Daily Dojo 7-2-2013

Bryce Harper on the Sports Illustrated cover at age 16.

Bryce Harper on the Sports Illustrated cover at age 16.

Bryce Harper returned to the National’s line up last night. He homered in his first at bat. Harper is a special talent. I remember reading about him when he was the cover story for Sports Illustrated at age 16. The video of him hitting the Tropicana sign inside Tamba Bay’s stadium during a home run derby was my favorite Harper video. Can he lead the Nationals to a playoff berth at the young age of 20 years old?I am not so sure. I think he could if his supporting cast can pick up the pace. They DEFINITELY have the pitching, assuming Strasburg can stay healthy. Their line up has just been so up and down this year; I am not so sure the line up will be able to keep them in the playoff race in September. Ryan Zimmerman has a hurt shoulder and if you don’t believe me, watch him throw to first. Jason Werth was not worth that huge contract, obviously. Danny Espinosa got demoted to AAA because he couldn’t put the ball in play with a batting average of .158. He does have a torn rotator cuff, but if he can’t perform hurt, he needs to get it fixed! Ian Desmond has been good with 15 homers from the shortstop position. Adam LaRoche has not heated up just yet, like he usually does after April. Maybe they can catch up to the Braves, but I just think the Braves ridiculously hot start, led by Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, will propel them to an NL East crown. I realize there is half a season yet to be played. I just do not think the Nationals will put together a large winning streak to catch the Braves, and while I do not think highly of the Braves, they won’t collapse in September. They will hit just enough home runs to put them in the playoffs.

Albert Pujols signing with the LA Angels

Albert Pujols signing with the LA Angels

Albert Pujols plays the Cardinals for the first time since joining the Angels. It is in Anaheim, but I am sure it will still be a big deal to Pujols. He will probably have a monster night. He hasn’t been the same player since he left St. Louis, but he is still one of the best hitters I have ever seen in my two decades of life. He can definitely put it together for one night. I think that night will be tonight, but it could happen at any point during this series. It’ll be a good game to watch tonight and it would be even if Pujols wasn’t the main story. Lance Lynn and Jered Weaver will, hopefully, make this a good pitching duel.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Wimbledon has been insane so far. Incredible upsets with Federer, Nadal, and Sharapova going down early. Yesterday had, in my opinion, the craziest upset of all of them. Serena Williams lost in the fourth round to Sabine Lisicki. I don’t know much about tennis, but I know Serena is a man among women. I am stunned she lost because she is such a beast. Djokovic should win the men’s title, but the women’s is a toss up.

Fantasy football season is on the horizon. I am excited to start playing again, so I have already started to do a mock draft or two. I will be posting a draft I did with why I selected each player and what my concerns would be with each pick.

 Greg Danchik

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