Even when you're a fan of one specific Major League Baseball team, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the news that surrounds your favorite club on a daily basis.
So how is it when you're a fantasy baseball owner and you have to multiply that effort by 30 in order to be as up-to-date as possible on each and every club? It's a fool's errand that borders on the impossible.
Fear not! We'll be here each and every Monday to give you a snapshot of what's going on in the world of baseball, with one fantasy takeaway from each of the league's 30 teams. Think of this as your one-stop shop for the week ahead.
Here are the takeaways after the first full week of the 2017 season:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Jeremy Hazelbaker started in center field for the Diamondbacks on Saturday in lieu of A.J. Pollock. Daniel Descalso started in left on Sunday, with Yasmany Tomas getting a breather. Daily fantasy players need to be wary of more of these "unexpected" days off for Torey Lovullo's starters going forward, especially in the outfield: "We want to make sure everybody is strong in August and September, when hopefully we're playing some really meaningful games and they're full speed ahead."
Atlanta Braves: After one week of action, it's clear that there's a fairly even time-share going on behind the plate in Atlanta. Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki have both started three games at catcher, and though Suzuki is likely to be knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's personal backstop, overall a 50-50 split should be expected going forward. "They are going to do a two-man job here," manager Brian Snitker said. "There is plenty [of work] for both of those guys right now. Neither of them guys are 23 years old ... I think we will get some good production by keeping them both fresh."
Baltimore Orioles: Part of the reason the Orioles have started the season so strongly is the strength of their bullpen, particularly Brad Brach and Zach Britton, who combined for nine perfect innings while appearing in each of the team's first four games -- all wins. Of course, no reliever is going to appear in all 162 games, so manager Buck Showalter turned to the rest of his staff with a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning Sunday. The result? Five earned runs and the Orioles' first defeat. Showalter won't put too much stock in one game, but even he noted that "it takes some strong constitution not to use [Brach and Britton]" with a win on the line.
Boston Red Sox: Although the first week of the season was marked by a flu bug that ran through the team's clubhouse and kept expected starters such as Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez sidelined, for the most part, it appears that the virus has run its course. Now the concern shifts to Jackie Bradley Jr., who stumbled on the basepath Saturday and sprained a ligament in his right knee. Bradley doesn't think he'll need a DL stint, but he will visit a specialist on Monday to better evaluate the injury. Chris Young and Steve Selsky will get some extra playing time until Bradley can return.
Chicago Cubs: Normally, we preach not getting too excited about a hitter having a solid week of at-bats, but in the case of Jason Heyward, we'll allow his owners a little leeway. Heyward has gone 7-for-21 to start 2017. Considering his batting average never rose above .260 all of the past season, that .333 might as well be 1.000. Heyward's new approach appears to be working: "I'm relaxed up there, not thinking a whole lot. I'm really trying to focus on what the pitcher's going to do, how they're going to attack you, that kind of stuff, and not thinking about the swing or anything like that, which is where you need to be as a hitter."
Chicago White Sox: Chris Sale is now in Boston, but his replacement as White Sox ace might not be too far away. On Saturday, in his first start at Double-A, Michael Kopech struck out 10 batters in 4 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, at the Triple-A level, Yoan Moncada is slugging .550 in his first four games of the season. The White Sox aren't going to start the clocks on either of these two before they have to, but with every passing day, their arrivals are getting closer.
Cincinnati Reds: Devin Mesoraco began the season on the 10-day DL but is progressing nicely as he attempts to make his way back from multiple 2016 surgeries. The catcher hit a home run Saturday and is set to be behind the plate for a full nine innings today in Double-A. As soon as he can work three complete consecutive games without feeling too banged up afterward, he'll be back in Cincinnati. If all goes well, that could happen as early as the end of next week.
Cleveland Indians: Corey Kluber has a 5.25 ERA after two starts, which is certainly not what fantasy owners expected from a guy with a 22.8 ADP. Manager Terry Francona, though, isn't concerned at all, as he believes his ace has been fine: "He was actually pretty good. Not only is he a good pitcher, but he knows how to pitch maybe even not on his best day." Kluber had a blister issue on Opening Day but managed to throw a quality start in Sunday's loss, even as he fought through lower back tightness.
Colorado Rockies: Yes, it's early, but the Rockies have a BB/K rate of 0.37, the same as last season, when the team finished tied for 20th in that category. Manager Bud Black wants that to change. "You look at the great hitters of all time -- they take their walks," Bud Black said. "Their pitch recognition, their control of the strike zone, is something that makes them very good hitters." He credits Nolan Arenado's hot start to a more disciplined approach at the plate and adds, "Now we need a few other guys to jump on board with that."
Detroit Tigers: With his first-inning single Sunday, Miguel Cabrera ended an 0-for-12 start to the season. Cabrera has actually had poor (by his standards) Aprils in two of the past three years, hitting .277 in 2014 and .270 in 2016. So while there's no need to panic, a .315 season at the plate might be more in the cards than a .340 season. What's scary for the AL Central, though, is that the Tigers are tops in the American League with a .455 slugging percentage without any help from Miggy.
