Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg made his 4th rehab start last night for Low A Hagerstown, throwing 3 innings, giving up two hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out 6. I imagine he will move of to AA Harrisburg for his next rehab start.
Mets shortstop Jose Reyes ran the bases on Monday and will begin a rehab stint on Thursday. He is scheduled to play 3-4 games for AA Binghamton, and probably be activated early next week.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre ran at about 75 percent yesterday and is on track to return in early September. The Rangers currently have a 4 game lead over the second place Angels, so they can afford to take their time with Beltre, especially after he aggravated the hamstring injury trying to push it too soon earlier this month.
Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata went 3-4 in the first game of the doubleheader last night and has hit in 6 straight games, going 10-24 with 3 extra base hits, 2 RBI and a SB. He also had a hit in the second game of the doubleheader so he has hit in 7 straight games now. Tabata has the speed to steal 30+ bases in 2012.
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Rays outfielder B.J. Upton injured his right shoulder after running into the outfield wall attempting to catch a fly ball. We'll learn more about his injury today. Upton continues to be the same hitter he was the last few seasons as he is hitting just .226-.305-.392 with 17 HRs, 58 RBI, 58 runs, 26 SBs and a 124-50 K/BB rate in 439 at bats. His BA/OBP/SLG has been in a free fall since his breakout season in 2007 when he hit .300-.386-.508 with 24 HRs and 82 RBI.
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth went 2-4 with a HR, 2 runs and 3 RBI last night. Werth has struggled big time in his first season with the Nats, but I feel he could be a solid bounce back candidate in 2012. This season, he is hitting .229-.331-.388 with 15 HRs, 48 RBI and 14 SBs.
Philies outfielder Hunter Pence went 2-3 with 2 walks, 4 runs, a HR and 2 RBI last night, and for the season is hitting .310-.366-.486 with 16 HRs, 76 RBI, 64 runs and just 7 SBs. It appears that the running game should not be factored into his ranking in 2012.
Phillies starter Cliff Lee shut out the Mets for 7 innings last night, giving up just 3 hits, 3 walks and striking out 7 to win his 14th game of the season. He is now 14-7 with a 2.71 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and a 191-39 K/BB rate in 186 innings. Lee is a top 5-7 starter in 2012.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander held the Rays to just one run on 3 hits, 3 walks, a HR and 8 strikeouts last night to win his 19th game of the season. Verlander is on pace to win 24 games. He is now 19-5 with a 2.28 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and a 212-45 KBB rate in 209.2 innings of work this season. Verlander has 16 starts this season where he has gone 7+ innings and given up 2 runs or less.
Rangers starter C.J. Wilson shut out the injury-depleted Red Sox last night for 6.2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 3.08 in winning his 13th game of the season. He is now 13-5 with a 1.20 WHIP and a 163-61 K/BB rate in 181 innings this season.