Ubaldo Jimenez was finally able to record his 18th win of the season, but it was definitely an uglier win. He struck out 8, but walked 6 and allowed 4 earned runs over 6 innings. It was his first win in over a month, and he's now sporting a 2.79 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 190 1/3 innings pitched. I am really not sure yet, but I don't think he's going to be in my top 5 pitchers for next year. But I could see him ending up at #6 or #7 pretty easily.
Chris Johnson hit his 7th home run of the season, and now has 38 runs batted in to go along with it. He's hitting .325 and clearly having a very solid year, but I'm wondering what his upside would be overall. I don't think he's necessarily a 20 homerun type, and I'm not sold on the batting average being this high permanently either.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 22nd home run of the season and now has 100 runs batted in as well. I think he's going to finish just shy of 30 and 120 overall, and I really can't figure where I will put him for next season. He clearly belongs behind Evan Longoria and David Wright in my opinion, but would there be anyone else in front of him at 3B?
Danny Espinosa looks like he's going to be here to stay after hitting 2 homeruns and driving in 6 yesterday. Ray wrote about him last week, and I was unable to grab him in my keeper league unfortunately. I think him and Desmond are going to be playing well in Washington for a few years now.
Mike Stanton went 3 for 5 yesterday with 3 runs batted in and his 16th home run of the season. I am really wondering what a full season of Stanton is going to look like, and it seems like the comparison I keep coming to in my head is Mark Reynolds (minus the steals). Stanton seems like he has the potential to hit 40+ homeruns in spite of playing so many games in pitchers' parks. But the strikeouts are going to continue to kill his batting average.
Corey Hart hit 2 home runs, scored 3 times and drove in 3 runs yesterday in the loss to the Cardinals. He is now hitting .283 with 26 HR and 88 RBI. I think he's going to end up as a top 25 outfielder for next season, but probably not as high as his numbers would dictate simply because I don't think anyone believes he can do this again next year.
Madison Bumgarner threw 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Diamondbacks, and I really think he can be an asset to teams for the last 4 weeks of the season. He struck out 7 batters, and walked just 1, and as long as you avoid any killer starts, he should provide a lot of value for the remainder of the year.
Ryan Kalish went 2 for 3 with a grand slam last night for the Red Sox, and he's a definite target in deep keeper leagues. He hit .294 with 13 homeruns and 25 stolen bases in the minors this season, and could definitely be a 15-20 threat in the future.