Another day closer to the MLB trade deadline and all is still quiet on the home front. We’re hearing about a few things here and there – the Rangers possibly shopping Joe Nathan and the Orioles starting to get more aggressive in the trade market, looking at Michael Young, Mike Morse, Justin Morneau and Jake Peavy – but again, there’s nothing but speculation and conjecture at this point. While it’s tough for fantasy owners to just sit tight and wait patiently, it’s the course of action that may work best at this time. You don’t want to be over-eager and make a move in anticipation of a deal and not have it come to fruition, so you simply have to stay on-guard and watch. But be prepared. Plan a few potential moves out and once the trades start becoming official, then react. Good luck to you.
When a guy is young and successful the assumption is that he will improve or at least stay at those levels of early excellence. Unfortunately it's not as simple as that. In the case of the elite talents the Dodgers, Pirates, Brewers and Athletics run out there, there has been some significant slow down in production for a few. Not that it shouldn't have been expected. We'll explain why. On the bump there are two hurlers, one for the Red Sox and one for the Blue Jays that just can't seem to get it done for their clubs. We'll also explain why that is. So many questions yet so many answers. How nice, right?
Oh man. The All-Star break couldn’t be coming at a better time for many fantasy owners as some of the top players in the game are getting waxed by the injury bug and we’ve only just begun the supposed dog days of summer. Throughout this week we’ve seen the likes of Jason Heyward and Matt Holliday go down with hamstring injuries, Yu Darvish hit the DL with an issue in his trapezius muscle, Matt Harvey lose a start this weekend with a finger blister, and both Aramis Ramirez and Matt Kemp make a return to the disabled list thanks to a knee and a shoulder, respectively. Brutal, right? Well, it doesn’t end there.
While the Fourth of July was celebrated on Thursday, Friday saw a whole lot more in the world of fireworks on the field. Nine teams plated six or more runs with three of those teams hitting double-digits. Meanwhile, teams that didn’t post a high run total were victims of some dazzling pitching performances and fantasy owners who make their living off streaming starters seemed to come out unscathed for the most part. But the best part of the fireworks that we saw on Friday was the fact that it was all about the role players and not so much about the marquee superstars. It was a night for some very unlikely heroes, so let’s get to it.