Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 3-6 with a HR, 2 runs and 4 RBIs yesterday and is now hitting .243-.329-.471 with 11 HRs, 41 RBIs and a SB in just 210 at bats. As long as his foot doesn't bother him at the plate, Longoria should raise his triple slash line.
Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBIs yesterday, and is hitting .294-.366-.480 with 13 HRs and 40 RBIs this season. He has been the Twins best hitter and could be traded should the Twins decide they will not compete for the division or wild card.
ESPN's Adam Rubin reported late last night that the Mets will place shortstop Jose Reyes on the DL today per fhe following tweet:
@AdamRubinESPN Sources: Jose Reyes likely to be placed on DL Thursday, Nick Evans en route to L.A.
The move makes sense as there is no sense in rushing him and taking the risk that he suffers a more serious hamstring injury.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has been a breath of fresh air this season, as he is the poster child for failing prospects turning their persistence into success. He went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and is hitting .296-.363-.479 with 10 HRs, 46 RBIs, 49 runs and 5 SBs. In his last 10 games, he is 13-38 with a HR, 3 RBIs and 6 runs scored.
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Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo held the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 innings yesterday to win his 10th game of the season. He gave up just 5 base runners in his 7 innings and struck out 6 in doing so. For the season, he is 10-5 with a 3.76 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a 104-44 K/BB rate in 117.1 innings pitched. He has given up 2 runs or less in 7 of his last 10 starts, and has gone 7+ innings in 6 of those 10 starts.
Athletics starter Guillermo Moscoso shutout the Mariners on 2 hits in 7 innings on Wednesday, where he walked just one and struck out 5. He is now 3-4 with a 2.16 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and a 27-18 K/BB rate in 50+ innings pitched. Do they grow starting pitchers on trees in Oakland?
I haven't had the chance to see Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley play yet, but I will make sure I do soon. Ackley has adjusted well to big league pitching, and his slow start this season appears to be just that. Yesterday, he went 1-3 and is now hitting .302-.367-.566 with 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and a solid 6-6 K/BB rate in 53 major league at bats.
Indians starter Justin Masterson shutout the Yankees for 8 innings last night giving up just 3 hits, 2 walks and striking out 6. Masterson is now 7-6 with an excellent ERA of 2.66, a WHIP of 1.22 and a K/BB rate of 86-38 in 121.2 innings pitched. He has given up 2 runs or less in 8 of his last 10 starts.
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had a big game last night, and his fantasy owners hope this is the start of a nice streak. He went 3-4 with a HR, 2 doubles and 2 RBIs last night. The home run is just his 4th of the season, but I can see a solid second half from Zimmerman assuming he stays healthy.
Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is the subject of trade rumors but that has not stopped him from having his best season of his career. He went 3-5 with 2 runs, a SB, and 2 RBIs last night. He is now hitting .331-.372-.503 with 10 HRs, 59 RBIs and 5 SBs. The Astros are still going to lose with him in the lineup, so why not see what you can get in the trade market for him?
Astros starter Bud Norris held the hot Pirates to just 2 runs in 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 walks and striking out just 3. He is now 5-6 with a solid 3.46 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Norris has an excellent 113-44 K/BB rate in 112 innings pitched thus far.
Indians third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first major league home run last night, and is hitting .267-.290-.467 in his first 30 at bats in the big leagues. He has hits in 7 of his first 8 major league games.
Humbled Fan will be writing the Fantasy All Star Outfield post and I am curious of Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be one of the 3 outfielders he writes about. Ellsbury went 3-5 with a HR, SB and 3 RBIs last night and for the season he is hitting .310-.360-.475 with 10 HRs, 45 RBI and 28 SBs this season. He is on pace to go 19-85-53 this season.
Braves starter Jair Jurrjens has surprised many fantasy owners with the season he is having on the mound. He held the Rockies to one run on 6 hits to win his 12th game of the season. He is now 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 65-25 K/BB rate in 110+ innings pitched.
Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez also appears to be turning around his season as he has done nothing but hit since Jack McKeon put him in the cleanup spot in the lineup. He went 3-5 with a run scored and 2 RBIs last night, and is 13-38 with 3 HRs, 10 RBIs and a 7-4 K/BB rate in his last 10 games.