Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton is a big time power hitter. We all know that. Yesterday, he was showing off his power, hitting 2 home runs off of Carlos Zambrano, and went 3-5 with 2 HRs, 2 runs and 4 RBIs. Stanton also strikes out plenty, but this year, he has reduced his K rate from 31% to 28% this year, and is now hitting .258-.33-.529 with 20 HRs, 55 RBIs and a 100-32 K/BB rate. He is one of the few big leaguers with a HR/FB% over 20% this season.
Stanton's teammate Hanley Ramirez is on fire lately. He went 3-4 with 3 doubles, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs yesterday and is now hitting .248-.341-.381 with 8 HRs, 40 RBIs and 15 SBs. In his last 10 games, he is 13-36 with a HR and 10 RBIs, and has improved his BA from .232 to .248.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia held the Blue Jays to one run on 3 hits, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in 8 innings. He is now 14-4 with a 2.68 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and a 134-38 K/BB rate in 153.2 innings. CC has to be the favorite for AL Cy Young right now. He has given up 1 run or less in each of his last 5 starts, and has given up just 2 runs in his last 39.2 innings. Does he opt out of his contract in the offseason?
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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has picked up where he left off in the first half as he went 1-4 last night, with his 24th HR of the season. He is hitting .315-.398-.598 with 24 HRs, 72 RBIs and 27 SBs. His HR nearly hit the scoreboard in Arizona last night. He is just few HRs from his career high, and about 8 SBs from his career high SB totals. He is on pace for a 41-124-47 season this year. Is he the #1 pick in 2012 fantasy drafts?
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun re-injured his left hamstring and calf muscle and I wonder if he will require a DL stint. If so, Mark Kotsay replaced him in left field last night, and will probably get most of the playing time if Braun is placed on the DL.
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2-4 with 2 solo HRs last night and is now hitting .256-.367-.468 with 15 HRs, 36 RBIs, 19 SBs and an excellent 41-57 K/BB rate. Kinsler is on pace for a 26 HR- 32 SB season.
Angels starter Jered Weaver held the A's to 2 runs in 7 innings last night to win his 12th game of the season. He is 12-4 with a 1.90 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 123-33 K/BB rate in 147 innings of work. Weaver is won his way to a 20 win season, and he may be one of many 20 game winners this year.
White Sox starter Edwin Jackson, the subject of some trade talk, threw a complete game shutout last night. He held the Tigers to 9 hits and 2 walks and struck out just two batters in the process. He is now 6-7 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and a 94-36 K/BB rate in 115+ innings this season.
Mets starter Jonathan Niese held the Phillies to just one run on 6 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in 7 innings to earn his 9th win of the season. He is 9-7 with a solid 3.73 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 98-36 K/BB rate in 118+ innings. He has given up 2 runs or less in 7 of his last 10 starts.
The Mets used Bobby Parnell to pitch in the 8th inning yesterday, and he struck out 2 batters, but i thought he was the favorite for saves in New York now that Francisco Rodriguez has been dealt. It was his first appearance since the All Star break, so he probably just needed some work.
Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is having one heckuva bounceback season this year. He went 2-4 with a HR and 2 runs scored and is now hitting .317-.377-.504 with 13 HRs, 51 RBIs and 28 SBs. Ellsbury is a candidate for MVP in the AL, but would have to fight off teammate Adrian Gonzalez and Jose Bautista to do so.
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker went 4-5 with a HR and 2 RBIs last night and is now hitting .271-.333-.410 with 9 HRs and 62 RBIs this season. In his last 10 games, he is 19-42 with a HR and 10 RBIs. He is on pace for 100+ RBIs this season.