Daily Recap

Fantasy Forward: Giancarlo Stanton will not stop

Fantasy Forward: Giancarlo Stanton will not stop

With apologies, one cannot ignore what Giancarlo Stanton’s doing. He homered for the sixth straight game on Tuesday night and moved his career high to 44 home runs along with the new Marlins team record. Stanton is now tied for the third most home runs, 23, in a 35-game span, one behind Barry Bonds (24 […]

Fantasy Forward: Chad Bettis for the win regardless of any outcome

Fantasy Forward: Chad Bettis for the win regardless of any outcome

When covering fantasy sports, it’s rare a game garners attention no matter how well a player fares. This happened last night when Chad Bettis returned to the mound at Coors Field after battling cancer. Enduring nine weeks of chemotherapy trumps his outstanding performance on the mound. Bettis threw seven shutout innings giving up six hits […]

Fantasy Forward: Corey Kluber extends strikeout streak

Fantasy Forward: Corey Kluber extends strikeout streak

Corey Kluber’s been dominant since his return from the disabled list, striking out at least eight in all 14 starts since his return. He’s within one of tying Randy Johnson (15 in both 1999 and 2000) for the record and sits third all-time if he does not reach eight strikeouts against the Royals on the […]

Fantasy Forward: Bryce Harper’s potential injury and its ramifications

Fantasy Forward: Bryce Harper’s potential injury and its ramifications

Trying not to overreact to the video of Bryce Harper‘s injury will be tough to do. Without debating if the game should be played or if the field conditions warranted it, Harper suffered his injury hustling to first base. He is a lightning rod for baseball with many fans, and some who do not like […]

Fantasy Forward: Another near no-hitter for Carlos Carrasco in the Trop

Fantasy Forward: Another near no-hitter for Carlos Carrasco in the Trop

Carlos Carrasco resides near Tropicana Field and loves pitching near his home. A mere 772 days removed from carrying a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth, Carrasco lost his no-hit bid on Friday night in the seventh. But, Carrasco did fire eight shutout innings giving up only two hits and two walks with 10 […]

Fantasy Forward: Giancarlo Stanton launches his 39th homer

Fantasy Forward: Giancarlo Stanton launches his 39th homer

Many wished to see what Giancarlo Stanton could do over a full season the previous two seasons. Bouncing back from his fluky injuries, Stanton is in the midst of a power binge, hitting his 18th home run over his last 30 games on Thursday. Stanton has already surpassed his career best in home runs in […]

Fantasy Forward: Odubel truthers unite

Fantasy Forward: Odubel truthers unite

Proving to be a bit streaky and sometimes mercurial, Odubel Herrera is on a hot streak since the start of June. He did end up on many waiver wires when his average cratered to .218 entering game play on June 1st, but he has been rebuilding it along with cementing his status as an outfielder […]

Fantasy Forward: Happy 26th Birthday Mike!

Fantasy Forward: Happy 26th Birthday Mike!

Not too long ago, this column mused about why Major League Baseball does not promote its stars enough. Kudos on celebrating Mike Trout’s 26th last night with a couple of tweets. Trout not only reached 1,000 hits in this game with a double, but homered for the fourth time in six games on his birthday. […]

Fantasy Forward: Manny Machado is back

Fantasy Forward: Manny Machado is back

After cratering in the first half of the season, Manny Machado seemed primed to bounce back in the second half. Baseball is a marathon, and while many focus on parts of the season, targeting Machado in trade talks with a frustrated owner made sense. Time has expired with Machado thriving from positive migration to the […]

Fantasy Forward: Stanton’s on a power binge, does anyone realize this?

Fantasy Forward: Stanton’s on a power binge, does anyone realize this?

Criticizing major league baseball’s marketing team seems contrite, but when Aaron Judge seemed to be hitting home runs every day for a stretch earlier in the season, the hype train rolled in his favor. After hitting home run number 36 last night and just missing on another, Giancarlo Stanton took over the major league in […]

Fantasy Forward: Yu knew a win was coming

Fantasy Forward: Yu knew a win was coming

Tracking the trade deadline with the beat writers, it seemed ominous Evan Grant, the Rangers beat writer, tweeted the team did not issue a statement saying trades were finished. Then the last trade bomb dropped with the Dodgers acquiring Yu Darvish for three prospects not named Alex Verdugo. Darvish turned in one of his worst […]

Fantasy Forward: Kluber remains dominant

Fantasy Forward: Kluber remains dominant

Reading a box score, one can infer a strong performance and Corey Kluber turned in another dominating one last night. In Kluber’s complete game against the Yankees he allowed three hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck out 11 with 18 swinging strikes generated. Going deeper into the numbers reveals a run of greatness […]

Fantasy Forward: More Trout milestones ahead

Fantasy Forward: More Trout milestones ahead

While the Angels continue to waste away Mike Trout’s prime, he is still producing at an alarming rate. Trout hit his 20th home run on Wednesday night in spite of missing 39 games this season. It marks the sixth time he has hit at least 20 home runs prior to his Age-26 season becoming only […]

Fantasy Forward: Streamlining to seven notes of interest

Fantasy Forward: Streamlining to seven notes of interest

Trying to recap all the game information can be time-consuming. In an effort to keep the column going along with making the lives easier of the writer and editor, the daily recaps will center on seven notes of interest in order to keep things fresh and stay on top of players of interest as things […]

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. […]