July 27, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ben Sheets (30) leans on the dugout fence during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Even though the Olympics Opening Ceremonies were on last night, there was still a ton going on in the Majors, so let's take a look at some of the top stories and performances.
The biggest news of the night was the Giants acquiring Marco Scutaro..... Oh wait, there was another trade? Yeah, that Zack Greinke guy was traded too. For AL-only leagues, this is the player you were hoping for if you saved your waiver priority or your FAAB dollars. I don' t think this particularly hurts Greinke's value or those of us in mixed leagues either.
Anthony Rizzo hit his 6th home run of the year, and is doing a lot better in his second stint in the Majors. He went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 runs batted in for the Cubs yesterday, and is now up to .330/.363/.557. I don't think he can keep up this average, but I could see him finishing out around .290 with around 15 homers on this season.
Chris Carter hit his 7th home run of the season last night, and seems to have figured out what he needs to do to succeed in the Majors. It's a small sample (just 52 at bats), but he is hitting .269/.387/.692 so far on the season. If you're searching for power, he should be one of your first pickups.
I'm not entirely sure how it is that Ben Sheets keeps doing this, but run him out there until it stops. He got another win last night, allowed just 7 base runners and 1 earned run over 6 innings against the Phillies. I watched parts of this game, and it seemed like he was getting hit relatively hard, but things weren't falling in for the Phillies.
Dan Haren had a nice rebound start last night, allowing just 1 earned run over 6 innings and striking out 6. He may still be a buy low opportunity if you believe that he is fully healthy.
Michael Fiers has established himself as a legitimate back end of the rotation starting pitcher, as he had another great outing against the Nationals yesterday. He threw 6 shutout innings and struck out 9 batters while walking just 3.
Josh Willingham may have been one of the biggest bargains of the offseason, as he has now hit 26 home runs and driven in 76. His name is coming up in trade rumors, but almost any move would be likely to hurt his value for the rest of the season.