Midsummer Dreaming

A position-by-position breakdown of my five—Willie Mays Hayes, Buck Weaver, Ray Kinsella, Adirondack Slugs, and Charlie Hustle—fantasy baseball rosters at the All-Star break:

Catcher: Victor Martinez (3), Joe Mauer, Carlos Santana, Wilin Rosario, Jonathan Lucroy, Evan Gattis

First Base: David Ortiz (2), Joey Votto, Prince Fielder, Michael Cuddyer, Adam Dunn, Daniel Murphy

Second Base: Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Ben Zobrist, Matt Carpenter, Howie Kendrick

Third Base: Hanley Ramirez (2), Aramis Ramirez (2), Jedd Gyorko (2), David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, Pedro Alvarez, Pablo Sandoval, Michael Young

Shortstop: Martin Prado (3), Jean Segura (2), Jose Reyes (2), Derek Jeter (2), Troy Tulowitzki

Left Field: Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez, Justin Upton, Carl Crawford, Alex Gordon

Center Field: Carlos Gomez (2), Desmond Jennings (2), Mike Trout, Jacoby Ellsbury

Right Field: Yasiel Puig (4), Jason Heyward (2), Wil Myers (2), Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Shin-Soo Choo, Jay Bruce, Norichika Aoki, Shane Victorino

Starting Pitcher: Zack Wheeler (4), Matt Harvey (3), Yovani Gallardo (3), Gerritt Cole (3), Max Scherzer (2), Jon Lester (2), Hisashi Iwakuma (2), Shelby Miller (2), Jose Fernandez (2), Josh Johnson (2), Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Adam Wainwright, Stephen Strasburg, Yu Darvish, Zack Greinke, Matt Moore, Cole Hamels, Matt Cain, Clay Buchholz, Homer Bailey, Bartolo Colon, Derek Holland, A.J. Burnett, Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson, Justin Masterson, Hiroki Kuroda, Tim Lincecum

Relief Pitcher: Addison Reed (2), Francisco Rodriguez (2), Grant Balfour, Fernando Rodney, Chris Perez, Brad Ziegler

By comparison these were my drafted players:

Catcher: Victor Martinez (2), Jonathan Lucroy (2), Joe Mauer, Carlos Santana, Miguel Montero, Jesus Montero, A.J. Pierzynski

First Base: Corey Hart (4), David Ortiz (2), Mark Teixeira (2), Joey Votto, Prince Fielder, Allen Craig, Adam LaRoche

Second Base: Emilio Bonifacio (3), Jurickson Profar (2), Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Ben Zobrist, Rickie Weeks

Third Base: Hanley Ramirez (3), Alex Rodriguez (2), David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, Wil Middlebrooks, Marco Scutaro, Jedd Gyorko

Shortstop: Billy Hamilton (4), Jose Reyes (2), Martin Prado (2), Troy Tulowitzki, J.J. Hardy

Left Field: Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez, Justin Upton, Carl Crawford, Jackie Bradley

Center Field: Jayson Werth (3), Desmond Jennings (2), Adam Eaton (2), Mike Trout, Jacoby Ellsbury, B.J. Upton, Carlos Gomez

Right Field: Shin-Soo Choo (2), Bryce Harper, Jason Heyward, Jay Bruce

Starting Pitcher: Max Scherzer (2), Yovani Gallardo (2), Marco Estrada (2), Gerritt Cole (2), Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, Yu Darvish, Zack Greinke, Matt Moore, Matt Harvey, Dan Haren, Jon Lester, Hiroki Kuroda, Ian Kennedy, Josh Johnson, Kyle Lohse, Jarrod Parker, Homer Bailey, Ryan Vogelsong, Mike Fiers, Hisashi Iwakuma, Josh Beckett, Shelby Miller, Dylan Bundy

Relief Pitcher: Addison Reed (2), Phil Coke (2), Joe Nathan, Sergio Romo, J.J. Putz, John Axford, John Hanrahan, Greg Holland, Chris Perez, Tom Wilhelmsen,Grant Balfour, Glen Perkins

The roster turnover has been 47.9 percent; only 57 of 119 players remain from my Opening Day squads.

