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You know, for a day with a short slate of games, Thursday turned out to be quite eventful for baseball fans and fantasy owners alike. There was crazy extra-inning drama, unsung heroes, devastating injuries, and breaking news filled with both hope and despair. We’ve got our usual highlights for you here, but once again, with fewer games on the docket, we can break from out usual format and discuss more than just the top (and bottom) performers from the evening. So let’s not waste any more time and get right to it.
Holy offensive explosion! No, I’m not talking about the effect of eating too much Indian food on my delicate constitution; I’m talking about the big bats that were being swung recently. There were 37 home runs hit Wednesday and while that doesn’t even come close to the record (62 set in 2002), it’s still a whole lot of power and big offensive category boosts for a number of fantasy owners. If you had the right make-up of guys, you were probably in hog heaven as the hits just kept coming all night. That’s not to say that there weren’t some real nice pitching performances, but the hitters took stage, front and center, and shined ridiculously bright.
While the month of April gets ready to wrap, fantasy owners should realize that there is still plenty of work to do to get their teams ready for a long and arduous season. The offseason prep work, the draft, and the early-season waiver hunting may be your foundation, but now you have a five-month long process of taking that foundation and building it into a championship. You now have to keep an astute eye on the waiver wire, explore some possible trades that will help your team in the long run, track injuries, and most of all, pay close attention to the daily happenings around MLB. You’ve got full slates of games five days a week with shorties on Mondays and Thursdays. So much can happen over the course of just one day that missing even just one could be the difference between finishing in the money and standing on the outside looking in. Maybe it sounds silly and a bit over-dramatic to some, but just look at yesterday’s action and the potential fantasy impact…
Though the events from Monday remain unresolved and our thoughts linger with those affected in both the city of Boston and around the world, the show must go on. Major League Baseball is not pausing the season and your fantasy leagues aren’t shutting down. Obviously it’s okay to be distracted but you still have to pay attention to what’s going on. There are job battles still being fought over, players coming on and off the DL, hot starts to consider and cold starts to shake off. You need to make sure you’re still dialed in and up to date on all the latest happenings.
So it’s like that again, huh? Just the third day of the 2013 MLB season and we’re already staring at a perfect game? Well…..almost. Pretty damn close as Yu Darvish manhandled the Astros lineup and came just one out away from throwing baseball’s 24th perfect game and fourth in less than a full calendar year.
Adrian Beltre is being taken in the top-25 overall this season in fantasy baseball drafts. To me, that's crazy early. I'll explain why Beltre has more in common with Troy Tulowitzki than you think and why that should cause you some pause. In the outfield Lance Berkman is already dealing with a gimpy wheel while Corey Hart might return from his knee issue much sooner than anyone thought he would. Nolan Reimold is another outfielder looking to return from a significant injury. If he's healthy, he could have a significant role with the Orioles. Finally, Denard Span is going back to his old batting stance in the hope that it will enable him to recapture his previous success. On the hill Clay Buchholz says his hamstring is fine, Ted Lilly's shoulder is coming along and Brandon McCarthy says it's all systems go with his health.
I know you will be disappointed, but there is no Lil Kim in this week's article (but there is still last weeks Rounding the Bases if you need another look at Queen B). Instead, this piece will focus on a superstars groin (Tulowitzki), the NL ERA leaders elbow (Beachy), a guy on a 30-100-100 pace in Houston (Maxwell), another on pace to almost reach those numbers in Toronto (Rasmus), and the tale of the tape with two relievers going in opposite directions (Valverde and Wilhelmsen).
It's been two weeks, but everyone loves to panic. It's in our nature. Something goes wrong, and we immediately start looking for a quick fix (think of all the weight loss pills out there when the best course of action would just be to eat well and exercise). Fantasy baseball is no different and the start to the season has led to a whole lot of consternation over names like Tim Lincecum, Francisco Liriano, Johan Santana and Mark Melancon. I'll address all of those arms. I'll then wrap the piece up by focusing on something near and dear to me – numbers. What numbers have stood out to me in the early going? Read on to find out.
The weekly Top Ten list will now transition back to fantasy baseball as we approach the Super Bowl. Sure some of you still may be playing fantasy football playoff leagues or survivor pools, but most of you are now getting ready for baseball. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to spring training in a month and fantasy magazines are hitting the newsstands. After an incredible end to the 2011 MLB season and a very entertaining World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers, everyone gets a clean slate and a fresh start. Part of starting anew is evaluating what changes have been made during the offseason. So, without further adieu, here are the Top Ten baseball offseason transactions (as of January 18, 2012) with the most fantasy implications.
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!"