Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is probably one of the least likely hitters to ever go on a long hitting streak, but he went 3-3 with 2 HRs, 3 runs and 2 RBIs last night and extended his hitting streak to 32 games. Even still, he is only hitting .229-.294-.445 with 26 HRs and 60 RBIs. Everyone predicted a 30 HR season from him this season, but he only had 12 HRs through the month of June, and before his 32 game hitting streak. In his last 10 games, he is 19-43 with 6 HRs and 13 RBIs.
Natuonals starter Stephen Strasburg made his second rehab appearance last night in Low A and dominated for 3 innings, giving up just 2 hits, no walks and striking out 5. I wonder if he will move up to AA for his next rehab start, with a September call up.
Phillies starter Cole Hamels got knocked around for 3 runs on 6 hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings last night vs the Nationals. After the game, he complained of a dead arm and had trouble warming up before the game. I wonder if the Phils will play it conservative with their young starter and skip his next start.
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I made a huge trade in the UBA keeper league last night and part of the deal included me trading a $21 S2 Yovani Gallardo for a $7 0 Ryan Dempster. Taken at face value, it appears I made a bad deal. But if you take out Dempster's horrific April, he has a 3.41 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer went 0-4 last night and is now hitting .284-.351-.344 with 1 HR, 23 RBIs, 27 runs and a 28-21 K/BB rate in 218 at bats. I know he has had injuries this season, but one HR in 200+ at bats? I am very curious where he will be ranked amongst fantasy catchers in 2012. I won't be ranking him high, and will have Brian McCann, Carlos Santana and Alex Avila ahead of him.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia had a start to forget last night as he gave up 5 runs on 10 hits, walked none, struck out 7 and gave up 5....yes 5....home runs last night. He gave up HRs to the likes of Johnny Damon, Casey Kotchman, Elliot Johnson and Kelly Shoppach. None of these guys are known for their power. This start may have hurt Sabathia's chances for the AL Cy Young award, especially with Justin Verlander continuing to dominate.
Angels starter Ervin Santana is on one heck of a streak on the mound. He threw a complete game 7 hitter, giving up just one run, walking 2 and striking out 6. He has thrown complete games in 3 of his last 4 starts, and the other start he went 8.1 innings. In his last 5 starts, covering 43 innings, he has given up just 4 runs, with a 31-7 K/BB rate. On the season, he is 9-8 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 2-4 with a HR and 4 RBIs last night and his HR was the game winner in the 8th inning. For the season, he is hitting .272-.350-.506 with 24 HRs, 73 RBIs and 7 SBs. When is he going to put together that 35 HR-110 RBI season? Bruce is such a streaky hitter, it could be THIS year.
Going into 2012 drafts, if you are looking for stolen bases, be sure to draft some Padres or Royals, as without checking who the league leaders are in stolen bases, they have to be in the top 5 in all of MLB. Yes, the Padres are first and the Royals are third in SBs this season. The Royals stole 5 bases last night with second baseman Johnny Giavotella stealing two bases and Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera and Alcides Escobar stealing one apiece.
Brewers starter Zack Greinke held the Pirates to 2 runs on 6 hits, a walk and 9 strikeouts in 7.2 innings last night and is now 11-4 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He has given up 2 runs or less in 8 of his last 10 starts, with a 73-17 K/BB rate.