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.
It was a big day in the Bronx for the New York Yankees and their fans on Thursday as Derek Jeter, the Captain…their Captain…made his 2013 season debut after missing nearly the entire first half with a broken ankle. The wait would have been a bit shorter had doctors not found a small crack in the bone near the original break during his recovery, but his return was forced back to the All Star break because of it. For the most part, fantasy owners waited patiently, stashing Jeter on their DL despite the fact that he’s 39-years old and on the downside of an historic career. He had a bit of resurgence last season, but expectations couldn’t have been that high given his age and the severity of the injury.
Everyone loves rookies. Everyone but me it seems. Today, I'll review five of the biggest rookies in the game in 2013 and survey how they have performed to this point and what they should they be expected to do as the season moves on to the second half. We've got a power fastball throwing lefty from the Reds. There's a middle infielder for the Mariners that has been dynamite since being called up. What about the Minor League Player of the Year from last season – how is he performing in Tampa? The Rangers seem to have bungled how they've handled their phenom, and every pitcher in baseball seems to have missed the memo on how to attack the Dodgers' messiah.