Manny Machado is one of the best rising stars there is in Major League Baseball along with Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, and Jose Fernandez just to name a few. On Monday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles postseason hopes came to an end by the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field and they lost Machado in the process. In one of the scariest moments of the season, Machado was carted off the field after he suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his left knee. Machado was running out a ground ball when he stepped on the side of the first base bag and had his knee buckle. He was in immediate pain and remained on the ground for awhile before being carted off the field. We should know more about his status after he undergoes an MRI on Tuesday, but it's safe to say that this is the last we'll see of him this year. At this point, the hope is that the injury will not impact him in 2014. Machado is batting .282 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI this season and has become one of the top third baseman in the game.
The 162-game season that is Major League Baseball has just seven days remaining in it. There is no other way to describe it than it is a marathon that everyone involved just has to find a way to grind through it. Its the same for fantasy owners who grind it out as well. Sure, fantasy owners are not traveling and living out of a suitcase for six months, but fantasy baseball is challenging and winning your league is a major accomplishment. Head-to-head formats have arrived at championship week and rotisserie league formats have GMs scrambling to grab that last .5 point or point in a category that will win them the league or finish in the money. For those fantasy owners that lead their rotisserie league by a comfortable margin - enjoy the final week. You have survived that grind and you've earned a stress free week. Congrats!