PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 26: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in his first MLB start against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
With just 8 games on the docket yesterday, let's take a brief look at the happenings around the fantasy world.
Starling Marte announced his presence in his big league debut last night, homering on the first pitch he saw and adding a single as well. He profiles to provide a little bit of power and a little bit of speed if he gets regular playing time, but at this point I would say he's only a pickup in NL-only, keeper or deep league formats.
Josh Reddick hit his 22nd home run of the season in the A's loss to the Blue Jays yesterday, and I am completely amazed that he will likely get to 30 home runs by the end of the season. As an A's fan, it is extremely strange to see not one, but two legitimate power threats in the middle of the lineup, and both of them seem to be completely legit.
On the other side of the same game, Edwin Encarnacion continues to show what he can do when healthy for a full season. He hit his 27th home run of the season last night, and is now hitting .299/.393/.591 on the year. Something to take note of: Encarnacion qualifies at 3B in most leagues right now, but will not next season unless something drastic changes.
Carlos Santana is really heating up, as he hit his 8th home run of the season yesterday as well as a double in the Indians' victory. In July Santana is now hitting .288/.455/.492 with 2 home runs and 6 doubles in just 7 games played. If he can keep some of this up, he could help lead a number of fantasy teams to championships with this performance down the stretch.
What a debut by the Mets' Matt Harvey, as he struck out 11 and walked 3 over 5 1/3 innings pitched yesterday. He allowed just 3 hits as well, and even went 2 for 2 at the plate. He could definitely be a very interesting pickup in most leagues if you're looking for a potentially high strikeout pitcher to pick up.