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Thursday, August 20, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL CRISIS POINT: STEPHEN VOGT C OAKLAND A'S

The long grind of a fantasy baseball season impacts all involved.  From the hitters and pitches to the fantasy baseball players who have to religiously work their lineups every day for six months, the entire season is one big grind.  Among the players however, the catching fraternity bears this burden more than any other spot on the diamond.  Having to don the tools of ignorance and get into a crouch countless times throughout the season, with the weather turning brutally hot in the summer, catchers have it worse than anybody else.  As a result, we often see catchers slump when it comes to their hitting as the summer moves into the dog days of mid-July through August.  By that time, the grind of the season and the extreme heat in some places take its toll in a very negative way in terms of batting statistics.  It is simply a fact of life for catchers and those that employ them in fantasy baseball, which is doubly frustrating since you want your batters at their optimal best as leagues get decided.  We see one such negative example when it comes to Oakland A's catcher Stephen Vogt who was everyone's darling the first half of the season as he came out as one of the very best values in fantasy baseball.  Claiming a well-deserved All-Star Game nod, Vogt proceeded to hit .287 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI the first half of the season.  Unfortunately the good times did not keep rolling as Vogt has been in a massive slump from the middle of July onward to the tune of a .167 average with 2 home runs and a grand total of 6 RBI in only 84 at-bats.  That is pretty much as bad as it gets for a hitter and as a result Vogt is already making his way to the waiver wire en masse.  Despite how great he was in the first half, you simply can't have that kind of average dragging your down for the stretch run. 

So what happened here?  Did opposing pitchers adjust to Vogt the more they got film on him or is he simply tired from his first full MLB campaign behind the dish?  Figure on a combination of both here as opposing pitchers surely found some loopholes to exploit when it came to Vogt.  In addition, Vogt also no doubt is fatigued as he has never had to catch for such a long season before.  Don't also discount the fact that catching major league pitchers is also very taxing mentally which no douvt contributes to the hitting issues.  When you combine the two, we can understand why the going has been so tough. 

When you put it all together, we no doubt have reached the point with Vogt where you have to move on in single redraft leagues.  There is a fantasy baseball title to be won and you can't stay loyal to first half heroes as they drag you down in the second half.  As good as Vogt was early on, is how bad he currently is. 

 

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