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Fantasy Baseball 2011: Hitting The Links

Let's take a look at Tuesday's links of interest:

Joe Pawlikowski from Fangraphs discusses the increase in home runs we saw this past weekend, and concludes that there is very little chance batters will continue mashing at its current pace. If they do, they will set a major league record with around 5,700 this season.

Fangraph's Jack Moore explains why Rays outfielder/infielder Ben Zobrist could see a surge in his power in 2011. I didn't know he suffered a back injury last year. Fantasy owners will be happy to hear that Zobrist could return to his 2009 performance level.l

Rotohardball's Mike Diaz takes a look at a few prospects making an immediate impact in the first weekend of the 2011 season, including Kyle Drabek, Zach Britton and Craig Kimbrel.

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Rotohardball's Eno Sarris takes a look at season splits and concludes fantasy owners shouldn't listen when pundits bring up monthly splits. He scoffs at monthly, 1st and second half splits, but Adrian Beltre, Bronson Arroyo and Ryan Howard would beg to differ.

Rockies beat writer Thomas Harding from MLB.com writes about Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, saying he has some lofty goals, and they just may be within reach: a 40/40 season. Let's see him go 30-30 first. Many, including me, think he will not duplicate his 2010 performance.

Rotoarcade's Scott Pianowski lists 10 observations from the first weekend of the 2011 season, and is quite upset he doesn't have Matt Kemp on any of his fantasy teams. He also suggest selling Nationals infielder Ian Desmond and outfielder Mike Morse.

ESPN's Jayson Stark Blog discusses several things that happened this weekend that has not ever happened before, including Brandon Lyon giving up 6 hits in a save situation on Friday afternoon.

John Sickels writes about Seattle pitching prospect Michael Pineda in his Minor League Ball Prospect of the Day.

John Sickels makes Ten More 2011 Rookie Predictions including Dustin Ackley, J.P. Arencibia, Brandon Beachy, Zach Britton, Jeremy Jeffress, Craig Kimbrel, Corey Luebke, Brent Morel, Michael Pineda, and Jordan Walden.

Derek Carty from The Hardball Times provides some research he performed that says that players don't perform better in their age 27 seasons.