July 24, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) reacts after giving up a two-run single to St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
In what could have been his final outing in a Brewers' uniform, Zack Greinke pitched excellently, and even added a home run to try to help his cause. He ended up with a no-decision unfortunately, but allowed just 3 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 5 over 7 innings. The speculation is running rampant at this point on where Greinke could end up, and really it's anybody's guess at this point.
Adam Jones has been nothing short of amazing for fantasy owners this season, as he hit his 23rd home run of the season last night against the Rays. To date, he also has 11 stolen bases, and is hitting .292/.336/.543. I think Jones could fairly easily get to 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases, but I wonder how much it will be trusted when it comes time to rank him for 2013.
Ubaldo Jimenez will go out and have an outing like he did on Tuesday night, which makes you wonder if you can believe that he might return to the form we saw in Colorado two seasons ago. 6 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts is a very nice performance from him, but at what point would you actually trust that he could repeat that performance on a consistent basis.
It took Gio Gonzalez just 87 pitches to get through 7 innings last night against the Mets, as he allowed just 4 base runners and notched 4 strikeouts. If there had been any opportunity to buy low on Gio after his poor outing last time, that window has passed.
Travis Blackley continues to pitch well for Oakland, which seems amazing in and of itself. He went 7 innings in Toronto last night, striking out 8 en route to the victory. He's gone at least 7 innings and allowed 2 runs or less in 4 of his last 5 starts, and should definitely be looked at if you're hurting for pitching.
Francisco Cordero came in for the Astros in his first save opportunity with his new team, and promptly coughed up the lead and the game to the Reds. He got just 2 outs, and managed to give up 3 runs doing so. You're kind of playing with fire to begin with by owning Cordero, so this really shouldn't be that much of a surprise at this point.
Clayton Kershaw had an odd outing yesterday, as he was excellent through 4 innings, allowed 2 earned in the 5th, and then proceeded to give up 6 more in the part of the 6th he pitched. Chalk it up to a bad night for Kershaw and keep running him out there every 5 days for your fantasy team.
Joe Saunders had a nice outing against the Rockies yesterday, striking out 9 and allowing just 4 base runners over 7 innings. I'm not sold I believe in this level of performance, but I would keep running him out there until he shows otherwise.
Madison Bumgarner had another great start last night, striking out 9 and allowing 8 base runners over 7 innings against the Padres. Granted that it is against the Padres, but Bumgarner has been consistently good all season long. I think Bumgarner could end up as a top 10 starter going into next season.
His opponent in that game has been pitching great as well of late, as Edinson Volquez struck out 8 over 7 innings. What's not to love about a pitcher notching strikeouts who gets to pitch half of his games in Petco Park. I am a big believer in his ability to keep this going for the rest of the season at least.