By Zach Steinhorn
Monday, June 25 - 8:32 PM
Maybe I simply held onto him for too long. Jose Altuve's hamstring injury better not be serious. As a $1 keeper, the diminutive Houston Astros' second baseman is my most attractive trade chip should I decide to make a splash before our league's July 31 trade deadline and acquire an elite but expensive bat.
I'm still in first place in my keeper money league, but my lead is dwindling by the day. I can't just sit back and let this continue. Then again, I've got Matt Kemp returning right after the All-Star break, so I'm probably overreacting.
Actually, it's my starting pitching that has really let me down of late. I don't like to trade for starting pitching. Too much injury risk. I've done it once already this season, dealing for Shaun Marcum, and look what happened there. I've gone over numerous trade scenarios in my head where I would deal Altuve or even a $1 Trevor Bauer, but nothing seems to make sense. Maybe Bauer, who will reportedly make his big league debut this Thursday, is exactly what I need. Why trade him? Let's see how the next few weeks play out. No need to go crazy.
Wednesday, June 27 - 3:15 PM
It's official. I'm out of first place for the first time since early April, thanks in large part to Ricky Romero, who got absolutely rocked by the Boston Red Sox this afternoon, giving up eight earned runs in only three innings of work.
What's going on with this guy? Coming off his superb 2011 campaign, I was certain that he would be just as good, if not better, in 2012. Turns out I paid 15 bucks for a maddeningly inconsistent pitcher who sports a 4.94 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and lackluster 70:52 K/BB ratio through 16 starts. I do expect him to turn things around, and over the past couple of weeks I've been urging panicked Romero owners to stay patient. But I have to admit that while Zach the advisor remains calm, Zach the Romero owner is extremely frustrated.
Wednesday, June 27 - 10:08 PM
It's official. Today has been the most depressing day of my 2012 fantasy baseball season. What began with Romero's disastrous outing continued with Andy Pettitte suffering a fractured ankle and Andre Ethier exiting his game early with an oblique injury that could land him on the DL. Not to mention CC Sabathia heading to the DL.
And the worst part is that these players all reside on one of the two teams I care the most about: Tout Wars and my keeper money league. Good thing there's still three months left in the season, because it's going to take me at least two weeks to mentally recover from the last few hours.
Friday, June 29 - 9:40 PM
Poor Franklin Gutierrez. First, he misses the opening two and a half months of the season due to a torn pectoral muscle and a heel injury. Then, just as he was settling back into the routine of playing every day, batting .267 with two homers and nine RBIs through 13 games, he gets hit in the face by an errant pickoff throw and suffers a mild concussion. What are the odds of that happening?
Desperate for some outfield help, I made Gutierrez my only FAAB pickup in Tout this week, shelling out seven bucks for the Mariners' outfielder. Today, the team placed Gutierrez on the DL, and I really have no idea when he'll be back. Listen, I've made some strong purchases in FAAB this year, most notably Santiago Casilla and Will Middlebrooks, but Johnny Damon was a bust and now the Gutierrez decision backfires. When it comes to outfielders, I'm 0-for-2.
Saturday, June 30 - 12:06 PM
5.81 ERA, 1.66 WHIP. Those are the pitching stats for my keeper money league squad over the past 14 days, and come to think of it, this is really all you need to know to figure out how I've lost 12 points in the overall standings during this span. Ricky Romero, Anibal Sanchez, Chad Billingsley. They have all been awful. Hey, even Matt Cain has struggled a bit since his perfecto, posting a 4.34 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in three starts.
After coasting for almost three months, I knew that I would eventually run into a period of Murphy's Law. I just didn't know it would be this dramatic. But I refuse to let this bum me out too much. Winning a fantasy league should not be easy. What's the fun in that?
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