It was a good day to be a star player coming off the DL as Jimmy Rollins, Huston Street and Nelson Cruz all rejoined their respective teams on Tuesday, but you won't find any of that in Rounding The Bases. What you will find is news about a slump buster, one surging young pitcher, one hard on his luck, and one senior citizen who is still getting it done. That and so much more as you read Wednesday's edition of Rounding The Bases.
Colby Rasmus broke out of an 0-15 slump in a big way as a pinch hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays as he parked his 14th homer of the season in the bleachers. This is now four homers in the last ten games for the second year outfielder for the Cardinals as he has shown this year that the future is very bright. Rasmus has a great combination of speed and power that should be very valuable to fantasy players for a long time. He was a steal late in drafts this year, but he will have to be selected much earlier in 2011 if you want to enjoy his production again.
Scott Podsednik continues to be a source of a pretty good batting average and a fair amount of steals as well. Podsednik also drove in three runs on Tuesday, which brings his season total to a very respectable 31 on the year. He is on pace to crush his career high in runs batted in, his batting average is in a good place, and his steals are among the league leaders. Podsednik might not have been a guy that you were considering on draft day, but as of right now he is doing plenty more than enough to warrant consideration to be on your team if you need some speed and some batting average to go with it.
Jamie Moyer is seriously closing in on 50 years old, but he still is able to get it done against certain teams. Moyer won his eighth game of the season on Tuesday as he allowed just one run on two hits over eight innings and struck out five. Moyer is no longer a guy that you want on your roster on a regular basis, however, if he is a two start pitcher in a week or has a matchup against a horrible team like the Indians he isn't a bad guy to use on a pitch and ditch basis as he is still capable of shutting teams down when the circumstances are right. He is a freak of nature to even be on the mound anymore, but Moyer is still getting it done for a team with championship aspirations.
Mat Latos is on an incredible roll that he kept up on Tuesday as he hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since April 26th. Latos won his eighth game of the season, shutting down the Rays over seven innings and striking out eight. This is now nine straight starts that he has struck out at least five batters and his ERA sits at an impressive 2.93. I really thought it would be one more year before we saw this type of production from Latos, but he has definitely arrived in the major leagues as of now and should be treated as keeper league gold.
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The hard luck loser against Latos was Wade Davis who ran into some control problems and lost his fourth straight start, and his seventh out of nine. However, outside of a start against the Red Sox and one against the Rangers, Davis hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since April 27th. He deserves better than what he has gotten so far and I think that you should stick with him through this tough spot as I think he will be a better pitcher on the other side. Perhaps you don't start Davis against the better teams in the American League, but I don't think you should let go of him by any stretch.
Julio Borbon is starting to hit much better, although I want to see him steal more bases. A day after a four hit game, Borbon had his second home run of the season and drove in three more runs. He hasn't quite lived up to expectations just yet, but he is showing signs and you need to make moves ahead of hot streaks if you hope to grab young players. This might be the time to pick up Borbon if you are in need of a reasonable batting average and a good amount of speed.
Jhoulys Chacin had one of his better starts in a while as he kept the Red Sox shutout over 6.2 innings and struck out five. He has done a reasonable job since being put in the starting rotation after the injury to Jorge De La Rosa, but I wonder what will happen when DLR is ready to return. He has a very bright future ahead of him, but I am concerned that Chacin will be sent back to the minors in Colorado Springs when their injured starter is ready to return. For now continue to trot him out there every five days, but be wary that perhaps in the very near future he could be heading back to the minors.
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