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Around the league:
Tigers @ Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) matched Price (see above) for most of the game and kept the Yankees in it. This is Kuroda’s second straight quality start but this appears to be his ceiling. Not bad but not a difference maker. Martin Prado (2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, double, HR) seems to be settling into the AL. He blasted his first homer and had his first multi-hit game. He should be fine moving forward. Victor Martinez (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, SB) is mentioned because of the rate SB. Enjoy the bonus. Alex Avila (2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, HR) hit the go ahead homer in the 12th. At this point Avila probably isn’t worth using except in two catcher leagues.
Giants @ Brewers: Jimmy Nelson (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) evened his record at 2-2 with this quality start. He has turned things around a bit with 3 straight quality starts after giving up 6 ER in his second start of the year. He appears to be worth using down the stretch. Carlos Gomez (2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, K, HR) hopefully breaks out of his mini slump with this game. I think it’s safe to say last year was no fluke and he is a top 15 player in fake baseball. Pablo Sandoval (1-3, 1 R, 3 RBI, BB, HR) launched his 13th bomb of the year and had his second straight 3 RBI game. He has moved into the top 10 for fake baseball third basemen on the year.
Reds @ Indians: As I said yesterday, Jay Bruce (3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, HR) is heating up. His knee is feeling better and with that the power should come around heading down the stretch. Take a chance on him if you need some power. Todd Frazier (1-4, 2 R) hasn’t had a homer in 15 games and has slowed on his stolen base pace as well. If you were able to sell high earlier hopefully you got a good haul. It looks like he is settling into his usual self.
Mets @ Nationals: Zack Wheeler (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) was able to weather the wildness and pick up the win and quality start. That’s seven straight for those counting at home. He has turned a corner and seems to be the pitcher he was hyped to be to start the season. Daniel Murphy (3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, BB, triple) continues his nice start to August with three more hits. David Wright (1-5, 1 RBI, K, SB) hasn’t had a multi-hit game since July 25th. It could be his shoulder issues but he has continued to disappoint this year.
Rangers @ White Sox: Shin-Soo Choo (2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, K, double, HR) may be showing some signs of life. He homered and has hits in two straight games. You probably have to take a chance with him if you got him but it looks ugly at this point. J.P. Arencibia (3-5, 1 R, 4 RBI, BB, double, HR) has the potential for huge games but he also puts up stinkers. If you are desperate and need a huge upside he may be your guy. Just beware of the downside. John Danks (4.2 IP, 8 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) had an unforgettable night. When Adam Dunn finishes one of your starts on the mound you know you didn’t fare well. Robinson Chirinos (3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, K, 2 HR) had a career night. I guess he likes hitting against John Danks.
Rays @ A’s: Jason Hammel (5.2 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) picked up his first win for the A’s despite not pitching very well. The transition has been a struggle for Hammel. Josh Reddick (2-3, 1 RBI, CS) continues his nice hot streak. He has been streaky his whole career so it is probably a good time to ride the streak for awhile. Sam Fuld (1-4, 2 K, SB) stole another base. I am telling you that if you need steals pick him up. Drew Smyly (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) wasn’t bad in his debut with the Rays. He wasn’t good either and took the loss. Much different than David Price.
Angels @ Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) wasn’t his usual dominating self but he settled down and pitched well enough to get the win until his bullpen blew it. Juan Uribe (2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, K, HR) was the hitting star for the Dodgers with his 6th homer on the year. Albert Pujols (2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, BB, double, HR) went deep for his 21st. This has been a nice bounce back season for Pujols showing that he might not quite be done.
Astros @ Phillies: Was this a pitcher’s duel or a hitting nightmare? Tough to tell with these two teams. Dallas Keuchel (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and Kyle Kendrick (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) almost had identical box scores in this one. In fact in 15 innings the Astros did not collect a single extra base hit and the Phillies only had one – Ryan Howard (2-6, 1 R, 2 RBI, K, HR) hit a homer. Jose Altuve (1-6, K, SB) did steal his 44th so I guess there is that. Let’s just move on.