As for how actual teams are doing . . . here are the standings (with my team bolded) as of the All-Star Break:

Milwaukee County Stadium

Rank Team W-L-T Pct Div GB Last Week Waiver Moves

Bernie’s Chalet

3. Beantown Blaggards 138-102-40 .564 73-33-14 12-7-1 8 13
4. Juuust A Bit Outside 125-113-42 .521 48-37-15 12 9-8-3 2 8
11. Horshoes 109-135-36 .454 29-58-13 31 7-12-1 11 9
12. Wade in the Boggs 95-145-40 .411 23-45-12 43 8-9-3 4 19

Harvey’s Wallbangers

2. The Path to Power 140-102-38 .568 56-32-12 8-9-3 5 23
5. Willie Mays Hayes 122-111-47 .520 46-36-18 13.5 4-12-4 12 58
7. Hootenanny 114-124-42 .482 31-49-20 24 11-7-2 3 19
10. Ryno 106-130-44 .457 32-48-20 31 12-4-4 1 37

The Sausage Race

1. Johnnie Chimpo 145-96-39 .588 45-40-15 6-11-3 7 43
6. Bad News Squirrels 124-124-32 .500 45-42-13 24.5 9-8-3 6 19
8. Comeback Kids 112-130-38 .468 44-40-16 33.5 11-6-3 9 28
9. Madcity Misfits 108-126-46 .468 38-50-12 33.5 7-11-2 10 28

Ebbets Field

Rank Team Points Pts Change Pts Back Waiver Moves
1. Buck Weaver 165 0 12 47
1. Point O’Slam 165 0 4 66
3. WellyWorld 146.5 0 18.5 5 20
4. Hooters 145.5 0 19.5 11 75
5. ELO 135 0 30 8 7
6. 44 127 0 38 10 20
7. Gasbag Gang 126.5 0 38.5 3 16
8. Full Throttle 120 0 45 9 60
9. North Side Notch 113.5 0 51.5 1 11
10. Horshoes 111.5 0 53.5 2 6
11. Cubs try! Cubs try! 104.5 0 60.5 6 8
12. Default Team Name 100 0 65 7 11

Crosley Field

Rank Team W-L-T Pct GB Last Week Waiver Moves
1. WellyWorld 150-90-40 .607 10-6-4 11 17
2. Rockport-Fulton 142-103-35 .570 10.5 12-5-3 8 22
3. Red Dragons 133-105-42 .550 16 6-10-4 3 17
4. Bond St. Ballers 132-106-42 .546 17 11-5-4 2 99
5. TEXAS RANGERS 136-111-33 .545 17.5 12-7-1 6 177
6. Maximus OPS 128-123-29 .509 27.5 7-12-1 12 31
7. Cool WHip 118-118-44 .500 30 14-3-3 1 22
8. The Salad Tossers 115-130-35 .473 37.5 5-12-3 9 104
9. Ray Kinsella 107-131-42 .457 42 9-7-4 10 70
10. Full Throttle 109-134-37 .455 42.5 7-9-4 7 87
11. Sons of Pitches 96-151-33 .402 57.5 3-14-3 4 64
12. Benny Rodriguez 88-152-40 .386 62 5-11-4 5 7

Going for 28

Rank Team Points Pts Change Pts Back Waiver Moves
1. DJScrachitoryRape2. 111 0 10 73
2. Shin-Soo Been Gone 84 0 27 7 15
3. Adirondack Slugs 83.5 0 27.5 6 42
4. My Pujols on Fire 75.5 0 35.5 9 15
5. Chisox 69.5 0 41.5 12 11
6. Double Stuf Orioles 68 0 43 4 33
7. Stony Creek Stunners 62.5 0 48.5 11 30
8. DeWitt BoarHogs 58 0 53 5 29
9. 2 Scott’s and 1 cup 53 0 58 2 32
10. Fenway Faithful 44 0 67 8 27
11. Zim & Zimm 38.5 0 72.5 3 14
12. D-Where? 32.5 0 78.5 1 13

