Why Pitching Is The Hardest Thing To Rely On In Fantasy BaseballMost fantasy baseball owners plan their draft around picking pitchers that threw well last year. But as we all learn, sometimes things don't go as planned. Pitchers can get hurt; their performance can drop off for a number of reasons, sometimes without rational explanation. The hardest part for the fantasy owner is accepting that the present season is different than past seasons, and it's sometimes better to just admit you drafted wrong instead of stubbornly sticking with bad pitchers all season—and losing the league.
When It Comes To Fantasy Baseball, Always Beware Wrist And Foot Injuries On Your RosterStrange as it may seem, not all injuries are created equal in sports. In baseball, any kind of hand/wrist injury can really impact a hitter's ability to turn on a fastball, and those players trying to come back from such injuries often struggle at the plate. Likewise, foot injuries are hard to overcome for hitters and pitchers, especially if it's to a plant foot that gives the player power to swing or throw the ball.
Patience Is Not A Virtue One Month Into The Fantasy Baseball SeasonIf you have veterans who are not performing after one month of the season, it's time to let them go. Someone else has to chance them on the roster; you need players performing right now. So shelve your emotions and make the tough choices that other owners can't—and won't—make. It will help you win in September.
A's Put Tigers On Brink Of Elimination, Take 2-1 Series Lead In ALDSBrandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith homered for the Oakland Athletics, who chased Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, on Monday for a 2-1 lead in their AL Division Series.
Coleman: Might The Mets Target Slugger Jonny Gomes If Scott Hairston Departs?After a down year in 2011 -- which was split between Cincinnati and Washington -- Gomes bounced back to hit 18 home runs and drive in 47 runs in 279 at-bats, along with his best-ever .377 on-base percentage for the A's.
Athletics Complete Four-Game Sweep Over YankeesCoco Crisp collected the game-winning hit as the Yankees lost in 12 innings to the Oakland A's. The Athletics completed a four-game sweep over the Yankees.
Silverman: Upstart A’s Find Their Bite During The Dog DaysThe surprise Oakland A's have become a dangerous team both in the AL West and in competition with the Yankees.
Teixeira Drives In 5 RBI, Yankees Cruise To Victory Over A'sMark Teixeira's hot streak continued as he drove in 5 RBIs during the Yankees' 9-2 win over the Oakland A's on Saturday.
Ryan Kalish Can Make Impact In Red Sox' Right FieldRyan Kalish underwent a shoulder procedure in November, but he could be ready to play come May, giving him five months to make an impact on the big league squad.
Hartnett: Yankees Can Meet Oakland’s Price For Gio GonzalezThe Yankees interest in Oakland Athletics' All-Star lefty Gio Gonzalez appears to be rising and they have the prospects required to meet Billy Beane's high demands.
Hartnett: Red Sox Will Break Up ‘Dream Team’ By Ousting FranconaThe Red Sox's forthcoming decision to fire manager Terry Francona makes little sense given his involvement in the franchise's successes and managerial overall record. I can't imagine who could fill the shoes of one the game's best.
Red Sox Defeat Yankees In Extra Innings, Pull Ahead In AL East RaceThe Yankees were on the verge of leaving Boston with the division lead and a chance to salvage what had been a lost season against the Red Sox. Then Mariano Rivera blew a save in the ninth.