Summary Judgment: Fantasy Baseball Recap for June 7, 2013
Here is the Court’s brief recap of the day’s fantasy baseball happenings for Friday, June 7, 2013.
1. Blame it on the rain. It cannot be denied that weather has played a critical role in both real and fantasy baseball this season. In April we dealt with many games getting snowed out. May was ridiculously wet and chilly. Now we are dealing with the first named tropical storm of the year making its way up the east coast. Several games have been postponed this week due to the weather and this is wreaking havoc in both daily and weekly fantasy baseball leagues. You need to be on top of things in daily leagues so you can switch out players whose games are rained out. But in weekly leagues, you are unfortunately stuck with a lot of goose eggs for players who are unfortunate enough to be on teams playing in areas that have inclement weather. Sure these games will be made up later on, but you will likely lose some production due to double-headers that are scheduled.
2. In a Puig of his own. If you follow a lot of fantasy baseball experts on Twitter, you would think that Cooperstown already has a spot waiting for Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig. Yes, he has been a great story thus far hitting four homeruns in his first week in the big leagues. But let’s calm down here. He has never played above AA ball and has the current advantage of not having a “book” on him just yet. As he accumulates at bats and playing time, pitchers will make adjustments and then we will really see what this kid is made of. If you are offered an established star player in exchange for Puig in your fantasy baseball league, take the star player and run. Maybe Puig will be the next big thing, but right now there is just no way to be able to predict that with any sort of accuracy.
3. The PED trade market. The recent revelation that Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch is going to cooperate with MLB has thrown fantasy owners into a frenzy with the possibility of several players receiving 50 or 100 game suspensions. Either way you look at it, there is now inherent risk in owning players such as Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera (notice I didn’t even mention Alex Rodriguez?). That risk was known to everyone before the season so those people that drafted these players assumed that risk. Now, it seems awfully convenient that these same fantasy players want to unload the baggage at a discounted price. But before anyone goes and does something impulsive, let’s not forget that nothing has happened thus far. MLB needs to investigate this matter fully before they can draw any conclusions. Even if they do decide to hand out suspensions, you can bet that the MLB Players Association will fight them tooth and nail which will take a significant amount of time. Just hold your horses and see what happens.
4. Snake-bitten. Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson was scheduled to return from Tommy John surgery later this season. Unfortunately it was reported that Hudson re-tore his UCL in his right elbow and may need another Tommy John surgery. This is extremely disappointing for Hudson, the Diamondbacks and fantasy owners who had stashed him on their bench or DL. Hudson was en effective pitcher and would have been a nice boost for fantasy teams down the stretch. He can now be dropped in almost any fantasy baseball format besides dynasty or deep keeper leagues.