NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers steals second base in the sixth inning ahead of the tag from Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 21, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Brewers defeated the Mets 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton was hit by a Jordan Zimmermann fastball last night and had to leave the game. He was diagnosed with a left elbow bruise and may miss only a few games. Upton is having an MVP-type season at the plate, hitting .298-.370-.544 with 25 HRs, 77 RBIs, 81 runs and 19 SBs this season.
Phillies ace Cole Hamels was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation and MLB.com's Todd Zolecki tweeted that the move was mostly done to rearrange their starting rotation? What? That must be Ruben Amaro-speak there.
Braves fans probably won't be seeing Tommy Hanson pitching anytime soon as he had to cut short a bullpen session yesterday with pain in his right shoulder. This is Hanson's second stint on the DL due to a shoulder injury so his injury might be more serious than what the Braves are publicizing.
Athletics first baseman Brandon Allen went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 2 RBI last night, and is now hitting .394-.432-.758 with 2 HRs and 4 RBI since joining the A's. Allen is 13-33 in his last 10 games and should continue to play regularly for a team that struggles to score runs.
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 3-3 with a run scored last night, and is absolutely on fire lately. In his last 10 games, he is 20-43 with 6 runs scored and 3 extra base hits. He has raised his triple slash line to .295-.356-.381 with just 26 extra base hits and 46 RBIs. He is nothing but a singles hitter now.
Shin-Soo Choo went 2-4 with a game winning 3 run HR yesterday. Choo has been a disappointment this season, as he is hitting .262-.347-.395 with 8 HRs, 36 RBI, 37 runs and 12 SBs. He is 16-43 with 3 HRs, 8 RBI and 7 runs scored in his last 10 games. I think we can chalk this season up as a fluke season for Choo.
Mets starter Jonathan Niese will be placed on the DL with a ribcage injury which could end his season. Niese got knocked around by the Phillies last night, giving up 8 runs on 10 hits, a walk, 2 HRs and 6 strikeouts in 4 innings. If his season is over, he will finish the season with a 11-11 record with a 4.40 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP and a 138-44 K/BB rate in 157+ innings of work.
Phillies outfielder John Mayberry is a name we should watch going into the 2012 season, as he has certainly performed very well this season, and could push the Phillies to deal outfield prospect Domonic Brown should they tire of waiting for him. Mayberry went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBI last night, and is hitting .275-.336-.539 with 12 HRs, 41 RBI, 26 runs and 6 SBs in just 193 at bats. Maybe he is just making the most of his opportunities, but we could see more of him down the stretch should he continue to hit.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun went 2-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs, 2 RBI and 2 SBs and is now hitting .328-.399-.586 with 25 HRs, 85 RBI and 28 SBs now. He is a solid candidate for NL MVP, but I think teammate Prince Fielder may hurt his chances to win it.
Mariners outfield prospect Trayvon Robinson went 4-5 with a double, run and RBI last night and is now hitting .321-.357-.528 with a HR, 7 RBI and a 17-3 K/BB rate in just 53 at bats. Robinson had an excellent season at AAA Albuquerque this season hitting .293-.375-.563 with 26 HRs, 71 RBI and 122 strikeouts in 368 at bats.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters may be a huge sleeper pick in 2012, as he has been hitting better of late. Last night, he went 1-1 with 4 walks, 2 runs and an RBI and is now hitting .263-.326-.414 with 13 HRs, 45 RBI and 53 runs scored this season. I have a feeling we will see his breakout season in 2012.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 2-4 with a HR, 2 runs and 3 RBI last night, and is now one HR away from his first 30-30 season. He is hitting .321-.391-.572 with 29 HRs, 95 RBI, 33 SBs and a 121-56 K/BB rate in 474 at bats. Kemp, Braun, Prince Fielder and Justin Upton are the top 4 hitters in the NL MVP race at the moment.
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had a big night last night going 3-4 with a grand slam and 4 RBI. Fantasy owners are hoping this is the start of a hitting streak for the disappointing Heyward. Heyward is hitting just .224-.314-.402 with 13 HRs, 35 RBI and 6 SBs in 321 at bats this season. Heyward, like Choo above, is an excellent bounce back candidate for 2012, as his injuries have affected him at the plate this season.
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez went 5-5 with 2 RBI last night, and he is having a very good season at the plate despite another Cubs losing season. This season he is hitting .311-.356-.530 with 24 HRs and 83 RBIs, and is on pace for a 30-100-.300 season. With the change in ownership, GM Jim Hendry getting fired, a possible rebuilding situation in Chicago, and a thin market for third baseman this offseason, Ramirez could opt out of his contract for 2012.