Greg Jewett

Fantasy Forward: It’s deja vu all over again

Fantasy Forward: It’s deja vu all over again

Taking a pitcher early in drafts proves to be an inherent risk, and those who took Clayton Kershaw in the top-five will wake up to their worst nightmare. Recurring back problems could be the only thing to take down this generation’s best pitcher. Clayton Kershaw’s velocity dropped over two MPH from the first inning to […]

Fantasy Forward: Lester hangs on for the win

Fantasy Forward: Lester hangs on for the win

There’s no definitive time which can determine a pennant race. Jon Lester seemed to be on his way to a loss after giving up back-to-back home runs to Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk in the top of the eight inning, but the Cardinals bullpen could not hold the lead and allowed the Cubs to score […]

Fantasy Forward: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Fantasy Forward: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

On a wild Friday of baseball, Chris Sale once again stood out as an ace, firing six shutout inning against the Angels on the road while striking out nine and becoming the fourth pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts in 20 or fewer starts. He joins Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson (three times) and Nolan Ryan as […]

Fantasy Forward: Something brewing in the National League Central

Fantasy Forward: Something brewing in the National League Central

Milwaukee has been a terrific story this year, leading the division most of the way. However, things in the rear view mirror may be closer than they appear with the Cubs and the Pirates on five-game win streaks. Chicago has pulled to within one game and host the Cardinals this weekend. Milwaukee will take their […]

Fantasy Forward: Marketing’s not this difficult

Fantasy Forward: Marketing’s not this difficult

What’s worse than major league baseball not over-hyping Bryce Harper and Mike Trout facing off during a two-game set? Dusty Baker sitting Harper out when he can use him as a designated hitter. Sometimes the advertising or making too much of a match-up between two players proves to be nauseating, but not getting the most […]

Fantasy Forward: Fallout from the first day of multiple trades

Fantasy Forward: Fallout from the first day of multiple trades

When the Cubs acquired Jose Quintana, things set in motion on the trade market. Last night featured two different deals with varying impacts. Arizona addressed their left-field situation trading for J.D. Martinez. As a cumulative group, the left-fielders for the Diamondbacks hit a combined .236/.303/.403 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 93 games. […]

Fantasy Forward: Verify your Sources

Fantasy Forward: Verify your Sources

Trying to cover fantasy baseball can be difficult with the trade deadline looming. For example, jumping the gun earlier this year, the RotoGrinders app notified Sonny Gray was scratched last month fueling speculation surrounding rumors of his going to Houston. Turned out to be a fake report which I did not follow-up on before retweeting. […]

Fantasy Forward: The Nationals address their bullpen

Fantasy Forward: The Nationals address their bullpen

Rumors will surface and be sure to check the tweets when trying to be the first to re-tweet (I’m guilty of one this year) but the smoke around the Nationals asking about Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle took little time to come to fruition. They will bolster a struggling bullpen but Washington still does not […]

Fantasy Forward: Boston marathon and aces abound

Fantasy Forward: Boston marathon and aces abound

With a doubleheader looming on Sunday, the Yankees and Red Sox engaged in a 16 inning game which lasted over five hours including 512 pitches by the two teams. Chris Sale continued his dominance over New York striking out 13 over 7.2 shutout innings with 20 swinging strikes. He yielded three hits and two walks […]

Fantasy Forward: Second half ensues

Fantasy Forward: Second half ensues

It’s tough to track streaks through the end of the first half and the start of the second one, but Houston keeps rolling on with a double in a franchise record 47th straight game. Try to avoid using a pitcher against them moving forward since they lead in almost all categories on offense averaging almost […]

Fantasy Forward: Will veteran pitchers bounce back in the second half?

Fantasy Forward: Will veteran pitchers bounce back in the second half?

Both Justin Verlander and Julio Teheran made for popular picks in preseason drafts due to pedigree and performance through the years. However, both seem to be struggling as the first half ends, forcing fantasy owners to try and discern how to handle them. Add in the reports the Braves could be shopping Teheran and things […]

Fantasy Forward: Shiny new toys overshadow productive veterans

Fantasy Forward: Shiny new toys overshadow productive veterans

It’s easy to do, fall in love with the next big thing. Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger make for great stories in the first half with their displays of power, but does this make veterans fly below the radar? Did you know Joey Votto is on pace this year to finish 10 home runs higher […]

Fantasy Forward: Dueling southpaws overshadowed by their bullpens

Fantasy Forward: Dueling southpaws overshadowed by their bullpens

While many ponder when and if the Cubs will be good again, two of the top teams so far in the National League locked horns in Los Angeles. Arizona tried to salvage a game in the series sending Robbie Ray to the mound last night. Ray responded with six strong innings, giving up five hits, […]

Fantasy Forward: George Springer fuels the red hot Astros

Fantasy Forward: George Springer fuels the red hot Astros

After scoring 10 more runs last night, Houston is averaging 10.25 per game in July. All the small sample size alert people can take a breath as it’s July sixth. However, the Astros became the first team to move 31 games over .500 prior to the All-Star break since the Mariners 2001.   Houston also […]

Fantasy Forward: Independence Day recaps

Fantasy Forward: Independence Day recaps

Two prominent fantasy players returned on our nation’s birthday with Freddie Freeman and A.J. Pollock both coming off of the disabled list. After some felt the Braves were using Freeman playing third base as a smoke screen, he did in fact make his first start at the hot corner. Those who own him will now […]

Fantasy Forward: Nationals disaster salvaged again

Fantasy Forward: Nationals disaster salvaged again

Despite their record and lead in the National League East, one must ponder how much better Washington could be with a strong bullpen. Trotting out Sammy Solis, Enny Romero and Matt Albers seems to be wearing on the team. There must be a move to bolster this unit soon. Once it occurs, ripple effects will […]

Fantasy Forward: Another one bites the dust….

Fantasy Forward: Another one bites the dust….

It feels like everyday, this column ruins someone’s morning due to a player’s injury. Trea Turner will be the latest to join the disabled list, his second stint this season, with a fractured wrist after being hit by a pitch on Thursday. He did steal two more bases to push his league leading total to […]

Fantasy Forward: Et tu Kris Bryant?

Fantasy Forward: Et tu Kris Bryant?

Winning a World Series takes some luck, the right breaks, and health. Trying to repeats proves difficult, especially if health along with performance do not occur. With the Cubs struggling to gain traction in the National League Central race, Kris Bryant turned his ankle making a routine catch near the base. There’s no initial word […]

Fantasy Forward: Nationals run amok

Fantasy Forward: Nationals run amok

Reading the post game quotes by Miguel Montero make the former coach in me cringe, but there’s something to be said about pitcher’s helping hold runners on. Obviously the Nationals saw something to trigger them to steal seven bases against the Cubs on Tuesday night. Remember when many panicked about Trea Turner, implying he’s a […]

Fantasy Forward: And the Angels closer is…..

Fantasy Forward: And the Angels closer is…..

Trying to predict how Mike Scioscia will use his bullpen can prove tricky. However, he loves veterans. With Cam Bedrosian off of the disabled list along with Huston Street and Keynan Middleton emerging, if a save chance happened on Monday night, it was going to be David Hernandez. A home run allowed by Sergio Romo […]