Houston Astros: Collin McHugh's rehab assignment ended after one inning this past week, when he experienced tightness in his arm. Subsequent testing came up with a diagnosis of a posterior impingement of his right elbow. The team is hoping McHugh can avoid surgery and will shut him down for six weeks and then reassess. As general manager Jeff Luhnow put it, "It will be resolved. It's just a matter of what the path is and how long it takes ... hopefully we'll have him back out there before the end of the first half and he'll help us down the stretch."
Kansas City Royals: Catcher Salvador Perez has homered in four consecutive games -- all solo shots -- and is currently tied with George Springer for the league lead. You'd have to go back to Mike Sweeney's five consecutive games with a home run in 2002 for a longer Royals streak. Perhaps more important than the power, though, is that Perez's .292 batting average thus far matches his 2013 season average. He hasn't topped .260 in a full season since.
Los Angeles Angels: Matt Shoemaker has not been good. In his two starts, he has allowed three home runs, walked five batters, hit a pair and allowed a grand total of eight earned runs in just 9 1/3 innings. Still, manager Mike Scioscia is optimistic: "Obviously, they had a lot of traffic on the bases. He put on a lot of guys. He hit a couple guys, walked a couple guys. I don't think he ever got in his groove. It wasn't his day. He'll be better." Plus, perhaps one could forgive Shoemaker for not being 100 percent focused on the task at hand Sunday against the Mariners, given the line drive he took off the head the previous time he faced them.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Alex Wood is slated to start for the Dodgers on Monday instead of Rich Hill. Hill was placed on the 10-day DL with a blister on his pitching hand, something that has been a recurring problem for the starter. Hill plans to miss only the one start this time around, but there might be similar precautionary absences throughout the season. At some point, manager Dave Roberts will almost certainly turn to Julio Urias as the fill-in starter, but he has yet to work his pitch count up enough to get a promotion.
Miami Marlins: Adeiny Hechavarria has been placed on the 10-day DL with a strained left oblique. Manager Don Mattingly was not all that optimistic about a quick recovery for his shortstop: "These things traditionally aren't a day. They're usually a couple of weeks. We'll see." The Marlins called up J.T. Riddle and plan to use him at shortstop, with Miguel Rojas moving around the infield. Riddle was 6-for-14 in his first three games at Triple-A this season.
Milwaukee Brewers: Both Ryan Braun and Keon Broxton were in the Milwaukee lineup Sunday, and it was the first time that had happened in five games. Braun has been dealing with some back stiffness, and Broxton was dealing with the effects of getting hit in the head with a pitch. "We're very fortunate, and it's remarkable," manager Craig Counsell said of Broxton's hasty return to action. With the DH in place for a pair of games in Toronto, though, expect Counsell to use that spot to give one or both of the pair a defensive breather to start Week 2.
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier hit a career-best 42 home runs last season. This season, he has yet to hit his first, but that doesn't bother the second baseman because in 2017 it's all about the steals. Pledging a concerted effort to swipe more bags and with the blessing of manager Paul Molitor, Dozier is already 3-for-3 in steals. "It's all calculated," Dozier said. "But I'm going to take more chances. No one is going to out-prepare me before I take off. If I get thrown out being wise, I'm OK with that."
New York Mets: Michael Conforto started Sunday for the first time this season and promptly rewarded manager Terry Collins with his first home run of 2017. That said, there still doesn't seem to be much of a window to more playing time for the outfielder. "Who am I going to sit?" Collins lamented, acknowledging that his starting outfield will remain Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce. Conforto might not be on the Mets by the end of this week, as Juan Lagares is due to be activated from the disabled list, and a demotion to Triple-A, so Conforto can get consistent at-bats, seems likely.
New York Yankees: Catcher Gary Sanchez was placed on the 10-day DL after he strained his right biceps swinging the bat in the fifth inning Sunday. Joe Girardi did not sound all that optimistic for a quick recovery. "When you're talking about the throwing arm, and you see a guy come out of the game like that and hold it like that, you're really concerned," he said. "It's not what you want to see." For now, Austin Romine will handle primary backstop duties, with Kyle Higashioka getting the call from Triple-A to serve as backup.
Oakland Athletics: Manager Bob Melvin did not immediately kick Raul Alcantara out of his rotation following his disastrous Friday outing. Alcantara faced just 14 batters and allowed eight of those runners to cross the plate in two innings of lackluster work. After a few days to mull it over, though, Melvin has decided to move Alcantara to the bullpen and let Jesse Hahn take over the No. 5 spot in his rotation, starting Thursday in Kansas City. "Now one start and out of the rotation, that's kind of difficult," Melvin said. "But with us, these things often flip around. We're trying to play a hot hand."
