Sunday's MLB action is highlighted by the Marlins decision to call up outfielder Mike Stanton. Stanton will make his major league debut on Tuesday in Philadelphia, and more than likely play right field. There will be questions as to where he will bat in the Marlins lineup, and here is what MLB.com's Joe Frisaro wrote on Sunday:
In recent weeks, Gonzalez said he projects Stanton will start off hitting seventh, or possibly second. That may change, however, especially if Hanley Ramirez hits leadoff.
After batting third all season, Ramirez was in the leadoff spot in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.
If Ramirez bats first on Tuesday, Stanton perhaps would bat sixth in his big league debut.
The call up more than likely impacts outfielder Cameron Maybin the most, as Cody Ross is expected to move over to center field, with Stanton in right, and Chris Coghlan in left field.
Here are the rest of my thoughts after reviewing Sunday's boxscores:
It's no secret that the Nationals will select catcher Bryce Harper with the first pick in Monday's MLB first year player draft. What is news is this from MLB.com:
If Harper is drafted by Washington, according to a baseball source, he will most likely become an outfielder. The team believes that Harper is an above-average outfielder with speed. He can play center and right field. Harper still needs to work on his catching skills.
Harper as an outfielder means to me that the Nationals want him in the majors as soon as possible. I am very curious where he will start in the minors. High A?
Well, Matt Capp's owners may be scrambling after he blew his 4th save of the season, and 4th in his last 6 save opportunities. His value is crashing just as fast as the stock market of late, but not as fast as we saw back on May 6th. Capps came in to close out the Nationals game against the Reds and proceeded to give up 3 runs on 3 hits, including a HR to Scott Rolen. He has now given up runs in 7 of his last 10 appearances, and is in danger of losing his closer job. The candidates to take over are Tyler Clippard and rookie Drew Storen. Does anyone else think Storen closes out Stephen Strasburg's first major league win?
Yankees starter Javier Vazquez limited the Blue Jays to 2 runs on 1 hit and 4 walks while striking out 9 in 7 innings of work. Vazquez has given up two runs or less in 4 of his last 5 starts, with his ERA dropping from near 10 to around 5.50. It is safe to start him going forward if you haven't done so already.
Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow matched Vazquez pitch for pitch and deserved to win. He gave up just one run on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 8 in 7 innings of work.
Well, Giants starter Tim Lincecum appears to be back on track after going 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and just TWO walks, while striking out 6 in a no-decision on Sunday. Lincecum had walked 5 in each of his last 4 outings.
Carlos Santana Watch: Indians catcher Lou Marson, fearing that catching prospect Carlos Santana may get the call up after hearing Stanton was getting the call, went 1-4 with a 3 run HR on Sunday. I don't this his first HR of the season will delay Santana's call up, but Santana's defensive abilities behind the plate could. Right, Ned??
Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan went 2-5 on Sunday and has now hit in 9 of his last 10 games, and 26 of his last 31. He has his BA up to .262, but has just 3 HRs and 15 RBIs. Those are not numbers you want to see from an outfielder, but he appears well in his way to another .300 season.
Angels catcher Mike Napoli went 4-5 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored on Sunday, including his 9th HR of the season. He is on pace to go 28-79-.270. Very good for a catcher in fantasy.
Rays catcher John Jaso batted leadoff for the second game in a row and made manager Joe Maddon look good on Sunday, as he went 3-5 with 5 RBIs and a SB. He is hitting .307-.423-.465 with 3 HRs and 25 RBIs in just over 100 at bats.
Dodgers first baseman James Loney went 2-5 with a run scored, 2 RBI and a SB on Sunday. Loney has not hit for much power again this season as he has launched just 4 HRs so far, but he has knocked in 35 runs and now has 8 SBs. He is on pace to drive in 99 runs and steal 23 bases. The 20+ SBs make him very fantasy relevant despite the middle infield power.