If you fantasy baseball questions, make sure you post your questions in the new Fantasy Baseball Questions Thread. There has been a lot of activity there over the past few days, so ask away.
In case you missed it, the Dodgers called up Yasiel Puig after yesterday's loss to the Rockies. He was start and play center field vs the Padres tonight. I wrote up my thoughts on the fantasy impact of his call up last night.
I am curious where Don Mattingly will bat him in the Dodgers lineup. I assume he will bat either third or fifth.
For more about Puig and the Dodgers, make sure you check out True Blue LA, SB Nation's Dodgers fan site.
Kevin Gausman impresses
Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman got knocked around in his last start vs the Nationals, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits, including three home runs. Heading into his start vs the Tigers, I am sure his owners benched him, as the thought of going up against Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera was not a pleasant thought. Well, Gausman did the unexpected and turned in a quality start yesterday. He gave up just one run on 5 hits, no walks and 4 strikeouts in the Orioles 4-2 win. Gausman faces off vs the Rays next Sunday in Tampa.
For more on Gausman, make sure you check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Orioles fan site.
Ike Davis getting hot?
Ike Davis seems to be the type of hitter that takes awhile to get going at the plate. The bad part about that is it usually takes him two months to get going, and by then, he has been dropped by many of his owners. Has Ike begun to turn things around? Possibly. Yesterday, he went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBI in the Mets 11-6 loss to the hot Marlins. Davis has five hits in his last four games and that constitutes a hitting streak for him. Davis started the 2012 season off very slow and hit 27 home runs in the last four months of the season, Can he do it again?
For more on Davis and the Mets, please check out Amazin Avenue, SB Nation's Mets fan site.
If it seems like I am writing about Phillies outfielder every day, it is because I am. Brown is officially scorching at the palte right now. Brown went 3-3 with a HR and 4 RBI yesterday, his eighth home run in his last nine games. Brown is now hitting .282-.321-.574 with 16 HRs, 27 runs and 40 RBI this season, leading the National League in home runs and is fifth in RBI. He hasn't walked in quite awhile, but fantasy owners will forgive him for that.
Brown's teammate Cliff Lee is probably going to be trade bait in the next month, as he is still one of the best pitchers in the game. Yesterday, he limited the Brewers to 3 runs on 7 hits, no walks and 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings in the Phillies 7-5 win. Lee is now 7-2 with a 2.45 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and a 74-13 K-BB rate in 88.1 innings thus far.
Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is quietly having a solid season in his rookie season. Ozuna went 3-5 with a double, triple, 2 runs and 4 RBI in the Marlins 11-6 win over the Mets. Ozuna raised his triple slash line to .333-.376-.479 with a HR, 16 runs, 15 RBI and 3 stolen bases. He has hit in nine of his last ten games, raising his BA from .298 to .333.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been 100% healthy up to this point, and his owners have to be happy about that. Longoria went 2-5 with a HR and 3 RBI yesterday, and is now hitting .305-.361-.527 with 10 HRs, 38 runs and 34 RBI. He is on pace for a 29 HR, 98 RBI season, and it would not surprise me if he exceeds that projection.
Rangers ace Yu Darvish did not have his best stuff according to manager Ron Washington, but he still shut out the Royals on 3 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts over 7 innings yesterday, in the Rangers 3-1 win. Darvish did not factor in the decision, and is now 7-2 with a 2.77 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and a 111-24 K-BB rate in 81.1 innings this season.