Now that the clouds of anxiety, doubt and hope brought by the MLB trade deadline have passed, along with the trade deadline itself, it’s time to hunker down for the truly dog days of summer as baseball heads into the back straight away of the season.
The big-league teams have their rosters pretty much set for the next two months, but fantasy baseball owners have the luxury of changing things up every day for several weeks to come. Whether you’re up in the standings or barely scraping by like a recent college graduate fresh off a summer trip to Europe, you’re going to need depth at any position you can find it. I found some nice depth pieces in the infield to cover days off and injuries on your fantasy baseball roster. Some of these players may even become regulars in your lineups. Let’s go around the horn!
Fantasy baseball infielders to watch
Triston Casas, Boston Red Sox 1B
We head back to Beantown for our stop at first base. Triston Casas is yet another player excelling in his second Major League season this summer. A September call-up in 2022, Casas has held down first base all season at Fenway and is shaping up to be a long-term solution at the position for the Red Sox. With a .255 batting average, an .837 OPS with 15 home runs and 40 RBI, Casas’ numbers may make his season look a bit pedestrian, but the young lefty hitter has been a solid contributor to Boston’s July surge in the standings.
Casas has hit .358 with seven homers and 13 RBI over the past 30 days while slugging .761 with 1.217 OPS. Coinciding with his strong July, the BoSox first baseman has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games, and eight of those were multi-hit games. As nice a stretch as Casas has had of late, it’s certainly not without its faults as over that stretch of 18 games he has struck out 15 times. In four of those games, he had multiple strikeouts. He certainly likes to swing the bat. A few more faults in Casas’ stars are that he’s just a .204 hitter against lefties, is .208 with runners on base and just-a-shade better .221 with runners in scoring position.
Even though Boston made zero splash at the trade deadline, instead opting to just toss a little water on their brow by trading for a Brewers infielder who they immediately sent to the minors, they are still right in the American League Wild Card race. Wednesday’s Orioles win over the Blue Jays puts Boston just two games behind Toronto for the third Wild Card spot, 9.5 games behind Baltimore in the AL East.
The Red Sox open a 10-game homestand in Kenmore Square Friday against the Blue Jays before welcoming much more favorable opponents to Boston in Kansas City and Detroit. The incoming competition should help Casas raise his .270 batting average in Fenway Park.