Fantasy Baseball Busts Ready to Break Out

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Jason Heyward is ready to break out for fantasy baseball players in the coming weeks.

At this stage in your fantasy baseball season, you should have a pretty clear idea of where you stand in your league. If you are one of the unlucky ones that has more All Stars on your disabled list than in your starting lineup, you need something big to happen. One of the best things that could happen to you would be those players that have failed to live up to the hype finding a way to turn it around as the weather gets hot. If any of these players are still available in your fantasy baseball league or anyone is openly shopping them around, do what you have to do to get them in your lineups now!

Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves

The Braves have the second best record in the National League this season and it has mostly been because of their stellar pitching and timely hitting. One of the players that hasn’t done much hitting for the Braves has been Heyward. Coming into the season, some considered Heyward an MVP candidate, but through the first two months of the season, he was anything but that. He was hitting just .146 through the end of May, but has hits in nine straight and has raised his average to .207. If there was ever a time to snatch him up, it’s now.

Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels

Hamilton fled Texas for greener pastures in beautiful sunny California, but his start on the west coast hasn’t been written like a movie script. His average has been hovering around .220 for several weeks and with just nine home runs and 20 RBIs, his numbers aren’t showing that he was worth the big payday he got. If someone in your league is trying to deal him, get him now. Don’t forget that Hamilton hit 43 homers a year ago and had 128 RBIs.

Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Ramirez has played in just nine games this season, leaving the Dodgers with a gaping hole at shortstop for most of the season. He is five games into his return and while he has just two hits in nine at bats, should help the Dodgers return to glory this season. Of course, they need other stars to come back from injury to pose a serious threat to the Diamondbacks or Giants, but that’s beside the point. With Ramirez, if you can find a way to land him now, do it because it is only a matter of time before he breaks out.

Who Deserves MLB Awards Through 6/8/13

It is safe to say that considering I just started this baseball blog a couple days ago, I am a little behind in terms on preseason picks, awards and all that other good stuff. It doesn’t mean I can’t jump into the conversation at the start of June. In each league, there are certain players that deserve to win awards, but get overshadowed by bigger names. It’s like the All Star Game, but worse. At this point in the season, with every team having played at least 60 games, we have gotten a solid indication of who deserves to win their respective awards, but with so much time left in the season, who can actually pull through?

AL MVP

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

It’s hard to argue with what Cabrera has done this season and essentially throughout his career. Hitting .368 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs, Cabrera is three home runs away from being in the conversation for the Triple Crown. Of course, he is only trailing┬áChris Davis in home runs race and I don’t think many people expect him to stick around for much longer.

Chances Cabrera wins AL MVP: 95 percent

AL Cy Young

Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have a narrow lead in the American League East race because of Buchholz. The stud right hander is 9-0 this season with a 1.71 ERA. He has 81 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings and as long as he stays healthy, could be the difference between the Sawx losing their lead in the division to the hated New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, or even the Baltimore Orioles.

Chances Buchholz wins AL Cy Young: 50 percent. There are far too many talented pitchers right now to give him any greater chance. Hisashi Iwakuma, Alex Cobb, and Yu Darvish are three pitchers who have the stuff to keep up with Buchholz and wait for him to stumble.

NL MVP

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Before anyone goes crazy on me here, without Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks are not in first place in the National League West. He is fifth in the NL with a .326 average, tied for third in home runs with 15, and leads in RBIs with 58.

Chances Goldschmidt wins NL MVP: 40 percent. Right now, I’d give him a two in five chance at winning. He will see stiff competition from Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez from the division rival Colorado Rockies (they’ll split votes though), Yadier Molina and Joey Votto.

NL Cy Young

Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks

Okay, I stand corrected. Without Goldschmidt and Corbin, the Diamondbacks aren’t in first place in their division. At 9-0, the second year player from Clay, N.Y. has the best record in the league and a solid 1.98 ERA. He doesn’t give up a lot of hits, doesn’t give too many free passes and when in trouble, doesn’t let it affect him.

Chances Corbin wins NL Cy Young: 10 percent. I’m not saying he won’t keep up the solid play, but I’m saying he won’t keep up the solid play. There are far too many talented players in the NL that could take the award. Any of these players could take away his grasp on the award: Shelby Miller, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Minor, Matt Harvey (if healthy), Stephen Strasburg (same as Harvey), Adam Wainwright and Jordan Zimmerman.

Steroids in Sports

Hello again all!

I am back in the blogging business here with The First Pitch. The first topic I wanted to cover was something I wrote about earlier this week for Major League Fantasy Baseball, the latest drug scandal being linked to Major League Baseball. This is a place we have been before and been far too many times for my liking. Whether it was Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa or Barry Bonds, the place we are at in today’s baseball world is an unpleasant one for many.

For as long as sports have been played at a high level, drugs have been used and as long as the business is a lucrative one for the players, owners, and officials, drugs will be a part of every sport. That is something that will never change, no matter how big of an outrage is felt each time this news breaks.

Where do you all stand on the issue? Should Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez be suspended for 100 games for their role in the latest PED scandal? When will the leagues begin to hold their players responsible for their actions and when will these doping players begin to realize that they are considered role models by youth, whether they like it or not? These are all important questions that need to be asked and for the love of all things holy, are questions that we all need solid answers for.

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