This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
We've nearly made it, somehow. While last week added apocalyptically bad air quality to the depressingly long list of reasons that games have been postponed this year, it does appear that the season will indeed be completed, barring some unforeseen tragedy over the final seven days. I have to admit that I wasn't always convinced that we'd make it, especially when the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak occurred on the very first weekend of the year.
The league and players have managed to navigate through the challenges, and, gimmicky extra-innings rules aside, it's been a great way to pass the last two months. I'm grateful that my leagues generally elected to go forward despite the initial apprehension. My teams had a bit too much Justin Verlander and Christian Yelich on them, so I've had my eye on next season recently, but it's been refreshing just to be playing fantasy baseball again, nonetheless.
This week's Risers section is full of younger players who appear to be reaching new levels lately (or in some cases, since the start of the season). Next year will be perhaps the most difficult draft season ever as we wrestle with what to do with these sorts of players. We know not to overreact to hot streaks, but we certainly have to adjust our evaluations of players by a fair amount if that "hot streak" lasted the entirety of a season and was backed up by strong peripherals. There will be plenty of time to discuss that over the