Roto Roundup: Trade Candidates Showcased, Billy Butler Homers Again

With another big trade in the books, let's take a look at some of the notes from last night's games.

Jeremy Guthrie had a great start in what could be his last for Baltimore, going 7 innings and allowing 1 earned run. Guthrie has been the subject of a lot of trade rumors in the past few days, and I would be surprised if he doesn't get moved before Monday.

Erik Bedard's start didn't go as well, but it apparently may not affect his trade value. Bedard lasted just 1 1/3 innings, allowing 5 earned runs. I would honestly be shocked if he is with the Mariners after the deadline. 

Jeff Niemann had a great start on the other side of that matchup, striking out 11 through 6+ innings. Niemann's name has been coming up, but I'm not entirely sure why the Rays would want to move him. 

Matt Kemp hit his 25th home run of the season, and had driven in 5 runs by the 6th inning. He's now up to 80 RBI on the year, and is hitting .315. It's pretty clear that he's going to be a top-5 player coming into next year, and I'm curious just how high the ceiling is for the rest of the season.

Chien-Ming Wang made his first start in the Majors in nearly 2 seasons, and while it didn't go great (4 IP, 4 ER, 6 R, 9 BR), it's good to see that he's made it all the way back.

Domonic Brown went 1 for 5 with 2 runs and an RBI last night, right before being unceremoniously sent back to AAA to get regular playing time. I'm inclined to think that he probably should have been playing in place of the struggling Raul Ibanez, but I'm not running the Phillies either.

Edwin Jackson won his first start as a Cardinal, going 7 innings and allowing 1 earned run while striking out 4. He should be very good in the National League, and should be a trade target in your league if you need pitching help.

Rick Porcello had a solid start last night, going 8 innings and striking out 6. Porcello has been mentioned in some of the trade rumors, but I don't think he's likely to be changing teams.

Billy Butler homered twice last night, and now has 4 homers in the last 3 games as well. I like seeing the power coming around for Butler, and I'm wondering if this is the start of a really good streak of power for him.

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