Jose Bautista just continues to hit homeruns, launching 2 more last night against the Rays. Is he a top 25 player for next season? He now has 46 homeruns and 110 runs batted in to go with his .266 batting average, 7 steals, and 95 runs scored. It's really hard to imagine that he's going to repeat this performance again next season, but there really isn't anything that stands out to me that would lead me to believe he couldn't.
Trevor Cahill has definitely not conceded the Cy Young race yet, as he won his 16th game of the season last night behind an excellent start. He went 7 shutout innings, striking out 4 and walking 2 batters. I think he's probably going to end up in my top 30 for next season, but he doesn't really strike out as many as I'd like to see out of a top 25 pitcher, but there's not a lot of reason to believe he can't continue this next season.
On the other side of the field, Clay Buchholz had probably his worst start of the season, going just 1+ innings and allowing 5 earned runs while striking out just 1. Looks more like it just wasn't his night than anything, and I wouldn't put a whole lot into it.
It was announced that Johan Santana will need shoulder surgery, and may not be ready in time for the opening of next season. This clearly has to change his ranking for next season, and should be dropped in all non-keeper leagues at this point. He's done for the season.
Carlos Zambrano is definitely on his way back. He went 8 2/3 innings last night with 9 strikeouts and 0 earned runs allowed, and has now lowered his ERA to 3.88 on the season. I think he's going to be a nice sleeper for next season for owners as he has pitched much better of late.
Clay Hensley got the save for the Marlins, and while it appears to be widely assumed that Leo Nunez will get the job back before the end of the season, Hensley could be worth a pickup if you need saves badly enough.
Matt Holliday went 3 for 4 last night with his 26th home run of the season, and I keep wondering if he should be a top 20 player overall for next year. His season stats: .306, 26 HR, 91 RBI, 8 SB, 83 R
I really hadn't noticed just how good of a season Chris Young has been having. He hit his 25th homerun of the season last night, and now has 84 runs batted in as well. He is hitting .266 with 83 runs and 27 steals, and I have to imagine he's going to end up as a top 10 outfielder for next year.