So here we are now in the wake of the Biogenesis suspensions and, truth be told, it doesn’t look like anyone missed a beat. Sure, owners of Nelson Cruz, Everth Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta and Alex Rodriguez are bummed, but there was no one else who had significant enough fantasy value to make any sort of impact. It might be tough to find reasonable replacement value on the wire for Peralta and Cruz, given their numbers, but both Cabrera and A-Rod have been banged up enough for you to have someone in the hopper waiting to take over anyway. But those who own Bartolo Colon and Gio Gonzalez certainly dodged a bullet as neither received a suspension and can continue business as usual. So while the news of Ryan Braun was pretty shocking, the rest of the Biogenesis annoyance has come and gone and most of us are no worse for the wear.
Talk about not living up to the hype. Here we are making all sorts of preparations for impending trades at the deadline and we got the squeak of a mouse instead of the roar of a lion. BOOOOOOORIIIIIIING! What a disappointment. With all the names bandied about in discussions and all the possibilities we could have seen from contenders looking to add a few missing pieces to the puzzle, we got bupkus. Diddley-squat. Sure, there were a couple of things which I’ll discuss right now, but all in all, I’d say this was a very disappointing season for deals. The only hope we can have now is that a ton of big named, high-priced guys clear waivers over the next month and we get just a little bit more action. In the meantime, here’s the fantasy recap of those ho-hum deals we did witness.
We’re not going to waste much time here with a lengthy intro but we will acknowledge some of the streaks we discussed the other day. First off, Rockies Michael Cuddyer, who owned the longest streak in the majors, extended his to 27 games but he needed Madison Bumgarner removed from the game first. After posting an 0-for-3, Cuddyer stepped to the plate in the eighth with Sandy Rosario on the mound and promptly singled to center and finished with an innocuous 1-for-4 as the Rockies fell 5-2 to the Giants. As for the other three streaks of note, Pedro Alvarez lost his at 12 after an 0-for-6 in a 14-inning Pirates win, Hanley Ramirez extended his to 12 games with a fourth-inning RBI-single and Jason Kipnis got the day off Sunday so his stays at 12 and counting.