There’s a month left in this season of baseball. Why does that matter? It matters because the trade deadlines have left the wild card in a mess. It feels like the aftermath of the trade deadlines has thrown a bunch of the online baseball odds for the season into the air.


Things do not make complete sense, but only with the Wild Card. There is still order in a couple of corners. The Astros, Nationals and the Dodgers have their respective divisions in a virtual lock.


Only the NL Central and the AL East division seem set to go right down to the wire. But none of that matters much in light of the wild card race in both leagues. Things seem to be winding up instead of down.


The Diamondbacks and the Rockies seemed set to stay atop the NL Wild card standings until the end. But with the way the Rockies have been fading, it won’t be so surprising if they lose out to the Brewers who are 1.5 games behind them.


With their 4.5 games lead, the Diamondbacks are also struggling to pull away. But they are not in as dire a position as the Rockies who must also worry about the Cardinals who are just 2.5 games back.


And it will only take a few bad series for the Marlins, who are within striking distance, to also close that gap. So the people in the Rockies camp cannot be getting that much sleep.


Of course, anyone who thinks that situation is insane hasn’t yet peeked at the hullabaloo manifesting in the AL Wild Card. The Yankees might be leading the standings but they are not rejoicing, what with their measly one game lead.


And the Twins are closely following them. But that is nothing compared to the race that is playing out between the Orioles, Rangers, Angels, Mariners, Royals and the Rays all of whom are clustered over a 5-game spread.


Simply put, any seemingly full proof prediction you might have with regards to the teams that will go to the playoffs this year has a high chance of being very wrong. There is no predicting the wild card, at least not now.


And remember that there is only a month left to the season. With that many clusters, it might be time to raise the possibility of a tie bringing the regular season to a close. Think about that. Fans would be treated to game 163, which might make 2017 one of those years that go down in history.


Every piece of news coming out of baseball has added meaning these days because one can never tell how it will impact the game in the next month. There’s still some buzz over C.C. Sabathia’s conflict with Eduardo Nuez. He isn’t happy that the Red Sox made him field a bunt after he came back from his knee injury.


The issue isn’t raising as much noise as the Thursday night game that saw the replay umpire royally mess up. But that controversy is unlikely to bloom into anything serious, not while everyone is busy scrutinizing the consequences of the trade deadlines.


It is worth noting that no managers have been fired this year. So that says something.

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Byron Buxton
With the end of the 2017 Major League Baseball season fast approaching, fantasy baseball fans are trying to make moves that can help them win their leagues. With teams that have big division leads contemplating resting players for the playoffs, it will be interesting to see how people respond to baseball betting odds for the rest of the regular season. In any case, there is still plenty of time to pick up the right player to help you win your fantasy league.


Thanks to their struggles either at the beginning of the season or at the midway point, there are some players that wouldn’t be available this late in the season if everything was equal, that are still available and can make a significant difference on your team.


There are also players that you have probably kept on your roster for way too long and need to get rid of for more productive players.


Here are some players that should be on your roster right now.


Trevor Bauer, Pitcher, Cleveland Indians


Bauer had a very slow start to the season and was a disappointment to those who picked him early, which is one of the reasons he is likely still available in most leagues. For the season, he has a 4.50 ERA to go with a 12-8 record.


However, Bauer has been playing very well lately, and has a 1.51 ERA since late July and has 38 strikeouts in his last 35 2/3 innings. Even though he still gives up a lot of hits, Bauer is one of the hottest pitchers in the league right now and it would be a good idea to add him to your roster and ride the streak out.


Dinelson Lamet, Pitcher, San Diego Padres


Like Bauer, Lamet has overcome a poor start to the season and has become one of the hottest pitchers in the league. For the season, Lamet has a 4.84 ERA and a 7-5 record, but since the All-Star break, he has gone 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. The fact that he is doing this with the Padres makes it more impressive.


Byron Buxton, Outfielder, Minnesota


Nelson too had a slow start to the season but has since picked things up. Since July, Buxton has been hitting .356 and has eight stolen bases as well.


