As Major League Baseball endures one of its worst runs of weather in more than three decades, the historically early start to the 2018 season might turn out to be a blessing.
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Scheduled matchups between the Red Sox and Orioles in Boston and the Cubs and Cardinals in Chicago on Monday became the 22nd and 23rd games to be postponed Robert Ayers Jersey because of inclement weather this season. Monday night’s game between the Blue Jays and Royals in Toronto also was postponed because falling ice from the CN Tower damaged the retractable roof at Rogers Centre, bringing the total of postponements to 24.
As bad as it’s been to have the number of games we’ve lost so far, I can’t think of a game we’ve lost where I’m really concerned about the makeup date burdening a club or causing an issue. That’s sort of the silver lining in what we’ve had so far.
Along with rain, sleet and snow, teams have had to play their way through a brutal stretch of cold weather. According to ESPN Stats & Information, a total of 22 games in the first three weeks have begun with a temperature below 40 degrees. That’s already the most for an entire season since 2001.
Fantasy baseball success often hinges on your ability to be a bit of a fortune-teller.
It’s easy to look at the track record of a player like Max Scherzer or Mike Trout and be fairly confident that their hot starts to the 2018 season are legitimate.
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Somewhat similarly, when it comes to the very young and the very old, it makes sense to pair your level of trust inversely to the number of candles on their birthday cakes. By this I mean, with Ozzie Albies and Joey Lucchesi, I’m willing to buy in to their strong starts to the season a heck of a lot more than I am with Bartolo Colon, the No. 20 starting pitcher in fantasy scoring.
Now let’s look at Adam Duvall, dropped in 12.2 percent of leagues over the past week. Again, it’s easy to understand why he was sent packing. From April 5 to April 10, he went 2-for-23 with 1 HR,.087/.160/.217 and minus-2 fantasy points. Surprise! No, he didn’t suddenly become an MVP candidate, but since then, he’s been more than respectable: 4-for-14, 1 HR,.286/.375/.571, 12 fantasy points during April 11-15.