Yesterday was a historic day in MLB history as the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy due to owner Frank McCourts misuse of Dodger funds since he purchased the team. This move appears to be a move to stall the ability of MLB to force him to sell the team. One has to wonder why he would file for backruptcy because why would a prospective owner pay market price for a team that just filed for bankruptcy protection. Ridiculous. Mark Cuban, or whoever, can't buy the team fast enough for me.
The Indians called up third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall yesterday and manager Manny Acta said he will get the majority of playing time at third base. Chisenhall was hitting .265-.352-.427 with 7 HRs, 44 RBIs and a 47-28 K/BB rate in 253 at bats at AAA Columbus. Chisenhall should be picked up in AL-only leagues and deeper mixed leagues. His AAA performance this year gives me pause. He started at third base last night and went 2-4 with his first major league RBI.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez went 2-4 with 2 HRs in yesterday's loss to the Cubs. Cargo was a popular first round pick this year after his breakout season in 2010. He started the season slowly, but has picked things up since as he is hitting .283-.349-.472 with 12 HRs, 45 RBIs and 12 SBs, and is on pace for a 25-93-25 season. I am not sure that is quite first round performance, but it is pretty close.
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Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez went 3-4 with 2 HRs, 3 runs and 3 RBIs yesterday and is now hitting .289-.337-.446 with 8 HRs and 37 RBIs. He has been hot of late, going 15-40 with 3 HRs with 7 RBIs. Ramirez had a big second half last year and could be someone to target if you need a third baseman.
Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs and is hitting .226-.348-.462 with 16 HRs and 42 RBIs. As I told a fellow owner yesterday, all he does is hit HRs. Thirty percent or 16 of his 53 hits this season are of the long ball variety. He's the Chris Carter of MLB.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 4-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBis last night and is absolutely on fire right now. In his last 10 games he has gone 18-44 with a HR and 7 RBIs. Phillips is hitting .299-.352-.415 with 6 HRs, 50 runs and 43 RBis for the season. What is noticeable in Phillips performance this year is the drop in HRs and SBs. His ISO and SB totals have shown a steady drop since 2007, but he is still productive at the plate.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 4-5 with a HR, 2 runs and 2 RBIs last night. He is hitting .336-.422-.636 with 22 HRs, 62 RBIs and 21 SBs. He is leading the NL in HRs, SLG, OPS, 2nd in BA, 3rd in OBP, and tied for 2nd in RBIs. He really hasn't gone into a prolonged slump, but the season is long, so anything is possible.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez appears to be pretty comfortable hitting in Detroit. He went 2-4 with 2 RBIs last night and is hitting .336-.385-.498 with 6 HRs and 46 RBIs.
Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton was shut down in his rehab due to a stiff elbow. He had an MRI yesterday and will visit the team doctor today. It appears Javy Guerra will be the Dodgers closer for the time being.
On Sunday we heard that Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez had a setback in his rehab. Yesterday, we heard he would begin his rehab and return to the Pirates lineup in two weeks. Alvarez has been a huge disappointment this season.