Today's Roundup will be a short one, as I had got a late start last night. Tomorrow will be back to normal.
Yesterday, Marlins manager Jack McKeon announced that shortstop Hanley Ramirez may be nearing a DL trip Well, do it already!! Fantasy owners have been sitting with Ramirez on their roster doing nothing since August 2nd. Hanley was drafted in the first round of many drafts, and he has severely underperformed the expectations of Marlins fans as well as fantasy owners. Yes, I do own Hanley in one league, and as I told another owner earlier this week-I think Hanley is a second round pick. In NL-only leagues in 2012.
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward did not start last night's game vs the Marlins, sitting in favor of outfielder Jose Costanza, and has started only 2 games in the month of August. Since July 31st, Heyward has just 10 at bats, and ESPN's Keith Law mentioned in a chat last week that his swing is out of wack. Heyward is another hitter who has disappointed fantasy owners, and Braves fans, this season.
Nationals starter Chien-Meng Wang had probably his best start in several years last night, as he shutout the Cubs on just one hit, and two walks, in 6 innings of work last night. Wang, a groundball specialist, induced 12 ground ball outs last night. If he can stay healthy next season, the Nationals rotation will be formidable with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Wang, Brad Peacock and John Lannan.
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Yankees third baseman Eduardo Nunez went 2-3 with a run scored, an RBi and 2 SBs last night, and is hitting .273-.333-.411 with 4 HRs, 26 RBIs, 26 runs and 18 SBs in 23 attempts in just 197 at bats. Will Derek Jeter be relegated to the Yankees bench at this time in 2012 due to Nunez?
Twins top pitching prospect Kyle Gibson was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL and could require Tommy John surgery should his rehab not go as planned. Gibson was ranked by Baseball America as the 34th best prospect in baseball.
Braves left fielder Martin Prado went 4-6 with a walk-off HR and 3 RBIs last night and is now hitting .278-.323-.423 with 11 HRs ,43 RBIs, 50 runs and 4 SBs this season. Prado is not the typical outfielder as he doesn't have a lot of power, and I wonder if the Braves will seek to add some pop in left field in the offseason, with Prado moving to third base.
Rays starter James Shields threw a complete game 6 hit shutout vs the young Royals last night. He walked 3 and struck out 8 to win his 11th game of the season. He is now 11-9 with a 2.80 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 167-48 K/BB rate this season. Shields has cooled off a bit after an excellent first half this season, but is still one of the top starters in the AL.
Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki went 1-5 last night and is only hitting .268-.309-.314 with a HR, 27 RBIs and 29 SBs this season. The 37 year old Suzuki used to be one of the top fantasy outfielders in baseball, but no more. He is a career .327 hitter, so the low BA is a bit of a surprise.