MLB Second Half Begins Tonight

The last two nights have been slow because there as been no baseball, but that all changes tonight as the major leaguers get back to action after the four day All Star game break. For the most part season standings are where one would expect, with the Detroit Tigers holding a 6.5 game lead in the AL Central and the Chicago Cubs 12 games out of first and in last place in the NL Central.

As for my fantasy baseball team, it has been more Chicago Cubs than Detroit Tigers for me this year. I am sporting a 3-10-1 record, good for last in my league. I've struggled to get a good outing from my entire team each week. One week my hitting is good but my pitching sucks, the next the pitching is good and hitting sucks.

Injuries have not helped me. At one point I've had as many as four key players on the DL at one time. Mark Trumbo just came off the DL before the break and is yet to be in form, and Joe Mauer has taken his place.

Josh Hamilton and Jay Bruce have also had considerable time on the DL, and that combined with the fact that Mauer and JJ Hardy are having down years has not helped my batting.

Pitching has been a real disappointment. Yu Darvish was expected to contend for a Cy Young this year, but that is not panning out. Anibal Sanchez has his usual low ERA and WHIP but has not got run support and therefore lost a lot of games early in the season. Kyle Lohse has been my most reliable pitcher, with 9 wins, a 3.26 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.

I've lost some close scores during the first half, so its possible things could turn around for me, but at this point if my team made it to .500 that would be an accomplishment. My goal is to not finish in last place.

Last built: Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

By Frank McPherson, Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5:04 PM. What a long strange trip it's been.