Over the past two weeks there were a few adjustments made to my fantasy baseball team due to injuries, suspension and flat out necessity. I even added an extra pitcher to my rotation leaving myself with only one batter on my bench. The dynamic of starting pitching being the deciding factor for winning at fantasy baseball has completely taken over on my team after holding the first place spot for three weeks straight. This week I remained 3 1/2 games ahead of the second place team and playing the #8 team who has a balanced three bench hitters and 2 bench pitchers.
The biggest heartbreak of my fantasy baseball career, Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Not only did it hurt me because I love Manny, but also because he was crushing the ball as my top hitting outfielder. After I initially heard the news about Manny's positive test for PED's, I tried to trade him in the most unbalanced fantasy baseball trades in my favor. Needless to say, it didn't work. I was finally offered a trade; Alfonso Soriano for Manny Ramirez, and closed my eyes while clicking accept trade. Soriano has struggled over the past week batting .083 with a ton of K's, but I'm confident he will turn it back around and sock some dingers before the season ends.
I have always been against making a trade in fantasy baseball, but I couldn't resist taking a chance this season. Manny isn't going to be playing until July 5th or so, meaning I needed a bench player to cover off days until then. After trading Manny, I was also able to open up my roster for another pitcher in the free agent market.
The pitching addition of Dontrelle Willis from Free Agency by dropping Kosuke Fukudome drastically added to my bullpen. Willis has had two quality starts in his last two outings and stirring up quite a buzz around the fantasy leagues for a free agency pick up. The pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers has allowed Dontrelle to keep that hitch in his wind-up where his leg comes up higher than normal. Willis' struggles previously were from the changes he made in his rotation causing his pitches to be wilder, slower and less effective. Going back to the way the D-Train pitched in Florida with that high leg kick could result in a good amount of wins and strike outs with a low ERA. Good for me!
As always, I'll continue to keep you posted with anything I've got for your fantasy team, but that's all for this week. Feel free to let me know who's possibly wavering around on the free agent market in most leagues and just maybe you could support my cause.