Levine: Latos, White Sox Bats Rise From The AshesMat Latos registered his first quality start since April 24 as Chicago beat Cleveland, 7-6.
Levine: White Sox Ponder How To Get Mat Latos Back On TrackLatos submitted his fourth straight sub-par start in a loss to Houston on Wednesday.
At Fantasy Baseball Season's Quarter Pole, It's Time To Accept Patterns And TrendsMost teams in MLB have played close to 40 games at this point of the season, meaning the fantasy baseball season is one quarter over. If you've been waiting for that veteran to come around and start hitting, it's time to give up on the dream. If that pitcher still has an ERA way north of five runs per game, you may need to look elsewhere for wins and strikeouts. This is the time of the year when trends become permanent, really. Sticking too long with players headed for bad seasons only can hurt your team.
Levine: Mat Latos Continues Winning WaysLatos has a 0.74 ERA and has been one of baseball's biggest surprises.
Levine: Mat Latos Baffles Hitters, Confounds CriticsAfter an awful spring, Latos is 3-0 with a 0.49 ERA.
Levine: Mat Latos Showcases His Good, Then Too Much Of The BadThe White Sox's likely No. 4 starter, Latos was drilled for five runs in the fifth inning Tuesday.
Staying Loyal To Slumping Players Can Bury Your Fantasy Baseball TeamStaying loyal to slumping players may pan out better for real-life MLB managers than for fantasy owners, so think long and hard about keeping your favorite player in the lineup while he's going through an 0-for-28 slump at the plate. Those at-bats can really hurt your team down the stretch.
Once MLB Trade Deadline Dust Settles, Your Fantasy Roster May Need Some TweaksIt happens every year: A solid productive player on your fantasy baseball roster gets traded to a team that just plans on using him as a backup. If you're lucky, one of your backups is the benefit of such a trade, too. However, every fantasy owner needs to make adjustments after July 31 to make sure their rosters are still competitive and productive. If not, it's a slow crawl to the end of September and sixth place in your league.
Levine: Pitching Is Top Priority For CubsIn the thick of a wild-card race, the Cubs need to make a deal and do it soon.
Baffoe: Rizzo, Cubs At Least Have FightThese aren't just pretty boy prospects the Cubs have amassed. They'll battle you.
Pa. Police: No Charge In Fight Involving Reds Pitcher's Wife Pittsburgh police didn't dispute Twitter claims by the wife of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos that she was punched and had her hair pulled by a fan during the National League wild-card game, but said they consider the matter "closed" and won't file criminal charges.
Cubs Shutout By Reds 2-0 Mat Latos threw eight scoreless innings, and Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-0 win over All-Star Travis Wood and the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.