So we’ve been talking about the calm before the storm with regard to the upcoming trade deadline, but the storm is actually much bigger than just trades as we’ve been hit with more talk of Biogenesis suspensions and even more injuries. This has all the earmarks of being a very tumultuous week, so you’ll need to pay attention now more than ever. There’s a lot of unrest you’re going to have to deal with so let’s look at a few news items and then hit the stats from Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
While those who don’t follow the game as closely as we do think the baseball season can be too long and arduous, I’m sure many of you can agree with me when I say how crazy it seems that the first half of the season has already passed us by. This is the final week before the All Star break and before you know it, September will be here and your fight for a championship turns into a one-month sprint after a five-month long grueling marathon. The break is probably a welcomed sight for a lot of you, especially those of you whose players are currently dealing with an array of minor injuries – not DL-type stuff, but enough to keep you out of the lineup for a few games. Even though it’s just a few days off, that can be a huge break for those limping out of this half.