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One of the best rookie seasons by a hurler in recent memory. An elite catcher who may have to change positions. guy having one of the 10 best seasons ever by a reliever. A hot chick. All that and more in today's piece.
Brandon Beachy is still having soreness in his elbow. He tried playing catch after a 10-day cool down period, but no dice. Certainly sounds like he could be done for 2013.
Let's compare third baseman Matt Dominguez to others at his position. He has 19 homers, three more than David Wright. He has 70 RBI, one more than Manny Machado. He has scored 54 times and that's five more than Chris Johnson who is second in the NL with a .328 batting average. Not bad for a guy who was probably on waivers in 95 percent of mixed leagues on April 1st.
Jose Fernandez's season is over and one word comes to mind – epic. Jose, a 21 year old phenom, ends the year with a 2.19 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, a 12-6 record, 187 punchouts in 172.2 innings and his .182 batting average against ties him with Hideo Nomo (1995) as the best mark by a rookie pitcher since oh, 1900. Honestly, while everyone was falling all over themselves about other rookies they may have missed out on the best rookie of them all, a guy who just completed one of the best rookie season by a hurler in a quarter century.
Freddie Freeman is hitting .309 with 20 homers and 98 RBIs in 132 games played. He's good.
Sonny Gray is a beast. He allowed two runs over five innings Wednesday for the Athletics. So many elite prospects bomb when initially called up. So is not the case with Gray who has, after 48 innings, a 2.63 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 51 punchouts. Way to go kid.
For those of you looking for every last save... for now Jason Grilli will work as a setup man. According to Travis Sawchik we could see Grilli back in the 9th inning soon, but not quite yet. Mark Melancon will continue to fill in expertly.
Anyone noticed that Omar Infante is batting .320?
Isn't this a fantastic encapsulation of who he has become? In his first start with the Mets Aaron Harang, who looks an awful lot like Lurch of the Adams Family by the way (compare the photos), struck out 10 batters while walking only one batter over six innings. He still was tagged with the loss as he allowed three homers leading to three runs. At least they were all solo blasts. On the year he's 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA despite a 1.34 WHIP and 3.11 K/BB ratio.
It took years for Justin Morneau to overcome his concussion woes. Years. He was dealt to the Pirates at the deadline leaving an opening at first base in Minnesota. We all know the Twins are a better team with Joe Mauer catching, but he too is dealing with a concussion and his recovery isn't going fantastically well (there's not timetable for his return to action after suffering a couple of setbacks). Don't know about you, but I don't like the idea of my franchise cornerstone, the guy I'm paying enough that he could purchase a small country, catching if he's got some issues with brain scramblage. When, not if, the Twins move Mauer to first he will be an elite catching option the next season as he'll still be catcher eligible for that year. The question then becomes, how much value does a .323 hitting first sacker who averages 10 homers and 80 RBIs worth to you?
Anibal Sanchez leads the AL in ERA at 2.50. Seriously.
Brandon Moss had three more hits and three runs scored Wednesday night. On the year he's got 26 bombs and 75 RBIs with 66 runs scored which makes him a nice final round grab in mixed leagues this season. He's only hitting .255 but in 45 games in the second half he's stroking the ball to the tune of a .305 mark.
Koji Uehara is having one of the greatest seasons for a reliever, ever. Through 66.2 innings he has a 1.08 ERA, 12.56 K/9 mark and has walked nine batters leading to a 10.33 K/BB ratio. Sick production. I left the best number out – his WHIP is 0.57. Amazing isn't a strong enough descriptor.
Ryan Zimmerman had a home run Thursday. That dong leaves his season long numbers at .277 with 23 homers, 72 RBIs and 74 runs scored. Not elite, but pretty darn good. He has been elite at the dish the past 10 days as he has eight bombs in 10 games including five in his last five games. Yes, his numbers were so-so at the end of August, but the season's five months long. Don't forget that.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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