August 31, 2013 |
While most fans are focused on teams still in the playoff chase, fantasy owners understand the benefit of trolling the rosters of the also-rans. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at some newer talent currently on display in the MLB's outposts. Scooter Gennett 2B | Milwaukee Amid the Ryan Braun turmoil and disappointing 59-75 record before Saturday, Milwaukee is having a season to forget. But all is not blue with the Brew Crew, as the emergence of Gennett and shortstop Jean Segura could give them a strong middle infield for years to come.
June 23, 2013
With so many established pitchers floundering this season, staff writer Tim Hubbard shows there are plenty of non-household names that can help bolster any fantasy owner's rotation. Mike Leake SP | Cincinnati It wasn't until the Reds scrapped plans to move Aroldis Chapman into the rotation in late March that Leake slipped out of camp as the team's fifth starter. It has proven to be a great decision. Leake has been Cincinnati's best starter the last two months, going 6-2 with a 1.86 ERA since May 1. Jeff Locke SP | Pittsburgh Locke was solid, if unspectacular, in seven minor league seasons and after a call up to the Pirates last year, but the left-hander has broken out in 2013, going 6-1 with a 2.03 ERA. He's allowed only four earned runs in his last seven starts.
September 7, 2013 |
In the early years of fantasy baseball, Rickey Henderson was a god. His combination of speed and power, unrivaled at the time, gave his owners a huge advantage. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few lesser-known players who provide the best of both worlds. Carlos Gomez OF | Milwaukee There's much to be said about the other "CarGo. " Gomez has gone from being a solid defender who could swipe a bag to a fantasy stud in the mold of the original "CarGo," Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez.
July 27, 2013 |
Whether by injury or ineffectiveness, nearly all fantasy owners have gaps in their lineups that need to be plugged. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few players who can be cheap solutions. Jenrry Mejia New York Mets | SP Talk about taking a flier, Mejia is quite a risk. He was brought up just few days ago to pitch the first game of Friday's doubleheader, with no guarantee of a second start. On top of that, he's already planning to have off-season surgery to have bone spurs removed from his elbow.
July 13, 2013 |
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three players whose surprising performances in the first half have earned them roster spots in Tuesday's All-Star game in New York. Patrick Corbin SP | Arizona When the Angels traded for Dan Haren in July 2010, many Angels fans were unhappy to see the team part with Joe Saunders, who had won 33 games over the previous two seasons. But it has turned out to be Corbin, the other pitcher the team threw into the deal, that has the Angels brass shaking their heads everytime Joe Blanton or Jerome Williams get roughed up. Corbin, whom the Angels drafted in the second round in 2009, has hit center stage in 2013 and has an 11-1 record with a 2.35 earned-run average and 1.00 WHIP in helping the Diamondbacks hold on to first place in the National League West.
October 21, 1987 |
Before he put on his robe or read a legal brief--even before he left for the courthouse--the presiding justice of the California appellate court division in Santa Ana grabbed the sports page every morning to see how his team was doing. There was a time when John K. Trotter Jr., of Division 3 of the 4th District Court of Appeal, would have been looking for the Dodgers' or Angels' box scores.