Pitcher perfect: Looking into a crystal ball with 216 red stitches
We've hit the three-day breather known as the All-Star Break (did you know Monday and Wednesday of this week are the only two days of the entire year where an MLB, NFL, NBA or NHL is not played?), and you take stock of your team. And since there's no box score data to stream through your brain, you crunch your team(s)' -- admit it, you have at least three teams, right? -- numbers and determine which categories you need to pursue in the second half (for me, HR and RBI). Unfortunately, shining that much light on your team might reveal that it's as bad as you think, and this year's league might be a lost cause. If you're in a keeper league, it's probably time to think about that $41 Albert Pujols for $5 Casey McGehee trade.
But now that you've analyzed your league standings, let's look at the MLB league standings and see what they can tell us about what to expect in the second half and how that might affect your fantasy team. This week we'll review the NL and next week we'll look at the AL.