Five Things You Missed: Yankees, Dodgers One Win from World SeriesThe Yankees took all three games at home to seize control of the ALCS, while the Dodgers lost their first playoff game last night.
Some Slow-Starting Players Are Now Worth A Look In Fantasy BaseballIt happens every year in fantasy baseball: Players get drafted every March that end up struggling during the first six weeks of the season, so owners drop them. Yet by late June, those players recover and really start to hit. They'll end up where they should by September with good stats.
Constant Vigilance Is How You Win Your Fantasy Baseball LeagueWe've all heard the story from a friend how he or she simply drafted their fantasy baseball team and forgot all about it until finding out they won the league in October. Generally, that doesn't happen very often thanks to injuries, slumps and inevitable bad luck. You have to stay on top of your team's roster all summer long to win.
Mets' Matz: 'When You're Facing A Guy Like Kershaw, You've Got To Put Up Zeroes'Steven Matz had one bad inning in his first postseason start, all the leeway Clayton Kershaw needed to keep the Mets from advancing to the NL Championship Series in front of their orange towel-twirling fans.
Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Forces Mets Into Deciding Game 5 On ThursdayClayton Kershaw finally came through in October, just in time to save the Los Angeles Dodgers from another early exit.
Certain Positions In Fantasy Baseball Require Quality Backups On Your BenchWhat are the thinnest positions in fantasy baseball? Catcher? The infield positions of second base, shortstop and third base? All of the above? Yes, depth is better in the outfield and first base positions, so when you think about which players to stash on your bench, think about the ones with multi-position eligibility. They may not be the most productive on a day-to-day basis, but they have the capability to be very valuable to your team's chances of winning.
Justin Turner Rips Mets, New York Media Over Handling Of Tejada"In New York, it doesn't matter what it is, everything's a story, and they want to know everything about it. It turns into a big ordeal. Stuff that doesn't even matter."
Report: Ex-Met Justin Turner Agrees To Minors Deal With DodgersA prototypical utility player, Turner played 15 games at first base, 12 games at second base, 23 games at third base, 18 games at shortstop and one game in left field in 2013.
Mets Non-Tender Valdespin, Hefner, Atchison, Quintanilla And TurnerThe Mets did not offer contracts to pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Scott Atchison, infielders Omar Quintanilla and Justin Turner, and utility man Jordany Valdespin, making the five free agents.
Report: Mets Reach Out To Free-Agent Shortstop Rafael Furcal As far as free agents go, Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta are the cream of the shortstop crop, but they will be in heavy demand and will likely command top dollar. A cheaper option is 36-year-old Rafael Furcal.
Mets Looking Forward To Expanded Replay Following Controversial Loss"It's tough," Niese said. "Obviously (if) we were playing next year we wouldn't be in that situation. That's the beauty of replay and how necessary it is. It is what it is. (Layne) made the call, and we just got to get over it and come back after the off-day."
Mets Place Captain David Wright On 15-Day DL, Call Up Mike BaxterDavid Wright is going on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. Mike Baxter was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.