Philadelphia Phillies: It's one thing for a manager to be noncommittal in regard to whether his closer is about to be yanked from his job. It's another for a manager to tell reporters, "I'm going to have a talk with him tomorrow. I'll have something for you tomorrow. I need to talk with him." That certainly makes it sound like Pete Mackanin is planning to remove Jeanmar Gomez from ninth-inning duties, and given his 15.00 ERA in three outings, it's not a shock, either. Editor's note: Mackanin announced Monday afternoon that Joaquin Benoit will get the next save chance for the Phillies.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Adam Frazier is batting .353 on the season and has had hits in all four of his starts. He has also played three different positions (2B, 3B, LF) and is making it very hard for manager Clint Hurdle to keep him out of the lineup. Technically, David Freese is the team's starting third baseman in the wake of Jung Ho Kang's unavailability. However, as general manager Neal Huntington noted, if Hurdle wants to use Frazier more, he can always use him at second and slide Josh Harrison to third: "Clint's going to look at the information, follow where he thinks it's a good matchup and utilize those guys as effectively as he can."
St. Louis Cardinals: After a very successful simulated game Saturday, the Cardinals determined that Trevor Rosenthal did not need any appearances in the minors before returning to the mound. As a result, the team has activated the reliever from the 10-day disabled list. His return will be quite welcome, as the St. Louis bullpen has a collective ERA of 6.75 this season, with six home runs allowed in six games. Rosenthal won't replace Seung-Hwan Oh as closer, but he could well become a key setup man right out of the gate.
San Diego Padres: Entering play Monday, the Padres have yet to get a base hit from any of their catchers. The primary culprit is Austin Hedges, who is 0-for-18 with six strikeouts. He's likely to continue to play the majority of the time, though, as backup Hector Sanchez (0-for-3) is currently on the 7-day concussion list after he had to leave Friday's game due to his taking a foul tip off the mask. Luis Torrens (0-for-2) is the team's only other option right now. These are your 2017 Padres, folks.
San Francisco Giants: Melvin Upton Jr. will undergo a physical Tuesday, and if everything checks out, the veteran outfielder will officially be signed to a minor-league deal by the Giants. Left field has been an offensive black hole for San Francisco so far this season, as Chris Marrero's single Sunday was the first base hit (1-for-27, 12 Ks) by any of the four players who've been given a shot by manager Bruce Bochy. It would come as no surprise if Upton is pressed into action as soon as he gets a few games under his belt at Triple-A.
Seattle Mariners: The Mariners will face the hometown fans for the first time in 2017 on the heels of a 1-6 road trip that culminated in their bullpen blowing a 9-3 lead in the ninth. If the team were ever in need of a strong performance from a starting pitcher to get things back on track, it's now, and the man in question is James Paxton. Paxton threw six shutout innings against Houston in his first start, and manager Scott Servais is counting on an encore: "From where he was a year ago to where he is at now, there is that confidence and an ability to shrug things off if he makes a mistake or has an issue during a play. He's just maturing right before our eyes."
Tampa Bay Rays: Last season, Steven Souza Jr. hit .247 for the season, with a K/BB rate of 5.13. That was last year's model. The 2017 Souza is far more patient at the plate (2 K's, 6 BB), and after an 0-for-3 opener, he has ridden a six-game hit streak to a .417 batting average. Credit new hitting coach Chad Mottola, who has urged Souza to ignore his stats and focus on beating the pitcher each time he's at the plate. "Each bat is a single at-bat. If we do that 600 times, everything will come together," Mottola said. So far, the first 24 at-bats have been pretty solid.
Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre was eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list Sunday. He did not. Instead, it was Joey Gallo at third base for the Rangers for the sixth straight game, and he hit his second home run of the season and drove in five runs on the afternoon. With a day off Monday, odds are good that the Rangers will activate Beltre in time for Tuesday's game. The question then becomes what the Rangers will do with Gallo. In addition to the occasional spelling of Beltre, Gallo could DH, play in left field or get the nod at first base. Odds are good that he will play somewhere.
Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson had to leave Sunday's game after suffering some right calf tightness while attempting to turn an infield grounder into a hit. As the third baseman missed time this spring with a similar injury, there was a lot of concern coming from the Toronto clubhouse. However, Donaldson expressed confidence that he would be fine: "I'm not worried about it. Honestly, I think it's very realistic that I will be ready for the home opener." Let's hope he's right in his assessment. After losing five of their first six games, the last thing the Blue Jays need is to lose Donaldson too.
Washington Nationals: "I don't think I tore it or pulled it or anything. I'm not limping or anything like that, so it's just a matter of giving it some rest, and hopefully in a few days it'll feel good." Those are the words of shortstop Trea Turner, who had to leave Saturday's game in the first inning after an injured hamstring wouldn't allow him to score from second base on an outfield single. Stephen Drew filled in for Turner on Sunday and will presumably continue to do so, but it's a bit unclear exactly how long Drew's temp job will have to last.