With news that the Phillies may be looking to make a big move and potentially make a very large change to their outfield, the team may have lost a starting pitcher to injury with Jamie Moyer leaving his start last night after just 1 inning due to a strained elbow. The Phillies are now 7 games back in the NL East, and I'm wondering if at this point they really should become sellers.
Apparently all the Cubs needed to hear was that Sweet Lou has decided to retire to go nuts on offense, as they scored 14 runs en route to a victory over the Astros. And Aramis Ramirez is BACK. 3 homeruns last night against the Astros and 7 runs batted in. He now has 15 homeruns and 47 runs batted in 68 games. He has an outside chance at both 30 and 100 in spite of only being on pace to play in about 130 games at most.
A bit of a fluke injury for Carl Crawford as he was forced to leave the game in the 1st inning after being hit in the groin with a pickoff throw. The game took so long that he'd not only been taken to the hospital for treatment, but had also returned as well. Sounds like he won't miss any time, but until I see tomorrow's lineup I'll be a little skeptical.
Tommy Hunter raised his record to 7-0 yesterday against the Tigers. He's a bit of an enigma, as his FIP is nearly 2 runs higher. But he's pitching well, and now has a 2.09 ERA on the season. Tread lightly here, but he's definitely a spot starter at this point.
Mike Napoli hit his 17th homerun of the season, and drove in 4 runs to lead the Angels to victory. I'm a big believer in Mike, and I think he's a lock to hit 30 homeruns providing he can continue to get the playing time he has been getting to this point.
Pedro Alvarez homered twice and drove in 5 runs for the Pirates. His batting average is now up to .243 for the season, and looks like he could finally be starting to put it together for them.
Asdrubal Cabrera was activated from the disabled list yesterday, and promptly responded with an 0 for 5 day. I've been holding him in a couple of different leagues at this point, and I'm really hoping he's going to respond now that he's back.
Jair Jurrjens had another nice start, striking out 7 and allowing only 1 earned run over 7 innings. If for some reason he's still available in your league, grab him quickly as he seems likely to continue this type of performance.
Jeff Francis also had a very nice start, throwing 7 shutout innings against the Marlins. He struck out 7, and walked none. He is another pitcher who looks like a spot starter at this point, but he has had success in the past and could reward you potentially.
Jose Bautista hit his 26th homerun and drove in RBIs 59 to 64 yesterday against the Royals. I keep waiting for the wheels to fall off, but it doesn't appear like it's going to happen. Clearly he's not a sell-high option, as he's still not likely to return the value you will get from the production, so just enjoy the ride.
Barry Enright struck out 8 batters in his 8 innings yesterday, and now has a 2.66 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. I want to see one more start, but he could be worth a pickup now in deeper leagues.
Tough loss for the Dodgers yesterday, as fill-in manager Don Mattingly (running the team for an ejected Joe Torre) accidentally visited the mound twice with closer Jonathan Broxton out there, and was required to be pulled for a new pitcher due to the rules. Broxton's fill-ins failed to stop the bleeding, and ended up losing as a result. Bet Mattingly doesn't ever do that again.