Ervin Santana delivered a big start while Cole Hamels struggled in crunch time. Ben Zobrist continues to shine during his breakout campaign. Matt Wieters is showing signs of how good he could be. Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games:
- Gordon Beckham has a hitting streak and RBI streak of four games after going 2-5 with 3 RBI and 1 R. Over the streak he’s gone 6-14 with 1 HR, 7 RBI and 4 R. He hasn’t been spectacular this season, but at .272 with 14 HR and 63 RBI in 364 AB, he’s shown promise. He’s not going to be a top 3B option heading into 2010, but he’s going to be worth considering.
- John Danks bounced back nicely after giving up 7 runs over 6 innings his last time out. He went the distance allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 7, to improve to 13-10 on the season.
- Andy LaRoche was clearly the offensive player of the day, going 5-5 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 4 R against the Dodgers. He’s now on a 5-game hitting streak. Today’s explosion may have been a little bit of an aberration, as it is only the second time all season where he has had three or more RBI in a game. Of course, he does have 9 RBI over his last three games, so he clearly is on fire and could prove to be useful in deeper formats if you need a player over the final week. Remember, with the Pirates having a double-header tomorrow, he’s going to get the opportunity for a big week.
- Zach Duke has been rather inconsistent of late, trading good and bad starts. Yesterday was a good one, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6, over 8.2 innings to get the win.
- Nelson Figueroa was solid for the second straight start, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5, over 6 innings, but it once again wasn’t enough as he fell to 2-8 on the season. The big mistake was against Mike Morse (3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI & 1 R, his third straight game with a HR). It’ll be interesting to see if the Mets give Figueroa the final start of the season, or if they bring back Mike Pelfrey, so stay tuned if your desperate.
- The Braves are just not going away in the Wild Card race, with Jair Jurrjens putting the team on his back and bringing them within 2 games of the Rockies. He tossed 7 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3, to improve to 14-10 with a 2.61 ERA. That gives him wins in his last four starts, allowing just 2 earned runs over 29 innings.
- Fantasy owners were looking for Cole Hamels to put up a gem, instead they got a complete dud. He allowed 6 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5, over 6.2 innings to even his record at 10-10 with a 4.25 ERA. There was talk of the Phillies holding Hamels out of his next start in order to use him in Game 1 of the NLDS, but after a performance like this does anyone really believe that?
- Miguel Tejada had a big day, going 4-5 with 1 RBI and 3 R. He’s now on a 15-game hitting streak, going 25-57 with 3 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R and 1 SB.
- Luke Huchevar allowed 8 runs on 12 hits and 2 walks, striking out 2, over 6 innings to see his ERA rise to 6.24 on the season. For all the greatness he had shown at Triple-A this season, it appears that it is just more of the same in the majors. He’s given up 5 earned runs or more in five of his last six starts.
- Mark Teixeira got the day off, so it was Robinson Cano batting third and he delivered. He went 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R, putting him at .322 with 25 HR and 84 RBI on the season. That puts him among the best 2B in the game and it will be interesting to see where he falls in our 2010 rankings.
- Just how good has Ben Zobrist been this season? He went 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 2 R, putting him at .289 with 25 HR, 84 RBI, 86 R and 16 SB. He will certainly be eligible at 2B and OF for 2010 and, depending on your league format, could also be eligible at SS. That type of flexibility with that type of bat is going to make him one of the more valuable players next season. He’s had RBI in four straight games, going 5-15 with 1 HR, 7 RBI and 2 R.
- Matt Wieters went 3-4 with 1 RBI, raising his average to .292. I know he’s hurt you this season, but everyone should be taking notice of his recent hot streak.
- Michael Bowden made an emergency start for the Red Sox, after Josh Beckett was unable to take the mound due to back spasms. Bowden struggled, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3, over 3 innings. Beckett owners need to be paying close attention, as it is unknown if he will be able to make another regular season start or not.
- How about Jose Bautista? An afterthought for much of the season, he has been raking of late. He went 2-5 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R. He has four game hitting, R and RBI streaks, going 7-18 with 2 HR, 7 RBI and 4 R. In his last eight games he’s gone 12-37 with 2 HR, 9 RBI and 8 R.
- The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West on the back of Ervin Santana, who tossed a complete game shutout. He allowed 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 2. He’s had his struggles at times this season and had gone winless in his previous six starts. This start puts him at 8-8 with a 5.10 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, but he certainly came through for fantasy owners when they needed it most.
What do you think? What was your biggest story from yesterday? Did I miss anything?
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