This is one of my favorite times of the fantasy year. We’re a little more than two months into the season and the standings are starting to shake out. The contenders are all trying to position themselves while the lower end of your standings is either fading into the background or, if you’re in a keeper league, waiting for their team to be plundered with the hopes of snagging some vital protects for next year. The trade talk is abundant, the negotiations are fierce and little by little your entire life is consumed with baseball. Sounds ideal, yes? Yes it does.
So while you’re tearing through your roster, trying to figure out what you need and what you have to give, let’s take a look at the highlights from Wednesday and see if there’s any news that could prove vital to your negotiations. If knowledge is power, then you want to make sure you’re the Hulk in your league. Or even better….Chuck Norris!
|Brandon Morrow, TOR||9.0||2||0||0||2||5||0||0.00||0.44|
Another tremendous effort by Brandon Morrow and well-deserving of the top honors here, yet again. This is actually his third complete-game shutout in his last seven starts, and although he took a pair of beating in there as well, he still has a 2.80 ERA with 46 strikeouts (16 walks) over 45 innings over that span. His ERA for the season now sits at a very favorable 2.90 with a 3.44 FIP. While the FIP indicates that he is getting a little help, the differential isn’t so great that you would have to be concerned. Sure, Morrow’s current 7.76 K/9 is below where it normally lies, but it has improved over the last month and he’s also cut down the walks. His 2.79 K/BB may be a little under where it was at the end of last season, but it is the second best of his career thus far. There might be a little regression moving forward, but he’s still going to post numbers that will be of huge help to your fantasy roster. If the question is “buy, sell or hold”, then I say hold…or buy if he’s not on your roster.
|Rajai Davis, OF TOR||3-4, 2 R. HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B ARI||3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B WAS||2-3, R, HR, 4 RBI|
|Bartolo Colon, SP OAK||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 5 K|
|Zack Greinke, SP MIL||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 12 K|
Time constraints are getting the better of me right now, so this is going to be brief. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll expand on a few things as guys like Paul Goldschmidt should be discussed on a somewhat deeper level. He’s currently on a 14-game hit streak with five home runs, eight RBI and 11 runs scored and has pulled his season average up to .288. He’s gone from “yeah, maybe I’ll use him as a corner infielder” to “gotta get this guy in my lineup” lately and the fanfare is so slight that many owners aren’t even noticing. It’s time to bring Goldy front and center!
Rajai Davis makes another appearance in this section, but I wish there was a little emore consistency to his game. He’ll go three or four games strong, posting great numbers for the short term, but continuously follows them up with three or four hitless games after that. If the Blue Jays ever get Travis Snider back, that could be a real nice platoon if they both had some consistency.
And the reason Zack Greinke and his 12 strikeouts didn’t get the top honors is because I’ll take a complete game over a handful of strikeouts every time. Points leagues usually have a bonus for complete games and the overall help for your WHIP and ERA is always big.
|Tony Campana, OF CHC||0-4, 4 K|
|Fernando Martinez, OF HOU||0-5, 3 K|
|Matt Adams, 1B STL||0-3, 3 K|
|Justin Maxwell, OF HOU||0-5, 3 K|
|Carlos Marmol, RP CHC||ND, 27.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, K|
Oh, Carlos Marmol. Will it ever happen for you this year? I’m really starting to doubt it.
J.J. Putz, RP ARI – illness (questionable)
Freddie Freeman, 1B ATL – finger (questionable)
Paul Konerko, 1B CHW – wrist (questionable)
Drew Stubbs, OF CIN – oblique (doubtful)
Jordan Schafer, OF HOU – illness (questionable)
Felipe Paulino, SP KC – groin (questionable)
Aramis Ramirez, 3B MIL – quad (questionable)
Joe Mauer, C MIN – thumb (doubtful)
Placido Polanco, 3B PHI – finger (doubtful)
Will Venable, OF SD – oblique (questionable)
Santiago Casilla, RP SF – knee (questionable)
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B TOR – hand (questionable)
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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