Giants closer Brian Wilson will be out for a few days due to an inflamed right elbow. He blew his last save opportunity on Monday night, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 0.2 innings. I wonder if the Giants will trade for a closer before the August 31st trade deadline.
Rays starter David Price shut out the Red Sox on 3 hits and 3 walks over 8 innings yesterday to win his 11th game of the season. He struck out 6 and is now 11-10 with a 3.59 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 164-43 K/BB rate in 175.2 innings. Price has given up just one run in his last two starts, covering 16 innings.
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez went 2-4 with a HR, walk and 2 RBI yesterday and is hitting .297-.340-.513 with 23 HRs and 76 RBIs thus far in 2011. He enters his walk year in 2012 and will be playing for another big contract, but has to stay healthy to do so. He is 17-41 with 3 HRs and 8 RBI in his last 10 games.
Athletics first baseman Brandon Allen is doing his best to make the Diamondbacks look bad for trading him as he has done nothing but rake since he was traded a few weeks ago. He went 1-2 with a triple, walk, run and RBI yesterday and is now hitting .533-.556-.867 with 3 extra base hits and 2 RBI since the trade. For the season, he is hitting .295-.418-.614 with 3 HRs 10 runs and 9 RBI in 44 at bats.
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Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis went 3-4 with a double, HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBI last night, and he is now hitting .287-.338-.408 with 13 HRs, 57 RBI and 9 SBs. In his last 10 games, he is 13-41 with 3 HRs and 11 RBI.
Marlins recently demoted outfielder Logan Morrison had a double and a HR before injuring his groin last night in his second game playing for AAA New Orleans. The severity of the injury is yet to be determined, but he should be back in early September should the injury not be serious.
Alex Rodriguez will rejoin the Yankees tomorrow but will not be activated until this weekend as he recovers from a knee injury. The Yankees are taking it slow with which makes sense, because they don't want to activate him and see him re-injure his knee again.
Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldscmidt went 1-2 with a walk, HR and 2 RBI last night against the Phillies and Cliff Lee. He is now hitting .273-.333-.523 with 3 HRs, 7 runs and 9 RBI in 44 at bats. He appears to be settling in nicely in the Diamondbacks lineup, as he batted 5th last night, and it is probably just a matter of time before he is batting cleanup behind Justin Upton.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer went 1-5 with a double and a run scored and is now hitting .281-.346-.340 with just 12 extra base hits in 235 at bats this season. He will drop in catcher rankings for 2012 and could prove to be a bargain depending on where he is drafted.
Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig had a big game last night as he went 4-5 with 2 HRs, 2 runs and 3 RBI. In his injury filled season, he is hitting .331-.393-.554 with 6 HRs, 18 runs and 23 RBI in 121 at bats. i wonder what he could do with 500 at bats in 2012? Could he go 25-90 next year, assuming he can stay healthy?
indians catcher Carlos Santana went 2-4 with a run scored and is having a solid month of August as he is hitting ,278-.333-.519 with 3 HRs, 13 RBI and 9 runs scored in 54 at bats. For the season, he is hitting .240-.353-.442 with 18 HRs and 60 RBI. He will be in my top 3 catchers for 2012.
Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton likes hitting in Colorado, as he has now homered in all 3 games there this week. He went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI last night, and is now hitting .262-.349-.546 with 29 HRs and 76 RBI thus far. Could he lead the NL in HRs in his first full season in the majors? I own him in a keeper league at $5 this season, but have to give him a long-term contract before the 2012 draft and wonder if I should raise him to $20 or $25. I am leaning toward $20, but am tempted to got to $25.
Brewers starter Zack Greinke is money at home this season, as he is now 9-0 with a 3.15 ERA, per TrueBlueLA. He held the Dodgers to one run in 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 walks and striking out 8. He is now 12-4 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 151-29 K/BB rate in 121.2 innings. He has given up 2 runs or less in his last 8 starts and has now won his last 5 decisions.