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Fantasy Forward: Pocket steals by the Judge and Bellinger

Fantasy Forward: Pocket steals by the Judge and Bellinger

As the Dodgers wrapped up a sweep of the Mets, they set a franchise record hitting 15 home runs. Cody Bellinger chipped in with three during the series to take over the National League lead in home runs with 22 on the season. Aaron Judge leads the majors and the American League, hitting his 25th […]

Fantasy Forward: When a pitching duel goes bad

Fantasy Forward: When a pitching duel goes bad

Justin Verlander facing James Paxton seemed like a nice spot for each pitcher to do well on Wednesday night. Paxton started strong striking out the side in the second inning, and Verlander carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before Jarrod Dyson’s drag bunt single. While the Mets and Dodgers disagree about Yasiel Puig’s […]

Fantasy Forward: Corey Seager’s three blasts lead the way

Fantasy Forward: Corey Seager’s three blasts lead the way

Finding a lead each day can be difficult, but the Dodgers seem to be making it easy. Corey Seager launched three home runs (for the second time in his career), going 4-for-5 with three runs, a double and drove in six during another rout of the Mets. Their depth will serve them well, and this […]

Fantasy Forward: Cody Bellinger will not stop

Fantasy Forward: Cody Bellinger will not stop

At a time when the Dodgers need a spark, Cody Bellinger is the latest in a long line of heralded rookies to produce once promoted. Bellinger hit two home runs in a game for the fifth time this year to tie a Dodgers team record set by Mike Piazza. In the process, Bellinger tied Gary […]

Fantasy Forward: Nolan Arenado walks off for the cycle

Fantasy Forward: Nolan Arenado walks off for the cycle

Despite the rarity of hitting for the cycle, factoring in hitting a walk-off home run to complete one seems poetic. However, when Nolan Arenado replicated this feat on Sunday, it’s the 31st time a player’s done so according to MLB history. Arenado’s home run raised his season total to 15 and pushed his RBI count […]

Fantasy Forward: Father’s Day edition

Fantasy Forward: Father’s Day edition

Taking a moment to say thanks to my Dad, who supported me and inspired me to write. He still works hard as a purchaser for his company, despite staff cutbacks making him work longer days. My father did commercial spots and tried new things, setting a strong example to take chances. So thanks for everything. […]

Fantasy Forward: Cain’s power surge

Fantasy Forward: Cain’s power surge

After a slow start in the power department, Lorenzo Cain’s surged of late with two more home runs last night, raising his total to six over his last six games. He has hit nine of his 10 home runs since May 23rd over his last 87 at-bats. Cain is 13 for his last 30 (.433) […]

Fantasy Forward: Bellinger’s power surge continues, Hill struggles again

Fantasy Forward: Bellinger’s power surge continues, Hill struggles again

When Gary Sanchez made his assault on pitching launching 19 home runs during his first 50 games, it seemed much more mainstream. Cody Bellinger hit his 18th home, in his 47th career game and can tie Sanchez with one home run over his next three games, or break the record with two. Which could happen […]

Fantasy Forward: Astros depth paying off

Fantasy Forward: Astros depth paying off

Injuries continue to wreak havoc for fantasy owners this year, but depth can defray the damage. As a franchise, the Astros moved up players to bridge the injury gap which can be used as a blueprint for fantasy owners. Houston placed Lance McCullers Jr. on the disabled list to manage his innings. They used one […]

Fantasy Forward: Bellinger crushes and Kershaw survives

Fantasy Forward: Bellinger crushes and Kershaw survives

Fantasy baseball is a fickle game played by demanding owners. Clayton Kershaw won his ninth game of the season, on the road against a team who appeared in the World Series and forced him to grind out a victory. For some, this may not be enough since it was not vintage Kershaw. He did pitch […]

Fantasy Forward: Dusty cannot find relief

Fantasy Forward: Dusty cannot find relief

After watching Stephen Strasburg labor through five innings allowing six earned runs on three home runs, Dusty Baker and the Nationals still had a chance to win their game thanks to the offense. Justin Turner provided a bridge to the eighth, but ran into trouble to start the inning forcing Enny Romero into the game. […]

Fantasy Forward: Scherzer’s 2,000 strikeout and Judge’s Triple Crown

Fantasy Forward: Scherzer’s 2,000 strikeout and Judge’s Triple Crown

When Max Scherzer struck out Nomar Mazara in the fourth inning, he made history becoming the third fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts with only Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson reaching it faster. Scherzer took the loss on Sunday to Texas, but the milestone should take some of the sting away from it. Speaking of […]

Fantasy Forward: Two doubleheaders and prospects promoted

Fantasy Forward: Two doubleheaders and prospects promoted

Harkening back to the olden days when Ernie Banks would be quoted to saying, let’s play two, Saturday provided two doubleheaders with the Mets sweeping the Braves and the A’s gaining a split with Tampa Bay in Florida. Steven Matz made his 2017 debut for New York, but after Atlanta moved up top prospect Sean […]

Fantasy Forward: Ervin’s third shutout and a save by Maeda?

Fantasy Forward: Ervin’s third shutout and a save by Maeda?

Trying to predict baseball is never easy. Friday night continued this premise. While Ervin Santana has pitched very well in the first half, his last start yielded seven runs in Los Angeles against the Angels. But, he turned the tide with a complete game shutout, his third of the season, with five strikeouts to lower […]

Fantasy Forward: Kershaw outduels Strasburg

Fantasy Forward: Kershaw outduels Strasburg

A marquee match-up during the day games with Clayton Kershaw opposing Stephen Strasburg at Chavez Ravine. Neither pitcher disappointed with each generating 14 swinging strikes. Strasburg took the loss working six innings giving up three hits, two runs (one earned), and a walk with eight strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.80 on the season. […]

Fantasy Forward: Scooter’s historic night

Fantasy Forward: Scooter’s historic night

On the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, Scooter Gennett will no longer forget the date either. Gennett became the first player in major league history with five hits, four home runs and 10 RBI in the same game. He’s the 17th player to hit four home runs and the 10 RBI means it’s the first time […]

Fantasy Forward: Jumping the Shark

Fantasy Forward: Jumping the Shark

One of the most difficult things to do when playing fantasy baseball is staying patient. A rough outing or cold stretch and owners make an impulsive decision to drop a player for the latest hot player rather than trusting the research spent in the preseason honing in on draft targets. Jeff Samardzija can be a […]

Fantasy Forward: Astros still surging as fantasy heads to Week 10

Fantasy Forward: Astros still surging as fantasy heads to Week 10

Not only has Houston won its last 10 games in a row, they’ve scored at least five runs in eight consecutive games, all on the road. After yesterday’s grand slam barrage, things calmed down, but two players finished with days similar to Jimmy Rollins. Zack Cozart became the first shortstop with two home runs and […]

Fantasy Forward: Pujols reaches 600 in Grand Fashion while Edinson honors “Ace” with a no-no

Fantasy Forward: Pujols reaches 600 in Grand Fashion while Edinson honors “Ace” with a no-no

During a day in which baseball will not soon forget, Albert Pujols became the fourth youngest player to reach 600 home runs behind Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez with a grand slam in the fourth inning off of Ervin Santana. Sometimes fate’s on your side despite the strife it can provide. Wearing a […]

Fantasy Forward: Another one bites the dust

Fantasy Forward: Another one bites the dust

When Jean Segura hurt his ankle, initial reports did not sound encouraging. Segura landed on the 10-day disabled list, but the front office quotes of “he’s likely out for a month with a second possible” means fantasy owners will need to replace another strong fantasy player. Teammate Felix Hernandez finished another simulated game and should […]