There was a huge trade in one of my NL-only keeper leagues last night. The deal involved 20 players and the best player involved in the deal was Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. I have never seen a trade that large.
Rockies outfielder Seth Smith went 3-4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs last night, hitting the game winning HR off of Indians closer Chris Perez. Smith is hitting .316-.370-.555 with 8 HRs and 32 RBIs. He is 13-34 in his last 10 games with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs.
More Roundup after the jump:
We haven't heard from Indians shortstop Asdrbal Cabrera lately, but he is still hitting well. He is hitting .296-.346-.498 with 12 HRs, 43 RBIs and 12 SBs. He should sit somewhere in the top 2-3 in my shortstop rankings.
Speaking of shortstops, the #1 shortstop coming into the season was Hanley Ramirez. Hanley hasn't made fantasy owners too happy this season. Well, he might have had one of his better games of the year last night, going 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a SB batting in the cleanup spot. Fantasy owners are looking for a hot streak from Hanley, and Jack McKeon is looking to spin more magic in Miami.
There were plenty of fantasy writers pushing James McDonald as a sleeper this year, but I wasn't buying it. I had watched him pitch a handful of times with the Dodgers, and saw an inconsistent pitcher, who is probably more suited for the bullpen. Last night, he gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in 4+ innings. He is 5-4 with a 4.86 ERA and 1.62 WHIP with a horrible 62-42 K/BB rate in almost 80 innings.
For the Shaun Marcum owners out there, he will make his scheduled start tonight against Tampa. If he is truly healthy, he should be a solid start.
Padres rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1-5 with a run scored and an RBI last night. Before the game, manager Bud Black confirmed that he would stay in the lineup despite his early struggles. He's hitting just .167-.333-.389 with 5 extra base hits and a 13-8 K/BB rate.
Seattle rookie second baseman Dustin Ackley batted 5th last night and went 1-4 with 2 RBIs. He is hitting .267-.267-.600 since his callup. Where are the walks and where did the power come from?
Braves rookie starter Mike Minor held the Blue Jays to one run in 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, a walk and striking out 8. He was sent down to AAA after the game as the Braves won't need a 5th starter until Tommy Hanson returns from the DL. ESPN's Keith Law opined that Minor could be trade bait with all the pitching prospects in the Braves farm system.
Athletics rookie second baseman Jemile Weeks had a great game last night, going 1-3 with 2 walks, 3 runs scored and 2 SBs. Weeks was recently called up by the A's and is now hitting .362-.400-.574 with 10 runs scored and 4 SBs in his 47 at bats. He is rosterable in mixed and AL-only leagues while he is hot and playing everyday.
Mets outfielder Jason Bay went 3-3 with 2 RBIs last night, and has seen his BA rise from .207 to .236 in his last 10 games, where he is 12-37 with just 2 extra base hits and 5 RBIs. Do we see a big second half bounce back from him? I can see it happening, as he is a buy lower than low candidate, if there was such a thing.
Astros outfielder Michael Bourn is rumored to be a target of the Braves, and he went 3-5 with 2 runs, 2 RBIs and 2 SBs last night vs the Rangers. Bourn is now hitting .285-.355-.395 with 49 runs scored and 32 SBs. I am trying to trade for Bourn in one of my NL-only redraft leagues, but the owner, who need power, won't take Alfonso Soriano for him. He countered with Chris Young. I can't do that, can I?
Rangers DH Michael Young went 3-5 with a HR and a ribbie last night, and is hitting . 312-.350-.442 with just 4 HRs but a solid 46 RBIs. Where did Young's power go? He hit 21 HRs last year, and has hit 20+ HR 4 times in his career, but I don't think we see more the 12-13 from Young this year. He will provide a solid BA and RBIs, but the power is down this year.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 0-3 with a walk and 2 SBs last night and has already achieved a 20 HR-20 SB season, and we aren't in July yet. He is hitting .321-.411-.608 with 20 HRs, 57 RBIs and 20 SBs.