We’re not going to waste much time here with a lengthy intro but we will acknowledge some of the streaks we discussed the other day. First off, Rockies Michael Cuddyer, who owned the longest streak in the majors, extended his to 27 games but he needed Madison Bumgarner removed from the game first. After posting an 0-for-3, Cuddyer stepped to the plate in the eighth with Sandy Rosario on the mound and promptly singled to center and finished with an innocuous 1-for-4 as the Rockies fell 5-2 to the Giants. As for the other three streaks of note, Pedro Alvarez lost his at 12 after an 0-for-6 in a 14-inning Pirates win, Hanley Ramirez extended his to 12 games with a fourth-inning RBI-single and Jason Kipnis got the day off Sunday so his stays at 12 and counting.
Now let’s check the stat highs (and lows)…
Fantasy Beast of the Day
|Justin Masterson, CLE||9.0||1||6||0||0||1||8||0.00||0.78|
Justin Masterson helped lead the Indians to a tie for first in the AL Central with Detroit after this complete-game shutout, his third of the season, capped off a four-game sweep of the White Sox. He faced the minimum through the first six innings, thanks to two double plays and was then helped again with another two DPs over the final three innings. He had been getting hit hard lately and this was a nice rebound from the pasting he took from the Orioles at the start of the week, but with three quality starts in his last four outings, he earned his 10th win of the season and has a 3.48 ERA and a 125:45 K:BB over 125 innings this season.
|David Lough, OF KC||4-4, 4 R, 3 2B, HR, 3 RBI|
|Ian Desmond, SS WAS||2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB|
|Yasiel Puig, OF LAD||4-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, 2 SB|
|C.J. Wilson, SP LAA||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 10 K|
|Gio Gonzalez, SP WAS||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 7 K|
Everyone loves a 27-year old rookie, right? David Lough had a nice spring but was still sent down as there was no room for him. But after injuries and Jeff Francoeur’s inability to play the game anymore (DFA’d over the weekend), Lough got a chance. He performed so well that when the Royals were activating outfielder Jarrod Dyson from the DL, they opted to demote Chris Getz and keep the logjam in the outfield rather than send Lough down. With this highlight performance, he is batting .314 with two home runs, 14 RBI, 14 runs scored and a stolen base over 121 at-bats. He’s not exactly ripping it up out there, but he’s steady and providing a decent return value in AL-only and super-deep mixed leagues.
I remember all the constant chatter in 2011 that the Nationals were shopping Ian Desmond as they had Danny Espinosa who could play either middle infield spot and then prospect Anthony Rendon who could play second. Bet they’re glad they didn’t end up making that move, huh? Desmond connected for his 15 home run of the season, has eight stolen bases and is batting .276 on the year. Espinosa? Exactly.
Ah the Yasiel Puig bandwagon. Tis full, my friends. Tis full. Broadcasters and commentators everywhere are saying you can’t cite the small sample size anymore because he’s played for a full month now and his .436 average is for real. I don’t buy it, but hey…maybe that’s just me. I’m not saying that he’s not a great player, but 101 at-bats doesn’t mean that he’s going to hit .400 the whole way. But I don’t want to ruin the day for all the Puig owners out there so I’ll just say that he’s had an amazing first month in the majors and I hope he continues to dominate.
C.J. Wilson picked up his fourth consecutive win with this stellar 10-strikeout performance. It was his highest total in five starts and also a nice rebound from giving up five runs in five innings in his last start. It was his second shutout in three starts and his third quality start in his last four. He should remain a solid play, even facing Boston next.
After what was a rocky and somewhat expected slow start (had indications of potential injury and was linked to Biogenesis), Gio Gonzalez has now thrown six consecutive quality starts and has a 1.79 ERA with a 44:14 K:BB over 40.1 innings in that span. With the Biogenesis news dying out and Gio throwing well, you should be able to score a pretty penny for him in a trade which is still what I think you should do. You could probably get a solid position player and a decent starter in return.
|Carlos Corporan, C HOU||0-4, 4 K|
|Ryan Howard, 1B PHI||0-4, 3 K|
|Brad Hawpe, OF LAA||0-4, 3 K|
|Jake Westbrook, SP STL||L, 13.50 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 3 K|
|Trevor Cahill, SP ARI||L, 12.46 ERA, 2.54 WHIP, 3 K|
Yup, same ol’ same. My only question is how long this balky knee going to affect Ryan Howard before they force him to have surgery.
Willie Bloomquist, SS ARI – hand (day to day)
Jordan Schafer, OF ATL – ankle (day to day)
Stephen Drew, SS BOS – hamstring (day to day)
Jon Lester, SP BOS – hip (questionable for July 3 start)
Paul Konerko, 1B CHW – back (day to day)
Ryan Hanigan, C CIN – ankle (day to day)
Scott Kazmir, SP CLE – back (questionable for July 3 start)
Dexter Fowler, OF COL – wrist (day to day)
Mike Trout, OF LAA – hamstring (day to day)
Peter Bourjos, OF LAA – thumb (expected to go on 15-day DL)
Josh Willingham, OF MIN – knee (day to day)
Coco Crisp, OF OAK – back (day to day)
John Jaso, C OAK – hand (day to day)
Jarrod Parker, SP OAK – hamstring (questionable for July 4 start)
Kyle Kendrick, SP PHI – head (questionable for July 6 start)
Joaquin Arias, 3B SF – hamstring (day to day)
Marco Scutaro, 2B SF – back (day to day)
Dustin Ackley, 2B SEA – thumb (day to day)
Michael Saunders, OF SEA – finger (day to day)
Matt Adams, 1B STL – illness (day to day)
Evan Longoria, 3B TB – foot (day to day)
Lance Berkman, 1B TEX – knee (day to day)
Mark DeRosa, 3B TOR – neck (day to day)
Adam Lind, 1B TOR – back (day to day)
Ross Detwiler, SP WAS – back (questionable for July 3 start)
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