Brett Myers has been a trade candidate for the last few days, and may have helped his current team to ask for more in return for the starter with his performance yesterday. Myers threw a complete game against the Cubs, allowing 1 earned run and striking out 12 en route to the victory. Myers has actually pitched pretty well, posting a 3.10 ERA and 1.22 WHIP for the Astros while striking out 113 in 145 innings.
Ted Lilly pitched well in what might have been his final start for the Cubs, going 5 2/3 innings and striking out 8 batters. The 3 walks and 113 total pitches don't look quite so good, but he could actually be better if he gets moved to a pitchers park like the Mets.
Cliff Lee has been everything that the Rangers have hoped for to this point. He got another 9 inning no-decision, striking out 13 and only allowing a single unearned run to the Athletics. Unfortunately, Gio Gonzalez and 2 other Athletics pitchers held the Rangers offense to 1 run as well, but they did get to Michael Wuertz in the 10th. I am going to be shocked at this point if Lee does not win the Cy Young Award.
Jose Bautista continued his hot hitting, clubbing 2 homeruns last night to make him the first to reach 30 on the season. 5 more runs batted in last night brings him to 75 of those as well. It didn't even occur to me when we were doing our rankings, but he qualifies at 3B (30 games started this season) to go with his OF qualification, and will next season as well.
Can you name the 2B who has the most homeruns this season? If you said Rickie Weeks, good for you. He hit his 22nd homer of the season last night, and is now hitting .276 with 67 rbi and 71 runs scored. I'm not sure that he won't be in my top 5 at the start of next season, and I have to admit I was dead wrong about him in the midseason rankings (which probably means he'll do something tomorrow to make me regret saying that).
Jered Weaver had another nice start last night, going 7 innings but losing to the Red Sox. He struck out 8 and allowed only 2 earned runs. He now has a 3.19 ERA on the season, but still has 1 less win than his opponent, John Lackey, despite an ERA over a run higher. Just a reminder - don't chase wins.
Jayson Werth went 2 for 3 with his 14th homer of the season last night against the Diamondbacks. It sounds like the Phillies are insistent on moving Werth at this point, although I'm not sure what the logic is unless they have decided to not play for this season. Domonic Brown becomes an immediate add if and when Werth is moved.
Miguel Batista went 5 shutout innings in his start last night against the Braves. While that's nice, the news that caused that is a lot more important: Stephen Strasburg was scratched due to shoulder inflammation. Honestly, for me, if everything comes back fine after more tests, this may actually help some of his owners as he will likely pitch a little deeper into the season since he was skipped this time around.
Carlos Beltran went 2 for 3 yesterday with an RBI in the Mets' victory. I am actually facing a roster decision in a few days where I will need to cut loose an outfielder most likely, and unless Beltran starts hitting a lot in the next few days, he may be the one who ends up on the outs. His 2 for 3 day raised his batting average to .205, but it's a bit more concerning that he has only slugged .308 to this point.
Gavin Floyd was the recipient of a lot of run support, not that he needed more than 1 of them. He threw 7 shutout innings against the Mariners, and struck out 6 en route to the victory. It's really interesting to me that he only threw 82 pitches to do this, and probably could have gone the distance fairly easily from there. I had Floyd as my 45th ranked starter for the rest of the season, and that may be a bit low.
Chad Billingsley threw 6 shutout innings against the Padres yesterday. He struck out 4, and walked 2 in the victory, and lowered his ERA on the season to an even 4.00. I still don't believe. I think during the starts he strikes out a lot of batters he's going to potentially run into trouble with walks, and I think that I just can't trust him to start in any circumstance at this point.
Andres Torres stole his 18th base of the season yesterday, and is having the best season of his career to date: .279, 8 homeruns, 39 runs batted in, 55 runs scored, and 18 steals. He's a bit of a deeper league play, but he's pretty much an everyday player at this point and won't kill you in any of the categories really.