Although his season has been littered with a few nagging injuries, Brad Lidge is definitely having a fairly solid season. He converted his 19th game of the year with just five blown and the rest of his numbers are a huge improvement from 2009. LIdge had an ERA over 7.00 last season, and while it still isn't great he has it down to 3.57 in 2010. His strikeouts are on a better rate and he isn't walking nearly as many batters. I am not saying that he will be an elite closer next year, but Lidge should be a little more trustworthy in 2011.
C.C. Sabathia won his sixth straight decision and is absolutely rolling again in 2010 in the second half. He one hit the A's over eight innings and struck out five batters. Previous to that start he had struck out at least eight in three straight outings. With a 19-5 record and an ERA just barely above 3.00, Sabathia has a real chance at the Cy Young Award in the American League.
Curtis Granderson was one of the Yankees big additions in the offseason, but he has been a very big disappointment. Granderson hit two home runs on Thursday, giving him 17 on the season, but he has driven in just 49 runs on the year. I know that he ruined a lot of people's hopes this season, but I think that he will have a nice bounceback in 2011 and can be a guy you can use as your third outfielder.
It must be nice for those fantasy players who have sat on Chase Utley's injury all those months to have him back in the lineup. He hit his 12th homer of the season on Thursday and with the two runs he drove in yesterday, he now has eight RBI in the past two days. He is an absolute stud and it was awful having to do without him, but hopefully your team treaded water long enough without Utley that he can help you now that the playoffs are about to start.
Carlos Gonzalez has gone from sleeper to possible first round pick in just a single year as his onslaught on National League pitching continued on Thursday night. Gonzalez hit his 31st homer of the season and he now has 93 RBI on the year. He is now hitting .332 making him a possible triple crown threat in the future. This kid still could get a little better and is definitely a number one outfielder in 2011.
I'm not really sure how, but Daisuke Matsuzaka is now 9-4 after a win on Thursday. If this guy could get his control down, he could be one of the better pitchers in fantasy again. His ERA is still a little high at 4.29, but he isn't that far off of having a strikeout an inning, and opponents are hitting just .233 against him. Going into next year Dice could be a guy that you end up taking pretty late in the draft that could help your team. He might not even be one of your top four of five pitchers and probably shouldn't be, but if he is healthy and can limit his walks even a little he could win 15 games with 160 strikeouts.
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