Beat the Shift Podcast – AL West Episode w/ Jennifer Piacenti

The AL West Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Jennifer Piacenti

Strategy Section

  • Head to Head Points leagues
    • Thoughts on the format
    • Are there ways to improve the format from a fairness perspective?
  • Other potential format improvements for leagues

AL East

  • Astros
  • Angels
    • Who has been the Angels fantasy MVP?
    • What will the Angels do at the trade deadline?
    • Aside from Jared Walsh, do any Angles infielders have fantasy value?
  • Rangers
    • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
    • Can Martin Perez continue his career season?
    • Expectations rest of season for Nathaniel Lowe
      • Who would you rather?
  • Mariners
    • Do the Mariners have a 2nd half run in them?
    • Will Jarred Kelenic be effective once he comes back up to the majors?
      • Jarred Kelenic or Jo Adell rest of season?
    • Will Jesse Winker rebound in the second half?
    • Who will lead the Mariners in saves for the rest of the season?
  • Athletics
    • Is Lou Trivino the new Oakland closer?
    • Who stands to gain playing time (and fantasy value) on the Athletics after the trade deadline?

AL East Predictions

Waiver Wire

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