored Detroit, and Youkilis has played a tremendous role in the process.
Jim Thome may not have a lick of fantasy value left in him these days, but the guy can still make headlines, can’t he? And the best part about it is that, unlike so many other things going in the sports world these days, it’s for something positive. How sick and tired are you of hearing about this Jerry Sandusky crap? How about some more Roger Clemens steroids articles? So when Thome set the record for most walk-off home runs by a single player, I was genuinely excited for him. The stuff about Jonathan Papelbon blowing the save and then offering Thome $5K to win it for the Phillies was cute and all, but to me, that was much more secondary to watching a guy who, at the age of 41, can still bring the lumber.
Well now I don’t mean to slight you here on the recap after a day off, but spending the night at the Giants/Astros game sort of takes away from your ability to watch multiple games simultaneously. I kept up with everything thanks to some nerdiness and a smart phone, but you know it’s just not the same. But you didn’t come here for excuses. You came here for some fantasy baseball information and gosh darn it, that’s what you’re gonna get. So screw the excuses and let’s just get to it.
It is another glorious weekend in the world of fantasy baseball as we are all trying to make our push to the top of the standings or trying to stay there. Tonight there is news on the best player in baseball and how he is coming out of his early season doldrums, we talk about the guy who might have the best stats to start the season and what you should do with him going forward, and a lot on starting pitchers and whether they are worth holding on to, dropping, or trying to trade for. We finish with two struggling hitters and I will tell you why I still really believe in one, while I wouldn't even roster the other. All of this and so much more in tonight's edition of Rounding The Bases.
It was another interesting day in the world of fantasy baseball, and we cover it all like a glove. A once struggling slugger continues to absolutely roll, while an under the radar starting pitcher is doing everything he can to get on your radar. There is news on a closer change in the midwest, as well as a starter in Atlanta that is on a total roll. But perhaps the biggest news of the night is a catching legend in the Bronx who refused to play after being dropped in the lineup. If you want to win your fantasy baseball league you need Fantasy Alarm and all of the content we provide, feel free to check out it all.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there, and most importantly MINE! Patricia Hallam is the absolute best mother that anyone could ever hope for, and I am forever grateful for all that she has done for me. The woman would do absolutely anything for me, and I will never be able to properly thank her for everything. She did embarrass me tonight on The Fantasy Alarm Show on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio, but regardless I still love her more than she could ever know I'm glad to have an avenue that I can tell everyone aboute her. As far as baseball is concerned, we had The Captain show signs of life, and a bunch of starters show signs of life. Enjoy the article below and good luck in your upcoming fantasy matchups.