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Roto Roundup: Cole Hamels, David Price, Paul Goldschmidt and others

Ray takes a look at the top fantasy performers from Friday night's action, including Cole Hamels, David Price, Paul Goldschmidt and others.

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Round'em Up

Cole Hamels name has come up in trade rumors recently, but the Phillies have said they are unlikely to deal him. In my opinion, they should deal him as even with the big contract, he should bring back several solid prospects for a team that is in need of a rebuild and won't compete for several years. Hamels could be the best starting pitcher on the trade market, whether it is now or in the offseason. Last night, Hamels dominated the Braves, giving up just one run on 4 hits, no walks and 9 strikeouts in the Phillies 2-1 win. Hamels is now 4-5 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a 115-38 strikeout to walk rate in 114.1 innings. He has allowed two runs or less in 7 of his last 10 starts, lowering his ERA from 4.01 to 2.83.

The other pitcher staking claim as the best starting pitcher available at the trade deadline is Ray's ace David Price. Price has been on some kind of roll of late and he continued his dominance last night, shutting out the Twins on 4 hits, walking none and striking out 9 in the Rays 5-1 win. The win moved his record to 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and an elite 173-21 strikeout to walk rate in 155.2 innings. Over his last nine starts, he owns a 89-13 strikeout to walk rate. It will be interesting to see where he gets traded to and how big his contract is after the 2015 season.

There is no question Paul Goldschmidt is one of the top hitters in the game, and, like this year, he is a top 5 pick in 2015 draft boards. Last night, Goldy showed off his power, going 3-3 with a double, a home run, 2 walks, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI in the Diamondbacks 9-3 win over the Cubs. Goldschmidt raised his slash line to .314-.408-.570 with 18 home runs, 70 runs scored, 65 RBI and 8 stolen bases, and is on pace for 30 home runs and 100+ runs scored and RBI.

There was a great pitchers duel in Los Angeles last night, as Felix Hernandez squared off against young Angels hurler Garrett Richards. For all those who say the Angels farm system is not that good, you have to remember that Richards was once a top Angels pitching prospect. Last night Richards limited the Mariners to one run on 3 hits, a walk, 7 strikeouts in 8 innings of work in the Mariners 3-2 win in extra innings. Richards didn't factor into the decision, but is now 11-2 with a 2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and a 134-44 strikeout to walk rate in 131.1 innings. He has given up one run or less in each of his last three, and in seven of his last ten starts. He ranks in the top 10 in seven statistical categories in the American League.

Hernandez is my early pick for the American League Cy Young award right now, as he limited the Angels to one unearned run on 2 hits, 4 walks and 9 strikeouts in 7 innings last night. Like Richards, he did not earn a decision for his efforts, but is now 11-2 with a 2.02 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and a 163-29 strikeout to walk rate in 151.1 innings this season. He has given up two earned runs or less in each of his last 12 starts.

Here is a tweet from fantasy expert Jason Collette this morning:

Make sure you click that link as he list the six starters who have been completely dominant over the last month and a half.

There were some fantasy experts out there who were calling for Orioles outfielder Adam Jones to have a down year at the plate this season, but Jones had other ideas. Last night, Jones went 2-4 with a home run, a walk, two runs scored and two stolen bases in the Orioles 8-4 win over the Athletics. Jones is now hitting .301-.327-.490 with 17 home runs, 56 runs ecored, 59 RBI and 6 stolen bases this season, and is on pace for 29 home runs, 95 runs, 100 RBI and 10 stolen bases. No reason to worry about him, just another solid season for Jones.

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