This will be a quick Roundup as I had two other articles to write last night. One, my Mid-Season Second Base rankings, will post at 2:00pm today. The other is my first post over at MLB Daily Dish, an SB Nation site that discusses the latest MLB news, trades, and rumors. I will start writing a weekly article every Tuesday going forward where I will discuss some recent MLB Trade Rumors and the fantasy impact of player involved in trades and trade rumors.
Cardinals fans and fantasy owners got some very bad news yesterday when Albert Pujols was placed on the DL with a fractured left forearm and will be sidelined from 4-6 weeks. There isn't anyone on the waiver wire that can replace Pujols production, so fantasy owners will have to look to make a trade to make up some of the offense lost with Pujols down. What I see happening is Pujols will be out till early August but because the Cardinals will be in the wild card race, he will come back less than 100% and won't hit for much power the rest of the season. His power numbers are down thus far this season and this injury is not going to help matters, as the injury is to his bottom hand/arm.
Late last night, Joe Straus from the St. Louis post Dispatch tweeted the following on Pujols injury:
Am told Pujols needs 4 weeks in cast but may need longer wait for baseball-related activies. Mid-August return more likely than early Aug.
42 minutes ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply
Certainly not good news for fantasy owners, and I wonder if the Cardinals will look to shore up their bullpen and rotation for the wildcard race, as a result.
More Roundup after the jump:
Indians catcher Carlos Santana is catching fire at the plate, as he went 3-4 with a HR, 2 runs and an RBI last night. He is 8-14 in his last 4 games with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs, and now has 10 HRs and 31 RBIs on the season.
The Red Sox scored 10 runs in the 7th inning last night and were lead by stud first baseman Adrian Gonzalez who went 3-5 with his 25th double and 3 RBIs. He raised his triple slash line to .353-.406-.510 with 15 HRs and 67 RBIs and is the early favorite for the AL MVP this season. At this point, he is the top fantasy first baseman in baseball, and a Top 3 pick in 2012 fantasy drafts.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is quiety putting together a solid season after a slow start. He went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and a SB last night, and is hitting .281-.343-.451 with 10 HRs, 43 RBIs and 11 SBs on the season., His numbers have dropped from last season, but I didn't see him hitting .330 again this season.
Red Sox starter Josh Beckett was scratched from his start today due to illness, but there is no info if he will miss more than one start.
Braves starter Tim Hudson shutout the Blue Jays for 8 innings, giving up 2 hits, a walk and striking out 8 to win his 6th game of the year, and lowered his ERA to 3.73. He put two men on with no out in the 9th and then Craig Kimbrel came in to strike out Corey Patterson, Jose Bautista and Adam Lind.
Angels starter Jered Weaver out-dueled Anibal Sanchez to win his 9th game of the season. He held the Marlins to one run in 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, a walk and striking out 6. He lowered his ERA to 2.01 and will be ranked highly in my mid-season starting pitcher rankings.
Clayton Kershaw dominated the Tigers in a complete game 3 hit shutout last night, strking out 11 and walking just one to win his 7th game of the season. Kershaw lowered his ERA to 3.01 and now has a 117-32 K/BB rate in 107+ innings. He has increased his K rate and lowered his walk rate from 3.5 BB/9 to 2.7 BB/9.