5 Things: Springer Into Summer, Cleveland Wins And Tampa Bay LossesEvery week of MLB action has special moments, and some are historic. Teams win, and teams lose—and baseball fans all over the country watch with fascination and horror at what unfolds on the big diamond. Last week, for example, Cleveland couldn't lose, and Tampa Bay couldn't win. A player named Springer had a huge inning to get summer rolling, and the New York Yankees kind of remembered they're the New York Yankees.
Can You Find Potential All-Star Players In Fantasy Baseball On The Waiver Wire?As we approach July, it's time to start thinking about the MLB All-Star Game. Even in fantasy baseball, All-Star players have value beyond what their stats offer. A lot of owners will trade for All-Star players even if they're not great fantasy baseball players.
5 Things: The Giants Roll, The Rangers Roam Free, And The Blue Jays Just Bomb Home RunsOut in the National League West, the San Francisco Giants continue to dominate their easy schedule, while the Texas Rangers are doing the same in the American League West. Are these two division races over already?
Some Slow-Starting Players Are Now Worth A Look In Fantasy BaseballIt happens every year in fantasy baseball: Players get drafted every March that end up struggling during the first six weeks of the season, so owners drop them. Yet by late June, those players recover and really start to hit. They'll end up where they should by September with good stats.
5 Things: The Defending Champs Are In Trouble, While Strasburg is 10-0The American League East Division has more teams in the hunt than MLB fans realize, thanks to resurgent weeks by both the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. Is it the best division in baseball this year? Probably. However, there's a pitcher in the NL East no one is paying attention to, despite his 10-0 start to the season that including an amazing strikeout rate so far.
It's Time To Assess Strengths And Weaknesses In Fantasy BaseballSmart fantasy baseball owners will analyze the standings in their league to see where their team needs improvement—and perhaps where the team can spare some statistics in a trade. Picking up new players only makes sense if these moves help the team in the standings, after all.
5 Things: Harper Goes Gloveless, Betts Swings All Directions, and The Mariners Come Back StrongIf you ask most baseball fans, they'll tell you they like big home runs and lots of runs scored. Well, last week, that's exactly what the fans got from MLB. Washington's Bryce Harper hit a big home run without even wearing batting gloves, while Boston's Mookie Betts really swung for all the fences in Baltimore. As for runs scored, a game in San Diego against Seattle ended up with a football score as the Mariners overcame a 10-run deficit in the sixth inning to win, 16-13.
Are Resurgent Veterans Worth The Risk In Fantasy Baseball?This week, we're taking a special look at New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia. The big guy hasn't been fantasy relevant since 2012, but suddenly, Sabathia is looking good again. Currently, his ERA would be the lowest of his long career if he could keep it going through the end of the year. That begs the question: Can Sabathia keep it up through the end of the year? We think so, and we explain why in this week's fantasy baseball advice column. Read on!
Listen; Kenny Albert on The DriveThe only broadcaster to professionally call all four of the major sports in the US, Kenny Albert joins the show to discuss what it feels like to wear so many hats in the sports world. Plus, hear Kenny break down game two of the Stanley Cup Finals, all that and more, on the all new morning show, The Drive heard only on Sports 1140 KHTK! Daily 6-9 AM
When Top Prospects Get The Call, What Should Fantasy Baseball Owners Do?The big MLB prospect news last week was the Los Angeles Dodgers' decision to call up minor-league sensation Julio Urias. The 19-year-old starting pitcher has been the star of the organization's system for awhile, but does that mean he's worth a look in your fantasy baseball league?
5 Things: Two Chicago Cy Young Awards In The MakingFrom walk-off wins on the West Coast to dominant pitching in the Windy City to a managerial firing in Atlanta, Major League Baseball is never without exciting, impressive and interesting news. Last week was no exception, so check out the five things you don't want to miss in MLB, right here.
Why Pitching Is The Hardest Thing To Rely On In Fantasy BaseballMost fantasy baseball owners plan their draft around picking pitchers that threw well last year. But as we all learn, sometimes things don't go as planned. Pitchers can get hurt; their performance can drop off for a number of reasons, sometimes without rational explanation. The hardest part for the fantasy owner is accepting that the present season is different than past seasons, and it's sometimes better to just admit you drafted wrong instead of stubbornly sticking with bad pitchers all season—and losing the league.