Well I certainly hope this column finds you well; with a belly full of beer and brats and all appendages still attached. While many of us were able to take some time off to spend the holiday with family and friends, those who play professional baseball for a living still had to punch the clock on Thursday and put in an honest day’s work. Some did a real nice job of it, some, not so much. Since my hangover is currently the size of the great state of Montana, allow me to be brief here when I dish out the highlights.
Fantasy Beast of the Day
|Brett Wallace, 1B HOU||3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI|
Right? Brett Wallace? I thought he was dead too. Or at least in the minors. But lo and behold he is still playing major league ball for the Astros and as the good ol’ adage says, “sometime the sun shines on a dog’s….” ah well, you know what it is. Some might be inclined to give him a look since he’s 8-for-28 (.286) since being recalled from Triple-A, but I’m not one of them. Surely, you can do better at first and the corner infield than that. I don’t care how deep your league is.
|Austin Jackson, OF DET||4-5, 4 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B TEX||3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI|
|Wilson Ramos, C WAS||3-4, R, HR, 5 RBI|
|Dan Straily, SP OAK||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 6 K|
|Cole Hamels, SP PHI||W, 1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 8 K|
Austin Jackson brought his own brand of fireworks to the ballpark yesterday with his first multi-hit game since June 23rd. It’s good to see him get back on track as his average is now apparently the best part of his game. He’ll still score a bunch of runs in that lineup so long as he keeps that OBP up (.376 right now is pretty tasty) but does anyone else have a problem with the fact that he hasn’t stolen a base since June 16th? Two years in a row of under-20 stolen bases should be a bit of an issue for his owners, dontcha think?
Adrian Beltre! Phew! I was beginning to wonder since I had traded for him just prior to his 22-game homerless drought. While it hasn’t been a total disaster as he’s managed to keep his average up, the power outage was a little tough to take. Hopefully, with the monkey off his back, he can go back to pushing for a third straight 30-home rseason.
Looks like Wilson Ramos picked the right day to make his return. Fireworks in the sky, fireworks at the plate. Now that he’s healthy, he’s sure to be a hot pick-up in fantasy leagues given some of the disasters we’ve seen at the catcher position – and that includes his partner in crime Kurt Suzuki.
It was a great outing for Dan Straily once again, but the question of whether he sticks in the majors is always an issue. Back and forth to Sacramento doesn’t exactly instill confidence within the fantasy community, does it? I suppose we should also take into account that he did it against a pretty poor Cubs team too. If he does get another start next week, he’s looking at the Pirates who should do a bit more damage against the young right-hander.
And finally, hooray for Cole Hamels. Has this just not been a horror-show of a year for him? He was coming off of back to back mediocre outings, his ratios are still feeling the effects of a miserable April and the guy has a record of 3-11. Brutal, considering where he was drafted in most leagues. But while I believe that this is just one of those years where digging himself out of the hole is going to be too daunting a task, I still think he makes for a great buy-low. His peripherals might not be up to par with what he’s done in years past, but they do still indicate that he is a much better pitcher than his numbers show. If the owner in your league is sour on him, make the move and pick him up.
|Giancarlo Stanton, OF MIA||0-5, 3 K|
|Juan Lagares, OF NYM||0-4, 3 K|
|Chris Davis, 1B BAL||0-4, 3 K|
|Kyle Gibson, SP MIN||L, 13.50 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, 2 K|
|Esmil Rogers, SP TOR||L, 12.60 ERA, 2.60 WHIP, 4 K|
Would the definition of irony be the fact that Chris Davis and Giancarlo Stanton, two of the biggest power hitters in the game, combine to go 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts on a day filled with fireworks?
And welcome back to Earth, Kyle Gibson. Your table is right over here….in the corner…..near the bathroom entrance…..next to the busboy side station.
Stephen Drew, SS BOS – hamstring (day to day)
Brian Bogusevic, OF CHC – hamstring (day to day)
Jesse Crain, RP CHW – shoulder (15-day DL)
Paul Konerko, 1B CHW – back (15-day DL)
Carlos Gonzalez, OF COL – back (day to day)
Jorge De La Rosa, SP COL – finger (questionable for July 5 start)
Miguel Cabrera, 3B DET – back (day to day)
Omar Infante, 2B DET – shin (day to day)
Alex Gordon, OF KC – head, hip (day to day; supposed to avoid DL)
Jarrod Parker, SP OAK – hamstring (questionable for July 6 start)
Kyle Blanks, OF SD – heel (day to day)
Marco Scutaro, 2B SF – back (day to day)
Michael Saunders, OF SEA – finger (day to day)
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over a decade on a variety of web sites. You can find his personal musings on RotobuzzGuy.com and for questions, thoughts or comments, you can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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