Yesterday’s fantasy football draft went all right. Thanks to keeping Arian Foster in the 4th round and Rob Gronkowski in the 12th, the team looks a lot better than it might otherwise. Got stuck taking a lot of wide receivers early (Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White, Dez Bryant) because the running back talent pool was incredibly thin.
- Dale Sveum with the bottom dollar on Brett Jackson’s performance so far: “Even with the strikeouts, right now he has a .700 OPS. It’s not where you want it … but that’s the kind of center fielder you’re asking for, when you cut down the strikeouts.” As Denny Green might say, “He is who we thought he was.” The strikeouts, too, are coming down ever so slightly – in his last 29 plate appearances, Jackson has struck out “only” 11 times (38%). These sample sizes are obviously small, but a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single ground ball.
- The Cubs have used 48 players this year, just three shy of the team record back in 2000. That number is going to rise in September when rosters expand to 40. The Padres have used the most in MLB this year (51).
- Speaking of September call-ups, Dale Sveum suggested that Blake Parker, Chris Rusin, Jairo Asencio, Adrian Cardenas and Tony Campana are the most likely to come back up (all five have spent time on the big club already this year). Junior Lake remains a possibility, and newly-acquired Miguel Socolovich is a near lock. I’d also expect to see guys like Jeff Beliveau and Scott Maine come back. Usually, you see teams call up a third catcher, but the Cubs don’t currently have one on the 40-man roster.
- Phil Rogers on the dismantling of the Red Sox in the post-Theo Epstein era.
- Dale Sveum and Pat Listach, each of whom are younger than Roger Clemens, offer their thoughts on the 50-year-old righty making a comeback with the independent Sugarland Skeeters.
- Luke discussed it in the Minor League Daily, but here’s a write up on the Boise Hawks’ playoff clincher.