Cory Spangenberg, Utility, San Diego Padres


For the season, Spangenberg has a .278 batting average, 12 HRs and eight SBs. But he has also been hitting.300 since July, and can fill in for at least three positions on your roster, which makes him a very smart pickup.


Players to Sit or Drop


Trevor Rosenthal, Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals


Rosenthal was providing quality fantasy points as a closer for the Cards, but an injury just likely ended his 2017 season, so there’s no reason to keep him on your roster.


Gregory Polanco, Outfielder, Pittsburgh Pirates


Fans had big expectations from Polanco this season, but a slow start to the season quickly tempered the expectations. In the past month, he hit .175, and is heading to the disabled list with an injury making it the right time to part with one of the most disappointing fantasy players of the year.


Dustin Pedroia, Second Base, Boston Red Sox


Pedroia, decline continued this season and the former AL MVP continues to deal with injuries, which have affected his power and speed.


Brent Suter, Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers


Suter was hot in July, posting a 1.50 ERA in five starts. However, things haven’t gone as well for him recently and he had an 8.16 ERA in three August starts.

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Asher Wojciechowski
Asher Wojciechowski, Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres
Wojciechowski is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 39 innings. He’s 2-1 at home with a 3.12 ERA. The Padres are hitting .234 and averaging 3.81 runs per game.
Season Totals: 99 starts, 32-30, 552.2 IP, 400 Ks, 4.45 ERA (273 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (567 hits, 195 walks)

Yonder Alonso
What does it take to win a fantasy baseball championship? That question seems like an easy one but if you know anything about betting you should realize how untrue that sentiment is. 2017 has been a good year in the MLB. There have been a lot of big names to cheer for, people like Aaron Judge and Jonathan Schoop that are justifying their super star status and making betting tips for wagering all but irrelevant.


After all, everyone seems to think that they know what it takes to make it to the top. Even young arms like Aaron Nola and Luis Severino are joining big names in the league and garnering all manner of attention, a trend that is likely to end in disaster.


It is easy to lose oneself in the allure of a big name. And it takes a bit of careful sniffing for one to realize that not every big name is what they seem. An example is Yonder Alonso. Alonso has been experiencing a surge of sorts. And if you’re foaming at the mouth for him, no one will blame you.


After all, Alonso is definitely having a career year, having garnered a .266 average and 22 home runs. 2017 has seen Alonso eclipse his performance from the previous years on more than one occasion.


And it isn’t just the runs scored on his record that have people talking but the changes Alonso has been implementing in his swing, alterations in the launch angle that are clearly improving his capabilities and setting him up for some incredible feats down the line.


Of course, if none of those trendy Alonso stories with their buzz words have moved you in any way, no one is going to blame you either. You probably have your eyes set on the fantasy baseball championship which means that you are ignoring the surface numbers.


That is what everyone is doing with Alonso, looking at the surface stats. Yes he was hot at some point, and maybe there are residual elements of his previously amazing performance, but Alonso is no longer the player everyone thinks he is and, if you really have your eyes on the prize, then you must let him go.


That isn’t to suggest that anyone that was hyping Alonso was wrong. Players wax and wane and no one would criticize you for hyping a player at their best. However, once they begin to wane, you must be able to recognize their descent so that you can let go of them in time.


Anyone that is still hyping Alonso’s previous numbers isn’t looking at the below average figures he has posted since June. Alonso might have been a star at the start but his shine has definitely plummeted.


Do not be surprised if he fails to make in on a 12-team mixed league roster because he is that bad these days. If you thought Alonso was blossoming in previous months, you should know that there are other prospects showing the same talent or even greater, this including Mike Moustakas and Justine Smoak.


No one is stopping you from letting the numbers define the way you structure your team roster. However, make an effort to take an in-depth look at the players at hand. If you look closely enough, you might be surprised by what you discover.

