So it looks like the dust has settled since word broke that Ryan Braun was suspended for the duration of the season and all that craziness we saw take place on Monday. Fantasy owners are likely still scrambling to deal away anyone connected to the Biogenesis scandal, but the number of traumatic events in the MLB universe has dwindled. Notice I didn’t say ‘disappeared,’ as there are a few things that deserve to be addressed, discussed, cried about, whatever you choose. So let’s hit a few of the news items worth mentioning and then we’ll hit the statistical highlights from Wednesday.
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 the All-Star break gives you a temporary reprieve from the daily fantasy baseball grind, it should also serve as a reminder to you that changes are coming for the second half. Not only do you need to prep your team for the stretch run, but you also need to make preparations to deal with the upcoming MLB trade deadlines. Yes, that’s right, deadlines…plural. You’ve got the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline where anything goes and then there’s the August 31st deadline where players just have to pass through waivers first before they’re dealt; usually your more high-priced/stupid, big contract guys. It’s a steady month of unrest for fantasy owners.