FTC

Rank Team Points Pts Change Pts Back Waiver Moves
1. Charlie Hustle 74.5 0 11 49
2. Bazinga 70 0 4.5 9 20
2. TBD 70 0 4.5 8 30
4. WellyWorld 62 0 12.5 2 13
4. Missing Maddux #31 62 0 12.5 10 68
6. Horshoes 59.5 0 15 7 10
7. Rugay2 55.5 0 19 1 6
8. SCREWBALLZ 55 0 19.5 4 16
9. Nolan Ryan 53 0 21.5 3 102
10. Mud Hens 52.5 0 22 6 46
11. Lightning Sneef 46 0 28.5 5 80

And my first half trades:

Willie Mays Hayes:

Date Player Type From To By
Jul 5 7:17pm Trade Willie Mays Hayes The Path to Power Nicholas J Wood
The Path to Power Willie Mays Hayes AARON MILLION

Buck Weaver:

Date Player Type From To By
May 10 10:54am Trade Buck Weaver Full Throttle Nicholas J Wood
Full Throttle Buck Weaver Yoda
Apr 26 2:12pm Trade Full Throttle Buck Weaver Yoda
Buck Weaver Full Throttle Nicholas J Wood

Ray Kinsella:

Date Player Type From To By
Jul 10 10:45am Trade Ray Kinsella Full Throttle Nicholas J Wood
Full Throttle Ray Kinsella Yoda
Jun 14 8:19am Trade Ray Kinsella WellyWorld Nicholas J Wood
WellyWorld Ray Kinsella welly
Jun 1 2:17pm Trade Full Throttle Ray Kinsella Yoda
Ray Kinsella Full Throttle Nicholas J Wood

Adirondack Slugs:

Date Player Type From To By
Jul 11 5:09am Trade DJScrachitoryRape2. Adirondack Slugs joseph wixon
Adirondack Slugs DJScrachitoryRape2. Nicholas J Wood
May 13 3:17am Trade Stony Creek Stunners Adirondack Slugs Brad
Adirondack Slugs Stony Creek Stunners Nicholas J Wood
Apr 19 2:47am Trade Adirondack Slugs Fenway Faithful Nicholas J Wood
Fenway Faithful Adirondack Slugs Chris
Apr 12 3:50am Trade Adirondack Slugs Zim & Zimm Nicholas J Wood
Zim & Zimm Adirondack Slugs Ben Evans

Charlie Hustle:

Date Player Type From To By
Jul 12 7:13pm Trade Missing Maddux #31 Charlie Hustle Hammer
Charlie Hustle Missing Maddux #31 Nicholas J Wood
Apr 23 9:39am Trade Charlie Hustle SCREWBALLZ Nicholas J Wood
SCREWBALLZ Charlie Hustle spoksiejr

For up-to-the-minute trades and weekly updates of the fantasy baseball standings, please follow me on Twitter: @nicholasjonwood.

Mail Time!

While I’m nowhere near the level of blogger who actually gets feedback from fans, I found it very cool that my comment did get picked out of the mailbag of my favorite hockey writer, ESPN’s Craig Custance:

Good afternoon, Craig. I’m a huge fan of your column; it always tops my list of must-reads. My question for you is this: Has there ever been a Stanley Cup champion that was as fortunate health-wise as the Chicago Blackhawks? Throughout the entire playoffs, they didn’t lose one man-game to injury until Marian Hossa was held out of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. And the only other postseason injury of any note was when Jonathan Toews missed the third period of Game 5. I know it is tough to quantify, but do you ever remember such a long run of sustained health in the postseason?
–Nick Wood, Washington, D.C.

Nick — I appreciate the kind words. The difference between a Stanley Cup winner and those knocked out early is often health. The Blackhawks were definitely the healthier of the two teams in the finals, although we found out later just how injured some of the Chicago players were. It was amazing to stand next to Marian Hossa on the ice as the Cup was being passed around and he revealed that he lost feeling in one leg because of a pinched nerve in his back. He joked with a big smile that he felt no pain at that moment, though. But even last season, the Kings were a very healthy team when they dominated their way to their Stanley Cup victory. I don’t remember any injuries of note with that team, at least nothing that derailed them. The Stanley Cup playoffs are a battle of attrition, and many times the team left standing is the one that dodges the most injuries.

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