Marlins @ Pirates: Charlie Morton (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) was in line for the win until the bullpen blew that. Starling Marte (1-4, 1 R, K) was activated from the concussion DL and seems to be ok. Marcell Ozuna (1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, BB, double) continues his better than expected yet not very good year. He is just blah. Gregory Polanco (1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, SB) is up to 9 steals but has fallen off at the plate. Another example that you shouldn’t get too excited for the rookie of the moment in redraft leagues because they all (unless you are Mike Trout) fall back to earth at some point.
Orioles @ Blue Jays: We had a Chris Davis (1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K, HR) sighting. He hit his first homer in about eight games. He is just striking out too much and was hitting seventh in the lineup. Nelson Cruz (1-3, 2 RBI, BB, K) has also slowed and doesn’t have a homer since July 25th. Colby Rasmus (1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, HR) hit his 15th homer but also struck out twice. Only the desperate should apply. Brett Lawrie (1-1) returned to the lineup but then had to leave early due to back tightness. That’s just not a good sign.
Padres @ Twins: Phil Hughes (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) with a stellar outing even if it was against the punchless Padres. Kennys Vargas (1-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, HR, K) is making a name for himself with the Twins. Since being called up he has a hit in every game (4 games) while going 6-18 with 4 runs, 7 RBI’s, double, and homer. I am not sure it will last but for now he might be worth a week or two while the streak continues. Will Venable (2-4) extended his hit streak to six games with multiple hits in five of those six. Probably not worth your time at this point but if you are desperate you might ride the streak.
Red Sox @ Cardinals: Lance Lynn (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) pitched well enough to win but Rubby De La Rosa (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) was just as good. Lynn is nearing a must start status as he has an ERA of 2.89 and a WHIP of 1.28. Trevor Rosenthall picked up his 35th save. Yoenis Cespedes (3-4, 1 R, triple) has gone 4-11 with 3 runs scored since the trade to the Sox. He hasn’t hit a homer yet but they will come. Brock Holt (0-4, 3 K) broke a three game hit streak and has slowed as of late.
Cubs @ Rockies: The much anticipated debut of Javier Baez (1-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, HR) and he didn’t really disappoint even though he only got one hit. It happened to be a 406’ blast for the game winning homer in the top of the 12th inning. On the down side he did strike out three times up to that point. I doubt he is available in any leagues at this point but if he is you might as well pick him up and see what happens. Travis Wood (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) finally got another quality start. It had only been six games since his last one. He has been awful this year. Nolan Arenado (3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR) was removed from the game after getting hit in the leg by the ball. He should be fine.
Royals @ Diamondbacks: Danny Duffy (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) finally got some run support as the Royals had been giving him a league worst 2.34 runs per game in his starts. Duffy hasn’t given up more than one run over his last five starts and was finally rewarded with some offense. He has pitched much better than his 6-10 record shows. Salvador Perez (3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, K, HR) launched his 13th homer of the year. Perez is finally staying healthy and he is living up to his potential. He is a top 10 catcher at this point and could be nearing top 5. Billy Butler (4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, K, double, HR) hasn’t been hitting for power with this being only his 6th homer but he will continue to play at 1B with Hosmer being out and he is still hitting for a decent average. Mark Trumbo (2-3, 1 RBI, BB, double) was about the only bright spot for the D-backs and he will have to continue to hit since Goldschmidt is most likely done for the year.
Braves @ Mariners: Felix Hernandez (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) continues to show why he is one of the best in the game and picked up his 12th win. Fernando Rodney nailed down his 31st save – although he did give up a run. Alex Wood (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) wasn’t helped by his defense (3 unearned runs) but he didn’t help himself his the 4 walks either. He should be better next time out against the Nationals. Emilio Bonifacio (1-4, SB) hasn’t torn it up since he moved over to Atlanta as he only has two hits in 8 at bats. Although he does have two steals.
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