It was a light slate on Thursday, so here are some of the top performers from yesterday's action.
Pirates outfielder Andew McCutchen is heating up hitting in the 3rd spot in the Pirates lineup. Yesterday, he went 2-5 with 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a SB, and is 10-29 in his last 7 games, with a HR, 5 RBIs and 4 SBs.
Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran went 2-4 with a HR and 4 RBIs yesterday. Beltran will more than likely be dealt this year, but to which team is the big question. If he keeps hitting like this, he should bring back a decent return for the Mets.
Pirates reserve outfielder Xavier Paul went 4-5 with 3 runs, an RBI and 2 SBs yesterday. It has been mentioned that Garret Jones may lose playing time and Paul could be the guy Clint Hurdle goes with in right field. He could steal double digit bases if playing everyday.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
The Blue Jays cleared a roster spot for third base prospect Brett Lawrie and speculation is rampant that he will be called up today. He is a must add in all AL-Only and mixed leagues.
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is heating up as he has raised his average about 20 points in his last 3 games from .220 to .242.
Aubrey Huff went 4-5 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs on Thursday and is Fake Teams Fantasy Player of the Day. I am not going to write up a separate post for him, but he is now hitting .233-.291-.403 with 8 HRs an 30 RBIs. He has homered 4 times in the last two games, so he likes to play in St. Louis, I guess.
Cardinals utility guy Allen Craig just continues to rake. He went 2-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs and an RBI and is hitting .347-.420-.551 with 4 HRs and 22 RBIs in less than 100 at bats. Craig batted cleanup last night and I wonder if Tony LaRussa will keep him there tomorrow night.
Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus went 2-5 with a triple and a grand slam yesterday. He is hitting .279-.378-.461 with 5 HRs and 26 RBIs for the season. He has been solid this year, but for some reason, I expected a little more power from him at this point.
Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero homered twice last night, and went 2-4 with 4 RBIs. Peguero will need to hit to continue playing in Seattle as he is hitting just .197-.234-.443 thus far.
Ever since I annointed Rays starter James Shields as the best starter in the AL, he has given up 10 runs in his last two starts, covering 11 innings of work. Last night, he gave up 8 runs, 7 earned, on 7 hits, 3 walks 4 Ks and 4 home runs. 4 home runs!!! In Seattle!!