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As the Ball Turns: Next Stop...Wainwrightwood
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Good evening, everyone!

This is the most exciting time of the year for baseball fans. You could wake up tomorrow and the league could be turned upside down...more on trade rumors later. First, let's talk about all the juicy fun that happened around the league today.

Adam Wainwright pitched a dazzling game against the Dodgers tonight (8 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 5 K). One of my friends talked to me last night and mentioned how Chris Carpenter shut down the Dodgers last night. You just don't see the Dodgers get shut dismantled two nights in a row so he was worried about starting Wainwright on his fantasy team.

The Golden Rule of fantasy sports in my opinion is "stick with your studs." There aren't too many exceptions to this rule in my book. Only if a guy is injured and not playing should he not be starting on your roster.

You do not draft a guy in the first round to let him sit on your bench. Wainwright likely wasn't drafted in the first round for you, but he's been damn good for your fantasy team. He is a slam dunk for your team for the rest of the season.

Matt Wieters brought down the sky tonight with four hits and an RBI. Compared to what Wieters has been doing for the season, tonight was a heroic night.

People expected Joe Mauer numbers from this kid when he was called up, but he hasn't been too impressive. I am still up on the kid though and now is the perfect time to get the backstop at a heavily discount price.

At this point in the season, if you are sitting in third or fourth in your roto league and need to make up considerable ground, you need to start taking risks. You may not like it, but there is a reason why you are not in first.

Your hitters and pitchers just didn't pan out. Take a look at what your potential trade target's owner needs and try to offer him a trade that will be beneficial to both of you. When offering the trade, tell the owner why the trade would be good for him to better convince him to accept.

Remember, you only need to win a category by one. If you know you have home runs locked up but you are in need of stolen bases, don't be afraid to trade Carlos Pena for Nyjer Morgan.

Tonight was a bad night to go to the ballpark if you live in Boston. Boston was sitting on a nice 6-2 lead in the sixth inning only to blow it. Surprisingly, it was the bullpen that blew the game for Boston. This is shocking knowing Boston has one of the better relief corps in the league.

Despite the loss, Clay Buccholz pitched 5.1 effective innings (9H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K). I expected a much better game out of him, but he can't throw a no-hitter every time he goes to the mound, I suppose.

What a terrible week to start Brian Fuentes. He added to last night's ER extravaganza with another two ER and not one out. I'm pretty sure Fuentes isn't hurt, but monitor his status. Anyone closing for Anaheim is a slam dunk closer for your team.

Now in the next few days, we are going to see a lot of teams dealing to better their chances to post-season glory. Here are some of the biggest rumors which have a good chance of happening:

If anyone is going to get Cliff Lee in a trade, it is going to be Boston, Philly, or Anaheim. Philly is probably the team most likely to give big name prospects for Lee because of their pitching situation. Philly and Cleveland did some extensive background checks on minor leaguers that might be suitable for a trade.

As you are aware, J.P. Ricciardi gave MLB a July 28 deadline to deal for Roy Halladay. Well according to him, he's still open for offers. I don't have a strong feeling he gets dealt though. If the Blue Jays wanted to deal him, he'd be gone by now.

The Angels apparently made an offer for Heath Bell, which was turned down. They are looking for an eighth inning guy and there is going to be a closer around the league who loses his save opportunities.

Yet again, if Brian Fuentes messes up a couple more games I'm guessing someone gets a few save chances. I'm guessing George Sherrill or Chad Qualls.

Hope you enjoyed reading and make sure you keep checking for news of a big trade...you might find a free agent gem this year who could save your season.

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