The end of the baseball season is getting closer. As temperatures begin to drop, the heat begins to rise on the teams that haven’t yet joined the 80-win club. After a few days away to take care of employment situations, I return to bring you two more teams that have joined our club. The Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians have been battling all season to reach a postseason berth. Now that they’ve reached 80 wins, they both feel they’re almost there. And, they’re telling the rest of the 80s club, (indirectly) “Shut your halfwit pie-holes! We’re trying to make the playoffs!”
OK, that SpongeBob reference may not have been the 80s, but we’re breaking down a team that didn’t even exist in the 80s but have some pretty awesome “Throwback” uniforms. The Rays help the sunrise on this edition of, “Backtrax MLB!” Continue reading →
When one of our pitchers go down due to injury or one of our pitchers just aren’t working out we all have to work the waiver wire. Below are the best pitchers that are owned under 30% via Yahoo. I split them into categories as certain pitchers can help more than others based on what type of league you are in (ex. points, categories, and rotisserie). Please note all stats are as of June 7th. Continue reading →
Lucchesi has seemingly struggled this season compared to last, as his strikeout rate and his ERA have regressed. However, his walk rate and HR/9 have both decreased as well, leading to a lower FIP. His xFIP and SIERA both point to him being better than his ERA currently shows, making him an interesting pitcher going forward. He gets an interesting matchup here, going against a Toronto offense that has a 65 wRC+ at home and a 72 wRC+ against lefties. Continue reading →
In my last offering, I suggested using the Rays’ bulk reliever as a streaming option on Wednesday. Jalen Beeks got the call to follow Ryne Stanek as an opener. The outing wasn’t quite was I was expecting or hoping to see from Beeks. He went three shutout innings, allowing four hits but no walks and four strikeouts. He even picked up the win! So why was I disappointed? Well, I thought he could go further into games, maybe pitch five or so innings each outing, and get close to starting pitcher stats while picking up sneak wins. However, looking at his game logs, I see that he’s only gone over four innings twice so far in his usage as a follower. So, while he didn’t get the big outing that I had hoped for, he was still useful, especially in leagues that have start limits. I think he’s still worth using in this role in later opportunities. Now, on to the weekend starters!
Pitchers are a fickle thing. The injuries they sustain can be sudden and yet season- or career-altering. It’s hard to depend on them in a long fantasy season, especially when even the most seemingly durable workhorses can go down in a snap. But, injury begets opportunity. As more stalwarts go down, lesser-owned pitchers get opportunities to shine. And thus, streaming becomes more and more viable a practice, although also the playing field becomes more muddied. So here are the options for the Tuesday-Thursday games. Continue reading →