'Madison Bumgarner' photo (c) 2013, slgckgc - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ It's mostly about pitching today, but I'll toss in some updates on a few hitters that are really bringing it this season as well. I'm nothing if not well rounded. Just ask around.

Boy is that Adrian Beltre a stable option. He's batting .317 with 29 homers, 90 RBIs and 85 runs scored. He's even played 155 games this season. Just keeps getting it done.

The Giants shutdown Madison Bumgarner for the season. Ugh. Other than Clayton Kershaw, was there a better lefty in the NL this past season? MadBum had a 2.77 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 8.90 K/9 over 201 innings. That's 3-straight years of at least 13 victories, a 3.37 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 191 Ks. He turned 24 in August. He's younger than Matt Harvey.

Another Giant, Matt Cain, tossed seven innings of two run ball at the Dodgers Tuesday night. He has one more start against the Padres to continue to improve his numbers. Cain's season long numbers are poor, he's 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA, and with 184 innings pitched he will fail to throw 200 for the first time since 2006. Still, tons to like here. His 7.71 K/9 mark is two tenths above his career rate. His 2.87 K/BB ratio is the third best mark of his career. His 1.16 WHIP is one hundredth below his career mark. His .260 BABIP is four points lower than his career mark. So how do you explain the elevated ERA? The homers. His 1.12 mark per nine is a career worst (career 0.79). You may not have noticed but he has been dominate in the second half: 2.36 ERA, 1.12 ERA over 72.1 innings. Draft him with confidence in 2014.

Tony Cingrani (back) threw 32 pitches in the bullpen Wednesday (he's been out since September 10th). There's a chance he returns before the post-season, but it might be as a reliever.

Michael Cuddyer had two more hits Tuesday. He increased his lead in the NL batting race to eight points over Chris Johnson (.335 to .327).

Anyone notice that Paul Goldschmidt has a 14 game hitting streak? Not many seem to be talking about his .304-36-124-101-15 effort. That's the sign of ultimate respect. People are expecting him to do it so when he does they say he should have done it and just move on.

Trying to decide... Jack & Coke or Seven & 7? It's a tough choice that depends on your mood I guess. Last night my mood said do both, so I did.

Give some props to A.J. Griffin. Sure he resembles a pinata at times with the homers, he's allowed an almost impossible 36 homers in 32 starts, but the rest of his line is pretty solid. He's won 14 games, has a 7.70 K/9 mark, a 3.17 K/BB ratio an a 1.13 WHIP. By the by, through 282.1 innings his WHIP is 1.13. That's some serious pitching in the AL. Still, he's only owned in 68 percent of Fleaflicker leagues.

Austin Jackson has scored 98 times, the 4th best mark in the AL. Not bad for a guy who has only appeared in 126 games wouldn't you say?

Ubaldo Jimenez was at it again Tuesday allowing two runs over 6.1 innings against the White Sox. If he doesn't take the hill for the Sunday start against the Twins he will end the second half with a 1.86 ERA.

Hiroki Kuroda is 11-13 after losing his 6th straight decision Tuesday. Isn't it amazing how things even out? His ERA (3.31) and WHIP (1.16) are nearly identical to his career marks (3.40 ERA, 1.18 WHIP).

Mike Leake will likely finish the year with 14 wins an a 3.37 ERA, not bad for a guy you added off waivers or drafted in the 27th round even if he had a 4.42 ERA in the second half. He finished strong though allowing six earned runs over his last four starts.

Jonathan Papelbon needs one more save to reach 30 for the 8th straight season.

Todd Redmond allowed two runs in 5.2 innings versus the Orioles in a no decision. That's 5-straight starts of three earned runs or less. Overall he's posted a 3.34 ERA in those five starts.

Tyson Ross continues to kill it. He tossed eight innings of one run ball Tuesday, he got saddled with a no-decision, but he's still got one more start left against the Giants. In the second half he has a 2.80 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and a 9.49 K/9 mark over 74 innings. He's dominating.

Justin Ruggiano has his limitations in fantasy, just look at that .226 average and the fact that he doesn't play every day (he has just 412 at-bats), but he's hit 18 homers and stolen 15 bases making him a strong NL-only play. By Ray Flowers




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