So we’ve been talking about the calm before the storm with regard to the upcoming trade deadline, but the storm is actually much bigger than just trades as we’ve been hit with more talk of Biogenesis suspensions and even more injuries. This has all the earmarks of being a very tumultuous week, so you’ll need to pay attention now more than ever. There’s a lot of unrest you’re going to have to deal with so let’s look at a few news items and then hit the stats from Sunday.
Probably the biggest news coming down the pipe is that additional Biogenesis suspensions are actually supposed to be handed out this week. While most involved, such as Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, Everth Cabrera, and Nelson Cruz, will receive 50-game suspensions, there’s been a whole lot of talk about Alex Rodriguez facing an even harsher penalty, i.e. a suspension that carries over through the end of the 2014 season. Apparently, his involvement with Biogenesis was more extensive than the rest of them and with $86 million still owed to him, there will likely be many a battle to prevent him from collecting all of it.
The big news on the injury front is that Albert Pujols may miss the entire rest of the regular season with his case of plantar fasciitis. If the Angels have any hope of making the playoffs, they’re going to want to have him as fresh as possible, but given his numbers this season, even he may not be enough to carry them through a playoff series. The impact for owners in re-draft leagues is fairly significant, but keeper league owners probably still have time to trade him to someone looking towards next year, if they’re in contention, that is.
Jake Peavy continues to be a hot trade commodity and the A’s and Red Sox seem to be the two clubs who have expressed the greatest interest. Not sure how trusting I would be if I were a GM as he’s definitely injury prone and has thrown just one quality start in his last four outings. He may have made 32 starts last season, but he failed to make more than 20 in each of the three seasons prior to that. When it comes to Peavy, it’s the recent track record that counts most for me.
The Phillies officially became sellers on the market after losing seven straight on Saturday and general manager Ruben Amaro contacted a number of teams to inform them of Michael Young’s availability as well as a number of other players on the team who just might be made available. You have to figure that Carlos Ruiz and Delmon Young’s names have been added to the list, as well as hurlers like Kyle Kendrick and maybe even Jonathan Papelbon.
And as I write this, just announced was the Detroit/Houston trade where the Tigers picked up Jose Veras. It’s probably safe to assume that Joaquin Benoit stays in the closer’s role, but if he stumbles at all, I could see Jim Leyland giving a quick hook and trying out Veras in the role. For those looking for the new ninth inning man in Houston, it looks like Jose Cisnero is the guy to own, but also keep an eye on Hector Ambriz as he too could find himself in the mix for saves.
As for stat highlights from Sunday…
Fantasy Beast of the Day
|Nick Franklin, 2B SEA||3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI|
While I don’t see the .215 ISO lasting, there’s plenty to like about what Nick Franklin has done in the short time he’s been in the majors. The strikeout rate is a little too high, but his walk rate is solid and the .324 BABIP is pretty much in line with his recent history so I don’t expect the average to really drop off much, if at all. He’s been a solid add for people this season and if he’s cost-effective enough, could be a solid option for the next .
|Wil Myers, OF TB||2-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI|
|Denard Span, OF WAS||4-4, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI|
|Alfonso Soriano, OF NYY||4-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI|
|Tyson Ross, SP SD||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 7 K|
|Jose Fernandez, SP MIA||W, 2.25 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, 13 K|
So Wil Myers is certainly starting to deliver on all his promise as he’s currently working a nine-game hit streak with eight multi-hit performances. He’s currently hitting .474 (18-for-38) with four home runs, 11 RBI, nine runs scored and a pair of stolen bases over that span and while this two-homer game is a nice capper, it’s certainly not over yet.
After going 96 games this year without a home run, Denard Span now has a dinger in back-to-back games here with four runs scored and four RBI. Obviously he’s not known for hitting with any power, but fantasy owners should be grateful for anything they get out of him since he’s not hitting for average or stealing bases these days.
Would it be safe to say that Alfonso Soriano likes being back with the Yankees? He may have started with a 0-for-8 with one RBI, but Sunday’s performance just wiped it all away and even now has him hitting .308 as a Yankee. Gotta love that small sample size!
Tyson Ross seems to like being back in the Padres rotation as Sunday’s three-hit shutout of the Phillies gave him consecutive quality starts and he’s now allowed just one runs over 14 innings and has a 13:3 K:BB between the two outings. He’s still a little green which makes me want to sit him against the Yankees this week, but then again, these are not your father’s Yankees.
And look out Jose Fernandez! Oh baby, 13 strikeouts look beeee-yoooo-ti-ful. He’s been extremely impressive all season long and should prove to be a huge asset at least until they say that he’s being shut down for the year because the Marlins have nothing to play for and they don’t want to ruin his arm.
|Brandon Belt, 1B SF||0-4, 4 K|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B LAD||0-4, 3 K|
|Dan Uggla, 2B ATL||0-4, 3 K|
|Carlos Torres, SP/RP NYM||L, 24.00 ERA, 3.33 WHIP, 2 K|
|Phil Hughes, SP NYY||ND, 11.25 ERA, 2.75 WHIP, 4 K|
Nothing really to say about the lows today, although my disappointment in Brandon Belt grows a little bit more each day.
Jason Kubel, OF ARI – back (day to day)
Reed Johnson, OF ATL – Achilles (day to day)
Carlos Gonzalez, OF COL – finger (day to day)
Jose Altuve, 2B HOU – quad (day to day)
J.D. Martinez, OF HOU – wrist (15-day DL)
Lorenzo Cain, OF KC – groin (day to day)
Albert Pujols, 1B LAA – foot (15-day DL)
Carl Crawford, OF LAD – illness (day to day)
Jean Segura, SS MIL – forearm (day to day)
Brian Dozier, 2B MIN – back (day to day)
Michael McKenry, C PIT – knee (day to day)
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