Instead of delving back into the world of PEDs, Josh and I discuss whether now was the right time for the Phillies to make a change at manager. Charlie Manuel gave the team five straight NL East titles, two straight NL pennants and one World Series championship. Is the team’s mediocrity Manuel’s fault?
- Nine fantasy baseball questions from the Cafe forums are answered, from the following users:
NAME THAT WAIVER CLAIM
- This week, an AL batter on a new team who has hit well in his new home ballpark and an NL batter with strong numbers in the minors who’s getting increased playing time. Play along as we try to Name That Waiver Claim.
- In this NL edition of Future Rookies, we discuss the stocks of Andrew Lambo, Travis d’Arnaud, Cody Asche and Kolten Wong. Who needs to be on your fantasy team?
YOUR 7-DAY FORECAST
- Our team of streamers includes starts in Petco Park, Danny Salazar, Sonny Gray, Alex Wood, Jake Arrieta and more.
- Brett Anderson should return to the A’s as a starter with Bartolo Colon out, and should that put him on our fantasy radars? We also discuss whether Desmond Jennings should be held out of fantasy lineups when he’s activated, and whether Brian Wilson has any fantasy value this year.
BOTTOM OF THE 9TH
- Rafael Betancourt’s back, so we decide whether Rex Brothers should be kicked to the curb in fantasy leagues. We also take a look at what Astros manager Bo Porter is doing with his closer situation, and decide whether improved performance from Ernesto Frieri will earn him the closing gig back soon.
WRAP IT UP
- How does the AL Rookie of the Year race shake out?
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R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to CBSSports.com's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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