'Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros - May 14, 2009' photo (c) 2009, David Herrera - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ I'm going to touch on a trio of Rockies's hitters, the amazing Dodgers' rotation, and the performance of a bunch of guys who have been awfully good since the All-Star Break.


Michael Cuddyer was a solid selection this season for his home in Colorado and his multi-position eligibility. Those that took a chance on him in the teen's on draft day have gotten a whopper of a return, and that's an understatement. The guy who is a .276 career hitter, the guy who has never hit .285 in a single season, not one time, is batting .329 in his 13th major league season. Makes no sense. We can easily point to that .376 BABIP, his career mark is .311, and that mark doesn't make a lot of his sense given his career numbers and the fact that his 19.6 percent line drive rate is only league average. For fun he's also thrown up 10 steals, the second best mark of his career, and his 18-72-67 line is rather impressive for a mere 112 games is it not? A truly difference making season.

Soft like Charmin. That's Carlos Gonzalez. I know the guy is a massive talent, across the board (.302-26-70-72-21), but he's never played 146 games in a season, and over the past three years he's averaged 136 games played. He won't get to that mark this season as he's at 103 right now and still dealing with pain in his finger that's got his return date totally up in the air. Soft. Superstar teammate Troy Tulowitzki has appeared in 104 games this season going .317-22-68-62. Still, they've played a total of 207 games. Think the Rockies regret giving $157.75 million to Tulo (10 years) and CarGo $80 million (seven years)? Great players, but how could you give that much money to two guys who only play 75 percent of the time?



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The Dodgers are killing it. They never lose, have a killer offense, and that pitching staff has been amazing of late. Here are the numbers of the top-4 in their rotation in the second half.

Clayton Kershaw: 6-2, 1.70 ERA, 8.76 K/9 Hyun-Jin Ryu: 6-2, 2.86 ERA, 8.23 K/9 Zack Greinke: 6-1, 1.84 ERA, 7.21 K/9 Ricky Nolasco: 5-0, 2.01 ERA, 7.66 K/9

That my folks, is amazing.

You thought Victor Martinez was washed up? Nope. Just as I expected he just needed a little time to get back in the groove after missing last season. He's been the best hitter in baseball since the All-Star game batting .380. He also has more walks than strikeouts in the second half.

Mike Trout... OK, he's as good a player as there is. In 40 games here's his fantasy line: .372-8-23-30-10.

Martin Prado, just like V-Mart, took some time to get going. Hopefully you didn't give up on him as his last 40 games have been magical: .367-5-38-26. Yes, he's hitting .367 with nearly an RBI a game.

Jayson Werth is hitting .357 with 11 bombs, 32 RBIs and 30 runs scored in 41 games.

Will Venable is hitting .351 with nine homers and six steals for the Padres.

Aaron Hill is batting .331 with 20 RBIs his last 36 games.

Mark Ellis has been productive. Really he has. Ellis has appeared in 39 games for the Dodgers batting .321. He only has two homers and one steal.

Hey there rookie. Nolan Arenado is batting .318 over 154 at-bats. Only three homers, but he's putting the ball in play with only 20 strikeouts.

Anyone notice that Elvis Andrus is batting .314 with 16 steals in 40 games? Didn't think so.

Jason Castro hurt his knee and his outlook is a bit murky, but he's been rock solid batting .310 with six bombs, 25 RBIs and 23 runs scored. Hell of a second catcher he's been in the fantasy game.

Denard Span is batting .305 in the second half. He has three homers and one steal. Not exciting.

Andre Ethier became the first Dodger to have 30 doubles in 7-straight seasons. He's also batting .302 over his last 41 games.

He there Yunel Escobar has hit .301 over 123 at-bats. That's the same average as Juan Lagares and just two points better than the .299 mark of J.B. Shuck.

DJ LeMahieu is likely to lose some playing time to Josh Rutledge, but he's done his job hitting .291 with six steals.

Finally hitting .290 over 40 games isn't that exciting unless you are Zack Cozart, owner of a career .251 mark. Don't get too excited about his recent work though as it's brought his season average up to... you guessed it, .251.

By Ray Flowers




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