It has come to that point of the season where it is time to dump or get off of the pot. It’s time to decide what it is that will get you into championship competition and go all out for it. But what if you are gun-shy about pulling the trigger on that big trade that you know you need to make? Todd Zola is here to tell his story on trading in fantasy baseball and to provide you with strategies to keep in mind when making those moves.
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?
A relatively innocuous start to the second half and then suddenly….BOOM goes the dynamite! Four days into the second half and all hell breaks loose. Ryan Braun is suspended for the rest of the year, Matt Garza gets dealt to the Rangers, Alfonso Soriano is headed back to the Yankees, the Pirates need a new closer, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, and Josh Hamilton are all hurt, more prospects are on their way up and…oh no….Brian Wilson is coming back? It’s like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the 10 plagues of ancient Egypt and all the earthly disasters caused by global warming all rolled into one. If you haven’t been chatting, texting or Skyping with your league-mates all night on Monday, then prepare for the fallout in the morning. With so much to talk about, Tuesday’s going to be a very busy day.
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.
You’ve got to love the excitement a day of baseball can bring. And with that joy comes the obvious elation that fantasy owners have when they get to sit and re-watch it all on the highlight reels and stare at the screen as their players pound the ball with their bats or make others look silly at the plate, unable to hit their offerings from the mound. Saturday was no exception as the games were loaded with outstanding moments. Here’s a glance in case you missed and then we’ll hit the statistical highs and lows.