Fantasy Baseball 2013: What To Watch For During Sunday’s Action

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Baseball fans and obsessive fantasy owners alike (me) will be very pleased with Sunday’s slate of games. The baseball universe is set to see 15 games today and with so many contests, there are a handful of intriguing fantasy storylines on the horizon. Let’s not waste any time.

What will Yu do?

After an absolutely dominating performance during his first start of the 2013 campaign, in which he was one measly base hit away from a perfect game, Darvish will head back on the mound to face a loaded Los Angeles Angels lineup. I for one, am interested to see how Darvish fares physically and mentally, especially after being one out away from history. Darvish was my pick to lead the majors in strikeouts this year and after sitting down 14 last week, my choice is looking strong. Of course, many people will discredit his terrific game because it was against the lousy Astros, so I hope he silences the haters and puts on another dazzling performance on Sunday. Yeah, so what if he is on my fantasy team?

Injuries, injuries, injuries 

I woke up this morning pretty upset. I found that my starting first baseman, Freddie Freeman, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Freeman believes he can play through the injury, but the team has decided to play it safe and let it heal fully. The 23-year old is off to a hot start, batting .412 with seven RBI. Chris Johnson will likely handle the first base position until Freeman returns to action.

However, he isn’t the only one on my team dealing with injury.

Jose Bautista is still dealing with an ailing ankle injury and will be out of the lineup again on Sunday, now missing the entire three-game series against the Red Sox. The injury isn’t severe by any means, but the ball club certainly doesn’t want to risk re-injury with Bautista, a guy who has had an injury history in the past. I’d honestly be shocked if he wasn’t back in the lineup on Tuesday after having Monday off.

Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes tweaked his elbow during a swing in Saturday’s contest, but remained in the game. However, the A’s are being safe with their talented center fielder and are sitting him out for Sunday’s game. Injury doesn’t sound very serious at all, just make sure he is out of your lineup for today.

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Jose Fernandez to make major league debut

Once a top 15 pick in the 2011 draft, Fernandez is set to make his major league debut against the Mets on Sunday. The Marlins must be excited about this kid, as they promoted him to the big leagues. During his time in the minors in 2012, Fernandez posted a 1.75 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and allowed a batting average of .191 in 25 starts. Simply put, he was dealing. However, how will he fare during the transition to the big time stage? Fantasy owners have been rushing to the waiver wire to grab him (myself included) because there is just something so enticing about top prospects getting opportunity. The lack of run support the Marlins will provide him will certainly hurt, but he has the stuff to surprise some people here in 2013. I’ll be watching him closely today.

Notable pitching matchups for Sunday

- Darvish (1-0) v Weaver (0-0)

- Verlander (1-0) v Sabathia (0-1)

- Cain (0-0) v Wainwright (0-1)

- Strasburg (1-0) v Cueto (0-0)

Well, that’s all from me today, folks. Enjoy some exciting baseball on this gorgeous day. Oh, and don’t forget to scrutinize your fantasy baseball matchups.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.


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