Welcome to another edition of the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings. If you are a consistent reader of these articles, then you would know that I like to start off by giving my random thoughts on things that are going on around baseball. Well, today, I am going to open up by discussing the abrupt demise of the San Francisco Giants’ dynasty.
At this point, it is much more than the odd year curse. In past year’s, the Giants have been bad in odd years, but the fact that the even year dominance ended with an NLDS loss to the Cubs last season should now eliminate the “even/odd year effect” for the Giants. Also, the Giants have reached a whole new level of bad.
Not only will they not be making the playoffs this season, but they are actually one of the worst teams in baseball. In fact, they recently became the first team in baseball to hit 50 losses on the 2017 season. It also stings even more for Giants fans considering that their bitter rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, recently became the first team to hit 50 wins.
Everyone knew that with the Giants aging core and a weak farm system behind them that the dynasty would end eventually. People just didn’t expect it to be this season. Buster Posey has been amazing, Madison Bumgarner has been hurt, and literally everyone else has regressed in a huge way. The pitching has been awful, the hitting has been terrible, and major injuries have been a normal occurrence. Even if this season for the Giants could have many parts that could end up being flukes, and even if you add the fact that they remain in great hands with wonderful management, we could seriously see the Giants go into full rebuild mode in the near future.
Now, after that little discussion, let’s take a look at the stock changes in this week’s 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
Edwin Diaz, RP, Seattle Mariners
This one doesn’t require much explanation. Edwin Diaz is one of the game’s most talented closers, but his stock obviously went down when he was removed from the closer role. Now, his stock is obviously back up because he has been put back into that role and shown that he can once again handle it. He should be one of the elite relievers from a Fantasy standpoint from here on out.
Matt Adams, 1B, Atlanta Braves
In wake of Freddie Freeman’s injury, the Braves made a move to acquire Matt Adams to be their interim first baseman. Man, is that looking like a great move.
Through 33 games with the Braves, Adams is batting .298 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI. He has picked up right where Freeman left off and owners everywhere are reaping the benefits. The Braves may still find Adams a starting role even when Freeman comes back due to the fact that he is simply playing so well. He could also end up being traded, as the rebuilding Braves could flip the veteran for a larger return than what they paid for to another team who needs a first baseman. Either way, as long as he is both playing and hitting, he should be a fixture in Fantasy lineups.
Kyle Schwarber, OF, Iowa Cubs
Hehe. I had to do it. I had to make the article image as Schwarber in the minors as well as refer to him as on his Triple-A team, because, well, he is in the minors now. Yes, it is sort of a joke, but I guess it is technically correct, right? But also, seriously: what the hell happened to Kyle Schwarber?
At one point during Schwarber’s 2015 rookie 2015, he looked like the MLB’s next star. Through his first 36 major league games, Schwarber was slashing .311/.407/.613 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. His stats gradually fell over the course of the rest of the season, but his numbers were still very good for a rookie and pointed towards a long, successful career. Well, he has hit his first major road bump, as his .171 batting average through 64 games on the season wasn’t cutting it and he will now have to spend time in the minor leagues. He should be dropped in all season-long leagues until further notice.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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