MLB In Full Bloom - Rebuilding Keeper Rosters - 8/15/2014


It's the middle of August and if you participate in a keeper league and your roster is not in contention, it's time to look forward to next year. There is plenty of things you can do in the final weeks of this season to improve your 2015 team. Let's face it, fantasy football grabs the majority of people's attenti0n and there are productive players to be had on the free agent wire with top prospects being called up in September when MLB clubs can expand rosters. The Chicago Cubs have already brought of Javier Baez and the San Diego Padres recently called up outfielder Rymer Liriano. Both these top prospects will see significant opportunity to contribute in 2015. We have seen several injuries to top talent since the All-Star break, headlined by Troy Tulowitzki, Paul Goldschmidt, and Carlos Gonzalez just to name a few. Since these guys are not helping their owners for the stretch run, you may be able to trade for them now. Be aware of any upcoming changes to your league format such as new rules, new owners, and scoring changes because this should all factor into your decisions. Finish strong over the final six weeks and don't take these final two months off. If you do, you will end of regretting it in March 2015!


  • John Lackey allowed just two runs over seven innings and bounced back from a disastrous start in in previous outing, but he got a no-decision in Thursday's win against the Padres. Lackey gave up nine runs in five innings on Saturday, which was his second start with his new club. Last night, Lackey was so much better as he allowed five hits and struck out five. In 19 innings with the Cardinals, Lackey has a 6.16 ERA. He'll face the Reds on Tuesday at home in his next start.
  • Stephen Strasburg pitched seven strong innings, allowing only one unearned run en route to his ninth win as the Nats won on Thursday. It was a nice bounce-back start after getting rocked by the Braves in his previous start. Strasburg gave up only three hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight. The Mets only run came in the fourth after Ian Desmond allowed Daniel Murphy to advance to second on a fielding error. Strasburg now has a 3.53 ERA and he'll face the D'Backs at home in his next start on Tuesday.
  • Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will undergo season-ending surgery Monday, but he's expected to be ready for spring training. The expected rehab time for this type of surgery is 5-6 months, which means Gonzalez will be rounding into form right at the beginning of spring training. Drew Stubbs will likely see the day-to-day action in center field.
  • Max Scherzer threw eight shutout innings and struck out 14 Pirates on Thursday afternoon. He allowed just three hits and two walks in the victory. The big strikeout total helped Scherzer leapfrog Felix Hernandez and Stephen Strasburg for No. 2 in strikeouts across the league with 196. Scherzer hasn't been quite as masterful this year as he was last season, but he's been on fire lately with double-digit strikeout totals in three of his last five outings. The right-hander will look to keep it going in his next start against the Rays on Tuesday.
  • Dustin Pedroia had a productive night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a two-run ground-rule double in Thursday's win against the Astros. Pedroia capped off a seven-run sixth inning by knocking in Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley, Jr. with a double to right field. He had singled and scored previously in the inning. This performance was Pedroia's fourth multi-hit game in his last six games and he now owns a .285 BA with five home runs and 45 RBI.
  • Mike Fiers struck out 14 Cubs over six scoreless innings Thursday in the Brewers' 6-2 victory. Fiers joined Max Scherzer in striking out 14 today, but hi day was more impressive because he was given the chance to get just 18 outs total. In fact, Fiers is just the eighth pitcher ever to strike out 14 in an outing of six innings or less. Fiers is expected to get at least one more start with Kyle Lohse's next turn in doubt.
  • Thursday was the Opening Day of the Little League World Series and a great story is already beginning to take shape. The day belong to a team representing the state of Illinois and so much more. Jackie Robinson West is a team of little leaguers from Chicago's south side and the first all black team to make the World Series in over a decade and these guys can hit! This team is part of the urban initiative program that the little league began 15 years ago which was a big priority considering only 8% of major leaguers are African American. The first batter of the game, Pierce Jones put Illinois on top 1-0 with his first of three home runs! Jones finished going 4-for-4 with 3 HR and a triple for a total of 15 bases. Jackie Robinson West defeated Washington 12-2 and will face Nevada on Sunday.