Matt Garza
Matt Garza, Milwaukee Brewers at Minnesota Twins
Garza takes on his old team. He’s 5-5 with a 3.68 ERA, including 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his last five starts.
Season Totals: 98 starts, 32-29, 546.2 IP, 395 Ks, 4.41 ERA (268 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (562 hits, 192 walks)

Jhoulys Chacin
Jhoulys Chacin, San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds
Chacin is 11-7 with a 3.99 ERA. He’s 6-3 since the start of June with a 2.49 ERA. He’s been brutal on the road, but Cincinnati presents a favorable matchup. He is 1-0 against the Reds with a 2.57 ERA.
Season Totals: 98 starts, 32-29, 546.2 IP, 395 Ks, 4.41 ERA (268 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (562 hits, 192 walks)

Tyler Skaggs
Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland A’s
Skaggs is 1-1 with a 3.99 ERA, including 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last three starts. Oakland is hitting .238 and averaging 4.28 runs per game.
Season Totals: 96 starts, 32-27, 537.1 IP, 390 Ks, 4.39 ERA (262 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (551 hits, 189 walks)

Adam Conley
Adam Conley, Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
Conley is 4-3 with a 5.11 ERA, but is 2-0 in his past three starts with a 1.74 ERA. He’s 3-0 on the road with a 1.54 ERA. He was 2-0 against Atlanta last year with a 0.98 ERA
Season Totals: 95 starts, 32-26, 535.1 IP, 390 Ks, 4.29 ERA (255 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (543 hits, 188 walks)

Kendall Graveman
Kendall Graveman, Oakland A’s at San Francisco Giants
Graveman is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The Giants are hitting .246 and are averaging 3.97 runs per game.
Season Totals: 94 starts, 31-26, 527.1 IP, 387 Ks, 4.35 ERA (255 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (537 hits, 186 walks)

Jhoulys Chacin
Having ace pitchers is very important to your success in fantasy baseball, which is why the top pitchers always go early in the draft. At this point in the season, finding an ace is almost impossible, but it can still be done. If you enjoy betting on baseball and fantasy sports, check out the MLB odds that affect fantasy baseball.


One thing you have to understand at this point of the season is the fact that you won’t be picking up the likes of Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Stephen Strasburg, or any other big name pitchers unless they suffer season ending injuries.


Even though you can’t sign the guys mentioned above, you can still sign some really good pitchers that are often overlooked because they are on terrible teams.


One of those pitchers is San Diego’s Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin was available in many fantasy leagues earlier in the season because he struggled a lot. In his first 12 starts of the year, Chacin was 4-5 with a 5.65 ERA. Opponents were also hitting .277 against him at the time.


Since his horrible start, Chacin has turned things around and is currently one of the hottest pitchers in the league. In July, Chacin was 4-0 in five starts with a 2.51 ERA. Opponents were hitting .207 against him as well.


In his last nine starts, Chacin is 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA. While his numbers improved as the season went on, he is still not a very reliable pitcher on the road, but his numbers on the road have also improved as well. Chacin hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last four road starts.


The best part about picking up Chacin right now is he is approaching the months in which he has historically been at his best.


In 28 career appearances in August, Chacin is 12-9 with a 3.31 ERA. In September, he is 8-10 with a 3.37 ERA.


The interesting thing about Chacin is he is currently owned in only 28 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues, which means he is probably available right now.


While he isn’t expected to be your top pitcher, he will get you a lot of points and help you win games because he is pitching really well right now. If you can get past the fact that he pitches for the Padres, you will have a valuable asset on your team.


Here are a few other pitchers that can help you out.


Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks


Corbin is 4-3 in his last nine starts, and while that might not jump out at you, you have to consider the fact that he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of those games. Additionally, Corbin is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA since the All Star break and has pitched very well at Chase Field this season with a 6-3 record and a 3.14 ERA.


Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds


Castillo is 1-4 with a 4.05 ERA, which aren’t impressive numbers. However, the rookie is striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings and leaving 81 percent of batters stranded on base.


James Paxton, Seattle Mariners


Paxton was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in June, but he rebounded nicely in July, going 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA.

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