Vladimir Guerrero is making his presence known in the AL MVP race, as he continues to drive in runs at a ridiculous rate. He went 4 for 4 yesterday with 2 home runs and 5 more RBI. He now is hitting .339 with 18 homeruns and 68 RBI respectively. I know that it is going to be difficult for Guerrero to win the award since he is primarily a designated hitter, but the numbers compare very well to the other top candidates:
We will have to see if he can keep this up for the full season, but he's definitely throwing himself into the argument already.
Is Joey Votto an MVP candidate in the NL? He hit his 18th homerun yesterday, and I have to think that at this point, he's a top candidate for the award. I play in a league where OBP is a category, and his streak of 28 (I think) games in a row of getting on base is clearly helping his owner. Votto is probably the best player right now.
You know, I'm guessing that when Roy Halladay was traded to the Phillies, no one was expecting him to have 7 losses before the All Star break. But that's exactly where he stands after throwing another complete game yesterday. Clearly, all the other numbers are making everyone pretty happy (2.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 112 strikeouts). I wouldn't be too concerned overall though, as we know better than to assume wins. The rest of the numbers are excellent, so take whatever wins come.
Wandy Rodriguez allowed only 1 earned run and struck out 6 batters over 7 innings against the Brewers yesterday. That's 2 good starts in a row. I went and grabbed him in a league where high strikeout pitchers don't last too long, and I think that he's at least worth a spot start based on his next opponent, Pittsburgh.
Bengie Molina was traded to the Rangers yesterday, and for AL only leagues I think he's probably a must own, but not necessarily a must-start yet. I have to imagine that their acquiring him will mean that he will see the majority of the playing time, and less for Matt Treanor and none for Max Ramirez.
Manny Ramirez will have an MRI on his sore hamstring, and there's a small voice in the back of my head that wonders if he will end up missing the rest of the games until the All-Star break as a result. Matt Kemp returned to the starting lineup, and appears to back after homering and having 3 hits yesterday.
I think we've really seen what could have been over the last 2 days in New York, as the Mariners' Felix Hernandez shutout the Yankees 7-0. He went the distance, struck out 11 and only allowed 5 baserunners in the game. Clearly, they brought Cliff Lee in to help them make a deep run in the playoffs, and I imagine that this 1-2 punch might have done well.
Sean Rodriguez went 2 for 5 with 2 runs batted in, a run scored, and his 6th steal of the season. He is now hitting .260 on the year, and could be a reasonable fill in for either Chase Utley or Dustin Pedroia if you are still looking for one.
Jair Jurrjens returned yesterday, striking out 6 in just 5 innings of work. He threw 86 pitches, and I've been trying to figure out who lost their spot in the rotation for him to return. Either way, he looked pretty good and is probably worth picking up in most leagues.