C.C. Sabathia went 7 innings and struck out 14 Mariners while sending them to their 17th straight loss. He threw 6 1/3 perfect innings before giving up a hit to Brendan Ryan. Sabathia has to be the leading candidate for the AL Cy Young, with a league-leading 15 wins and a 2.56 ERA.
Jered Weaver is right behind Sabathia in that race, if he's not even with him. Weaver lowered his ERA to 1.79 on the season, as he went 7 innings of 1 run ball en route to his 14th win of the season. I keep waiting for Weaver to have a bad start, and it doesn't seem to be coming.
Vance Worley threw a complete game last night, allowing 2 earned runs and striking out 5. Worley's FIP is at 3.21, and his xFIP is at 4.01, so I'd be inclined to think he should see some regression going forward.
Jose Bautista left yesterday's game after being hit in the head by a pitch. Definitely a scary moment, and it seems like he's been having some bad luck of late. Check in the morning to see whether he'll be playing tomorrow or not.
Brian McCann was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain, and this could deal a serious blow to both the Braves and fantasy owners alike. McCann was the top catcher in most formats, and you're not going to find a player on waivers who will replace all of McCann's stats. if you're looking for power, J.P. Arencibia could be a good target, but he's going to kill you in batting average. Beyond that, I would start looking to see what your team needs most to replace, and check your waiver wire to see who can fill that one need.
David Ortiz went 4 for 5 with 3 doubles and 5 RBI in the Red Sox' victory over the Royals, and just continues to hit. His batting average is up to .306 for the season, and despite being limited to designated hitter, Ortiz should find a solid contract this offseason when he's a free agent.
Jonny Gomes was traded to the Nationals during the day yesterday, but the move of importance from that is the promotion of Yonder Alonso to the big club. Alonso was hitting .296 with 12 home runs so far in AAA this season, and it appears that he will be playing left field for the club, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were trying to showcase him as a possible trade piece.
Tim Lincecum was scratched from his start on Tuesday, but according to Andrew Baggarly (via Twitter), he has the flu at the moment. He is currently slotted to pitch today instead, but he could be pushed back again if he still isn't feeling well.
Pedro Alvarez was recalled on Monday from AAA after hitting .365 with 3 homers in 18 games there. He could provide a much needed boost to help keep the Pirates in the race.
J.J. Putz was activated from the disabled list yesterday, and seems likely to be back in the closer's role very quickly.
The Diamondbacks also called up OF Collin Cowgill from AAA. Cowgill has shown himself to be an excellent hitter in AAA this season, in spite of the inflated numbers of the PCL. In Reno this year, Cowgill has hit .354/.430/.554 with 13 home runs, 70 runs batted in, 95 runs scored and 30 stolen bases in 98 games. He is a must-add in all NL-only leagues, and I think he should be at least looked at in all 12+ team leagues. The only thing that hasn't been made clear yet is whether or not Cowgill will be playing every day.
Another day, another hit for Jose Altuve. Just saying at this point.