July 25, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Hanley Ramirez (13) hits a triple in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
We woke up this morning to find out that Hanley Ramirez had been traded to the Dodgers, and Ramirez wasted no time showing how good of a deal it could be for the Dodgers. He had a triple in his first at bat, as well as an RBI in the game against the Cardinals yesterday. If you can still buy low on Hanley, I would definitely do that as quickly as possible.
Yoenis Cespedes has really surprised fantasy owners to this point, and kept it going last night as a part of the rout the A's put on the Blue Jays. He went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, 2 runs batted in, and his 8th stolen base of the season. Despite no time in the minors, Cespedes is now up to .302/.361/.533 on the season with 13 home runs, 50 runs batted in, and the 8 stolen bases.
On the other side of the game, the Blue Jays took another serious injury, as J.P. Arencibia is expected to miss significant time due to a broken right hand. It seems like this may finally be the final nail that pushes the Blue Jays to be sellers this season. This would have been a great time for Travis d'Arnaud to find out whether he is ready to take over, but with him out due to an injury as well, it appears that Jeff Mathis will get more playing time for now.
Ryan Dempster is still a member of the Cubs at this point, and made his start on Wednesday afternoon. He pitched about as expected, allowing 3 earned runs, 5 base runners, and striking out 6. I think he still ends up getting moved before next Tuesday's deadline, but the return to the Cubs is very likely to be diminished.
Just another day for Mike Trout: 3 runs, 2 hits, his 16th home run, and 2 RBI. Nothing really to add here at this point, just keep waiting for some sign that he is going to struggle, and it doesn't seem like it is going to come.
Stephen Strasburg had his most dominant performance of the season yesterday against the Mets, striking out 11 and allowing just 4 hits over 7 innings. It remains to be seen exactly when he will get shut down for the season, but the Nationals have made it clear that he will be shut down at some point.
Tommy Hanson managed to survive the fact that he walked 7 batters over 5 innings to get a victory. I honestly don't know where to rank Hanson for next year, as the performance has really been hit and miss all season long. He did manage to strike out 7 yesterday as well, but he's definitely at the point of being a WHIP killer.
Tim Lincecum had another rough start yersterday against the Padres, and at this point I'm wondering if a DL stint might be in the cards. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowed 7 hits, 3 walks, 2 home runs, and 5 earned against the Padres. He is still striking out batters (8 yesterday), but to what end if he is allowing that many baserunners and runs?
Wilin Rosario hit his 16th home run of the season yesterday for the Rockies, and I'm really curious if he could get to 30 home runs in a full season worth of at bats. Despite the low batting average (.251), he seems like a lock to me to be a top 10 catcher next season.