At this point of the season all the stars are rostered. Have been for months. Therefore, it's vitally important if your team is struggling, either because of injury of poor performances, that you find a way to work around the inability to bolster your team with stars. In this column we'll list for you the names of five hurlers that can help lead you to success. Two are certainly rostered unless you are in shallow leagues, it's possible four of them are, but if you're in one of those 10 team leagues or a shallow 12 teamers, there's a chance they might still be on waivers. We'll then highlight a group of five batters who have all been crushing it over the last 30 days for their respective clubs.
It’s like the calm before the storm. The trade storm, that is. We had some rumblings early in the week with the Francisco Rodriguez trade but everything else since has just been talk. Until now, maybe, as word has it that Alfonso Soriano boarded a red-eye to New York Thursday night in anticipation of being dealt. On top of that, talks have heated up between the Braves and Astros as Bud Norris is expected to find a new home soon. The Braves just lost both Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm and while they’ve got Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood but are going to be in need of a more veteran presence on the mound as they make plans for the playoffs. And then finally, the Royals have jumped into trade discussions with a few teams as Ervin Santana is currently on the block. Apparently, the Royals are looking for a bigger return than the Cubs got for Matt Garza, so we’ll have to wait and see who bites on that. They’re looking for an upgrade at either second base or right field.
Welcome back to baseball, people! Oh man, did that break seem like forever or what? All that All-Star Game nonsense and all that silliness of the Home Run Derby come and gone and we’re almost none worse for the wear. How many of you Robinson Cano owners were freaking out when Matt Harvey plunked him on the knee in that first inning? And while his batting average is down in the dumps, Yoenis Cespedes probably didn’t do us any good by jacking all those home runs and doing who knows what to his wrist. The A’s seem to be downplaying his late scratch status on Friday due to wrist soreness, but yet again, the curse of the Derby rears its ugly head.
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.