Fantasy Baseball sleeper team for the remainder of 2012

josh rutledge

With all of the trading, promotions, demotions, players being place on waivers, and whatever else has been going on to shake up MLB lineup cards, we’ve decided to put together the All-Sleeper Fantasy Baseball Team for the remainder of the season.

This lineup doesn’t feature players that we all know, but rather the players that you should know! Use these players as you need, but just know, they will be producing and at very low costs.

Starting Pitcher – Matt Harvey – New York Mets

Since making his Major League debut on July 26, Harvey has been nothing less than brilliant. After breaking the Mets record for strikeouts in a debut, Harvey has since pitched 6.0 innings and has struck out 7 more. His current totals are at 11.1 IP, 18 Ks, and just two earned, giving the phenom a 1.59 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.

According to ESPN, Harvey is on an innings limit (duh) and has about 50 innings left. He should be good for about 8-10 more starts, thus giving fantasy owners plenty to be excited about in 2012.

Closer – Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals

Since the trade of Jonathan Broxton to the Reds, Holland has taken over the closer role. He’s only had one save opportunity but he nailed it down. The new closer has lowered his ERA in his last five appearances (0 runs) and I think that trend will continue.

Catcher – Ryan Lavarnway – Boston Red Sox

Lavarnway made his season debut yesterday and while it wasn’t all that impressive, he did bat sixth and was walked once. I know, so what? Well, in 2011 the catcher hit two home runs and drove in four in his season debut. This young backstop has plenty of upside and for next to nothing.

First Base – Gaby Sanchez – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sanchez was acquired by the Pirates (from the Marlins) back at the trade deadline and the new change of scenery could help the 2011 All-Star get back on track. He didn’t have a great debut for the Pirates, per say, but he did bat cleanup for the bucs. Read the rest of the team here…


MLB best bets of the day: July 26, 2012

NY Mets at Arizona 9:40 PM Harvey vs Miley

This game features two future aces in Matt Harvey and Wade Miley. Harvey, 23, makes his Major League debut today, and I’m not so sure he’s ready. Not because he doesn’t have the stuff, but rather because he’s facing the hottest hitting team in baseball. While the Diamondbacks did lose yesterday, they were on a five-game win streak, and have won seven of their last ten.

This one isn’t about the phenom Harvey, but rather the Diamondbacks bats, and Wade Miley. Miley has been an absolute stud at home; in the eight games he has started at Chase Field, Miley sports a 2.55 ERA and a 7-2 record. As far as the bats are concerned, well, there shouldn’t be any concern, while at home. Diamondbacks hitters are batting nearly 40 points higher at home and have hit 27, 17, and 24, more doubles, triples, and home runs respectively, at home…in just two games more than away! Harvey had a 3.68 ERA for the NY Mets AAA affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. After this one, Harvey will be lucky to get south of a 5.00 ERA for the remainder of the 2012 MLB season.

Pick: Diamondbacks -1 ½(+125)

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