In honor of wrapping up the short week, we’re going to make this one a quickie today and go straight to the highlights. Or you can just blame the snail’s pace of the Yankees-Red Sox game for taking away any momentum I had going from earlier in the day. Besides, I think I pretty much said it all yesterday when discussing the preparation you need to do in order to get your fantasy team ready for a big second half. Got your ear to the ground for the latest rumors? Only nine days left until the trade deadline and I feel there’s going to be a flurry of action so make sure you stay in tune and don’t get blindsided by anything. Got it? Good. Then let’s just hit the highlights.
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.
It was a big day in the Bronx for the New York Yankees and their fans on Thursday as Derek Jeter, the Captain…their Captain…made his 2013 season debut after missing nearly the entire first half with a broken ankle. The wait would have been a bit shorter had doctors not found a small crack in the bone near the original break during his recovery, but his return was forced back to the All Star break because of it. For the most part, fantasy owners waited patiently, stashing Jeter on their DL despite the fact that he’s 39-years old and on the downside of an historic career. He had a bit of resurgence last season, but expectations couldn’t have been that high given his age and the severity of the injury.
Homer Bailey made history Tuesday night as he tossed his second career no-hitter. We'll break down his efforts to this point of the 2013 season and try to read the tea leaves if you will to determine just what you should expect from the big righty in the second half of the season. Carlos Gonzalez has been a special performer yet again for the Rockies. However, he's seemingly changed his approach at the dish which might be a cause for some pause when looking at expectations for the second half. Oh, and then there is Yasiel Puig. How nuts has his effort been to this point and how quickly should you be selling him in re-draft leagues? We'll investigate.