What did we learn last night? July 14th edition

The first half of the baseball season is in the books, and I hope that everyone reading this was able to grind out a solid profit. At the halfway point, I like to take a look back at the players that treated me well over the first 90-some games, those that didn’t live up to the hype, and those special 9 players that turned $2 into $2k and made my summer that much more enjoyable!

But I would be remised if I didn’t take a second and talk about the most important thing I learned this week…

Lebron is coming home to Cleveland.

Any of you that follow me on twitter know that I am as big of a Cleveland Honk as Peter Jennings is a Tulo honk. After “The Decision”, I wasn’t “burn-your-jersey guy”… I was “ouch, that felt personal guy”. It hurt. Lots.

I know that sounds a bit ridiculous, but I was invested in not only Lebron, but in the City. I worked downtown. I had season tickets. I was there the night Lebron hit last second shot to beat Orlando (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fD1MNjkPFs&feature=kp)… Hell, I even took my now-wife to a Cavs game on our fist date. To say that I bought into what Lebron was selling is the understatement of the century. When he left, it not only hurt the Cavaliers franchise, it hurt downtown Cleveland from an economic sense that few outside Cuyahoga County truly understand.

I could probably go on for another 5000 words about this topic, but I know that isn’t what you came to read. This is a Daily Fantasy Sports site, so I will end with this; Having Lebron come back to Cleveland is about so much more than basketball to the people of this city. It’s personal.

And from a DFS perspective, I will roster Lebron 82 times next season, I don’t care what the price is. Hell, I may even roster him when the Cavs have a night off… just as a sign of respect. #Witness.

But I digress. Here’s what we learned in the first half of the Major League season:

-Chris Davis stinks. Like really bad. He has sunk more of my GPP lineups that I’d care to admit. I saw a stat last night that he is hitting under the Mendoza line against off speed pitches. If something doesn’t change soon, Willy Mays Hays may have to sacrifice a chicken to get things right. “You’re trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curve ball?”.

-How about Jake Arrieta. 85 strikeouts in 78 innings for the Cubbies. I see you, Jake.

-I’ve touched on Terry Francona’s brilliance of getting the best of Lonnie Chisenhall in previous blogs, so I won’t linger to long there… but Chisenhall was a forgotten prospect until Francona got his paws on him. Now Lonnie is hitting .328 with 9 dongs and 41 rbi. Bet you didn’t see that coming, Manny Acta!

-Remember when Scooter Gennett was a minimum priced punt at second base? Those were the days.

-When I’m 50, I hope I’m as good as whatever I do as Victor Martinez is at hitting a baseball. (I know he’s not 50. Relax.)

-I’ve stacked the Cubs once this year, and it resulted in shipping a FanDuel Squeeze. Shout out, Anthony Rizzo.

-This is the first year that I’ve played in these Survivor tourneys. THEY. ARE. AWESOME. I’ve made a few pretty good runs at the Streak to the Playboy Mansion on StarStreet, though I’ve fallen short. Much to the dismay of the Bunnies. However, I’m in the midst of the Survive or Revive tourney on FanDuel, and I must say that it is addicting.

-Players I found myself rostering a bunch in the first half: Ryan Braun, Chris Davis, Justin Upton, Matt Dominguez (WHY!?!?), Michael Brantley, Dee Gordon, Stephen Strasburg, Oakland A’s, Brewers and Cory Kluber.

-Players I found myself avoiding a bunch in the first half: Yasiel Puig, Justin Morneau, Mets, Royals, Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Harang and Joey Bats.

Enjoy the next few days off, and we’ll catch you right back here for the second half!

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