This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
This time last week, teams had played anywhere between 5 and 17 percent of their schedule. One week later, that number is anywhere between 8 and 28 percent, as the Cardinals remain shut down while their coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. There appears to be a good chance the Cardinals won't take the field until Thursday, at which point they will have played 15 fewer games than some teams. What a world.
The unpredictability that comes from not knowing when your players' teams will be shut down for a series or more, combined with the high number of injuries to players who were unable to follow their typical preseason routines has led to a frustrating level of variance this season. As the commissioner of my home league, I'm glad I elected to add a couple extra injured list spots, but I'm already regretting not doing more to account for this strange season. Specifically, switching from weekly to daily lineup changes sure feels like it would have been a good idea any time one of my players sees his entire series wiped out shortly after lineups lock. I'd be curious to hear what other innovations people instituted (or are wishing they'd instituted) for this season, though I sure hope we'll never have the opportunity to put the lessons we're learning this year into practice.
Occasional frustrations aside, it's still been a blessing to have so many MLB games to watch all day every day, and the fantasy season is still on