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Today is June 1.  Eighty-six years ago today, Lou Gehrig pinch-hit for Pee Wee Wanninger, starting his string of 2130 games played.  Today is the 36th anniversary of Nolan Ryan's fourth no-hitter, which was also his 100th victory.  Happy birthday to Andy Griffith and the late Marilyn Monroe (both 1926).  Here are your fantasy baseball links for today:

Alex, Victor, and the infinitely complex | The Hardball Times
I usually hate it when a guy writes an entire article about his own team, but this is good stuff because it brings up all kinds of philosophical questions. I'm particularly interested in what people think about his second question:

"Should I hold on to a player primarily because other teams will pick him up if I drop him?"

I believe the answer is, as usual, "It depends." In a shallow league, this is a necessary evil. The bottom line is that while you shouldn't gift good players to your competitors and should always try to get value for a player, it is often more important to focus on improving your own team rathar than focusing on preventing others from doing the same. Your thoughts?

2011 Fantasy Baseball Saber School: A Brief Overview Of Line Drive Rates & Fantasy Baseball | The Fantasy Fix

When you see a batter with a high BABIP, do not automatically assume it is a result of good luck. First look at a player’s line drive rate and determine if that is what is actually driving the high BABIP. If so, a higher-than-normal BABIP may be sustainable. What raises a red flag is when a batter has a high BABIP but a low line drive rate. That is an indication that a batter’s BABIP is driven more by luck.

Why Reaching For Saves Doesn’t Make Sense |
A pertinent reminder.

Fantasy Baseball Tumbling Dice: Rebuilding the walls of Jericho |

In trading a player of Halladay's or A-Rod's stature, you should expect two-for-one at this time of the season, as in two prospects or undervalued players, although this does depend upon what you seek. For example, asking for Eric Hosmer and Zach Britton might seem like a little much for Halladay now since both are starters with bright futures. But it really isn't.

2011 Fantasy Baseball, THE RUBBER Week 9: Top 50 Pitcher Rankings | The Fantasy Fix

2011 Fantasy Baseball Closers | Razzball
A look at every teams closers and setup men for the 2011 fantasy baseball season.

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Mike Minor, more |
Major improvement for Mike Minor? Plus, Aaron Crow the new closer in KC, and a sluggish masher tries to rebound in ChiTown.

Josh Outman and Nolan Reimold: Deep League Waiver Wire | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Follow the jump for more of the latest fantasy baseball news and analysis from around the web.

Troy Tulowitzki: Getting Even Better? | Beyond the Box Score

And even though his numbers are down almost across the board this season, from .315/.381/.568 last season to .250/.326/.480 this season, a deeper look at his numbers has to make one wonder if the brilliant shortstop might actually be getting even better.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Shortstops, Fantasy Baseball, Indians | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Our ZiPS projection isn’t a believer, forecasting him to hit 9 more homers with 47 RBI over the rest of the season. Even if Cabrera does exactly that he’d finish with 19 home runs, 82 RBI and an average in the .290-.300 range. He also already has seven steals, putting him in the 15-20 range for the season. That type of production is outstanding in this weak crop of shortstops.

Sell High Or Hold: Can Alex Avila Continue To Produce? | Rotoprofessor

In other words, while the average may regress, there really is no reason to think that Avila cannot remain a productive option in all formats. The Tigers have given him an opportunity, despite the signing of Victor Martinez, and he clearly has run with it. There is no reason that fantasy owners shouldn’t be capitalizing on it as well.

Morneau's Early Struggles | Nick's Twins Blog

His natural talent has allowed him to stay afloat in spite of these issues (Morneau is actually hitting .289 over his last 20 games) but until his pitch recognition improves he won't return to being the dominant force he was prior to injury.

Brett Anderson f/x scouting | Don't Bring in the Lefty

Anderson's signature pitch is his slider. He throws it a ton (40% of the time to both righties and lefties), and looks to be pretty effective despite a below league-average whiff rate. He throws it over the plate a lot and gets called strikes with it; when batters hit it, they usually hit it into the ground.

Under the Fantasy Microscope: Bartolo Colon | Roto Hardball

We can pretty definitively state that Colon isn't simply a case of good results but also one of good process. The question is if that surgically-repaired right arm can keep this kind of performance up, and there are indicators that a drop-off is near.

Jordan Lyles Makes His Debut | Roto Hardball

He is not going to overpower anyone--hence the lack of expected strikeouts, and the 7.8 and 6.3 strikeout per nine rates in his last two years in the minors--but this ability to mix it up with the above pitch set and use the entirety of the strike zone does make him capable of getting outs consistently.

The Trouble With Soria | Joe Blogs
What, you need me to give you a reason to read a Joe Posnanski post?

What’s With Joakim Soria? | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Soria remained a top-shelf closer last season. He missed fewer bats than usual, but compensated with a career-high ground ball rate. But in 2011, his cutter is getting few chases, whiffs or grounders, and it’s getting hit hard when batters make contact.

Injury Report: June 1: Hanley Ramirez, Matt Holliday & More | Rotoprofessor

The Cheeks Weather Report (5/31/11) | Sons of Roto
Fantasy baseball daily weather report

Prospect of the Day: Jordan Lyles, RHP, Houston Astros | Minor League Ball

While Lyles isn't going to be a power-armed rotation anchor ace in the mold of Roger Clemens or Roy Halladay, he projects as a consistent strike-throwing efficiency expert in the mold of a Jon Lieber or Brad Radke. He's come a long way in three years and while some adjustment problems are possible, Lyles should have a long and successful career assuming continued good health.

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report Week 9: Colorado's Juan Nicasio Impressive in First Start | The Fantasy Fix
Nicasio, Crow, Chapman, Hosmer, Trumbo, Crawford, Harper

Potential June 1 Callups – Infielders Edition | Rotoprofessor
Lawrie, Rizzo, Goldschmidt, Ackley, Moustakas. By the way, I thought that the Super Two "deadline" was a moving target. Is it actually June 1 this year?

Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Jordan Lyles, D.J. LeMahieu |
Wandy Rodriguez's temporary replacement will eventually have a permanent spot. Plus, an underrated Cubs infielder.

Minor League Notes, May 31st, 2011 | Minor League Ball
Mike Olt, Jared Mitchell, Jose Altuve, Aaron Altherr

Moving the Middle Infielders Towards the Hole: Part One | Athletics Nation
Should the middle infielders be shaded towards the hole when Trevor Cahill takes the mound, due to his fielding prowess?

Ranking Baseball's Best Ballparks |
Ranking Major League Baseball's best ballparks by Yelp ratings. I have a beef with any list that puts Minute Maid Park in the Top 20.