Most fantasy baseball teams were drafted three or more months ago, and even the most patient of managers is probably getting tired of some draft-day disappointments who are holding back fantasy rosters as summer begins.
Eric Karabell recaps action from Thursday, including a look at a dozen players who weren’t on the fantasy radar in March who are now lineup mainstays.
If your team is struggling or you just want to make a bold move, trading for someone’s struggling stars can be a way to get an edge if you predict a bounce-back. Give us a player who has failed to live up to preseason expectations and you’re looking to trade for now before they turn things around.
Eric Karabell: Time has run out on being able to secure the likes of hitters Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter, Elvis Andrus and Wil Myers for good value, but by this point of the season I am generally looking for pitching aid.
Pujols went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday’s win. He produced an RBI double in the first inning to give him 630 doubles for his career, moving him within two of David Ortiz for 10th on the all-time major-league list. He is four home runs shy of 630 for career, which would tie Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth on the career list.
Marcus Stroman (0-5, 7.71 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Blue Jays (34-41) on Saturday night in his first start since May 8.
In his last outing, Stroman gave up five runs and nine hits over five innings in a 5-0 loss to the Mariners in Toronto. His counterpart, Seattle left-hander James Paxton, became the first Canadian to throw a no-hitter in the game.
Stroman went on the disabled list a day later with fatigue in his throwing shoulder.
It just got to the point where it was so mentally and physically frustrating, Stroman told MLB.com at the time. I just need to take a step back for a second, put it all together and come back and be myself out there.
Pujols and Angels center fielder Mike Trout are each 5-for-10 in their careers against Stroman.