LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBIs on Saturday, and for the season is hitting .285-.341-.468 with 11 HRs, 35 RBIs and 4 SBs. Encarnacion has now played 16 games at first base this season.
Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero out-dueled Angels starter Jered Weaver as he held the Angels to just one run on 2 hits, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts to win his 11th game of the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.87 and his WHIP to 1.14. He has given up 2 runs or less in 7 of his last 10 starts, and in 16 of his 24 starts this season.
Yankees DH Jorge Posada went 3-5 with a HR and 6 RBIs yesterday. Posada has struggled at the plate this season as he is hitting just .237-.314-.387 with 10 HRs and 37 RBIs. This will be Posada's last season in pinstripes, but I wonder if he will retire or try to catch on with another team next season.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes turned in another solid start yesterday, holding the Rays to 2 runs on 4 hits, a walk and 6 strikeouts. He has given up 2 runs or less in 5 of his last 6 starts, lowering his ERA from 10.57 to 6.55. I would roster Hughes in deep AL-only and mixed leagues.
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Athetics second baseman Jemile Weeks went 3-4 with a SB yesterday and is hitting .292-.320-.408 with 13 SBs in 19 attempts in 230+ at bats in the majors this season. Weeks never stole more than 16 bases in the minors, but appears to be a slam dunk to steal 20+ this season. He could be a 30+ base stealer in 2012 if he can stay in the A's lineup.
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-3 with a HR, 3 RBIs and a SB last night, and for the season he is hitting .292-.351-.492 with 20 HRs, 71 RBIs and 16 SBs. He is on pace for a 28-98-22 season at the plate after never having hit more than 8 HRs or stolen more than 9 bases in any one season, minors or majors. Heading into 2012 fantasy drafts, owners will have to decide whether this season is a fluke or if this is what we can expect from Cabrera going forward.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2-4 with a HR and 4 RBIs last night, and for the season he is hitting just .257-.344-.495 with 26 HRs and 95 RBIs. He is on pace for a 35-129 season, but may come short of that should the Phillies decide to sit some of their starters in late September since they have such a big lead in the NL East. Baseball-Reference gives readers a stat that covers the last 365 days for each player, and Howard is hitting just .249-.343-.477 with 33 HRs and 118 RBIs. Is that what fantasy owners should expect from Howard going forward?
White Sox outfielder Juan Pierre went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and a SB last night, and is hitting .285-.340-.337 with a HRS, 33 RBIs and just 20 SBs in 33 attempts. Fantasy owners expected 50+ SBs from Pierre this season, and he has certainly lost a step on the basepaths as he isn't running as much this season, and is getting thrown out at the highest rate of his career. Pierre is a late round pick in 2012 because if he isn't stealing 35+ bases, he has little value to fantasy owners.
The Mariners placed first baseman Justin Smoak on the DL with broken nose on Saturday. He suffered the injury on Friday night. Smoak has struggled in his first full big league season, hitting .220-.317-.387 with 12 HRs and 44 RBIs and a decent 85-50 K/BB rate in 354 at bats. He could be a sleeper in 2012.
Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs last night and is now hitting .249-.344-.343 with 5 HRs, 26 RBIs in 213 at bats. He will more than likely back up catching prospect Devin Mesoraco next season.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum shutout the Marlins for 7 innings last night, giving up just 2 hits, walking 3 and striking out 10 to win his 11th game of the season. Lincecum lowered his ERA to 2.58, his WHIP to 1.15 and owns a 175-63 K/BB rate, and is on pace to walk more batters than he has in any other season in his career.
Marlins starter Javier Vazquez gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts last night vs the Giants. He has turned his season around of late, as he has given up 2 runs or less in 7 of his last 10 starts, and has lowered his ERA from 6.37 to 4.68, and owns a solid 104-44 K/BB rate in 134.2 innings pitched.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw held the Astros to one run on 6 hits, a walk and 9 strikeouts last night to win his 14th game of the season. He is now 14-5 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and a 193-46 K/BB rate in 175.2 innings pitched. He is a candidate for the NL Cy Young award, but will have a tough time garnering more votes than Phillies starter Roy Halladay.