Just when you thought you were going to be able to sit back and enjoy this final week before the All Star break, the news of potential Biogenesis suspensions has reappeared like some ill-timed, unsightly cold sore destined to spoil your fun. Rather than being able to relax through the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby and the rest of the midsummer classic festivities, your time will be taken up by a barrage of emails from those contending owners looking to haul in a king’s ransom for the likes of Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Everth Cabrera and anyone else looking at a potential 50-game ban. If you’re in a keeper league and already thinking about next year, this might be a great time to pick up a top player for next year, but should you even be on the cusp of title-contention, you may also want to kick the tires and see if you can afford the sticker price as these suspensions aren’t exactly set in stone.
To say that Tuesday’s slate of games was loaded with excitement would be an obvious understatement. From Homer Bailey’s second career no-hitter to Leonys Martin becoming the newest owner of baseball’s longest current hitting streak there was enough action to keep fantasy owners drooling over the jam-packed box scores. You know Bailey’s got a little Rounding the Bases award coming his way, so before we get to that, let’s hit a few of the other big-ticket news items first and then hit the statistical highs and lows of the evening.