No. 10-Fantasy owners who have suffered through the Cubs’ poor run support of Ryan Dempster were treated to a new address for the veteran righty at the trade deadline. Dempster should be a nice addition for the Rangers and figures to offer your fantasy squad an equal boost. Dempster is a pro who will not be phased by the pressure of a playoff run.
No. 9-In case you haven’t been paying attention to the Sharks advice and you haven’t already snatched up the Royals’ Greg Holland, you can’t put it off any longer. Holland became the closer by default Tuesday afternoon when Jonathan Broxton was moved to the Reds. Sure the Royals don’t win very often and the save opportunities will be sparse, but Holland was already as good of a middle relief contributor as there was in fantasy baseball before the expanded role.
No. 8-We talked about Roy Oswalt’s recent struggles yesterday and today the Rangers announced that Oswalt was being relegated to bullpen duty. If you hadn’t already given up on Oswalt already, now is the time.
No. 7-Cliff Lee was able to notch win number two on the season on the day the Phillies waved the white flag on the 2012 season. Lee wasn’t part of the fire sale as the asking price for the crafty lefty was too rich for any potential suitors.
No. 6-Allen Craig continues to be a nice surprise this season when he can stay healthy. The versatile Cardinal has been a solid contributor when he is in the lineup and delivered a three hit, three runs batted in evening in a 11-6 win over the Rockies.
No. 5-Justin Verlander has been phenomenal again this season, but has fallen on tough luck of late. Tuesday marked his second straight loss as the Red Sox got to him for three earned runs in five innings of a rain shortened game.
No. 4-The Phillies did their part on Tuesday to help Stephen Strausburg extend his “inning-limited” season by chasing the Nats’ starter after only four innings. The National League East is a two team race with the Braves quickly gaining on the Nationals on the heels of a seven game winning streak. It will be interesting to see how the Nationals choose to approach the stretch run and potential post season with Strasburg.
No. 3-Jose Reyes ran his hitting streak to eighteen games with a first inning single off of the Braves’ Kris Medlen. Reyes has seen his batting average climb fourteen points over the hitting streak and isn’t showing any signs off missing Hanley Ramirez in the Marlins”‘ lineup.
No. 2-After a potential trade to the Reds fell through, Denard Span suited up for the Twins and delivered a four hit night with a run batted in and stolen base. Span is having a nice season, but his lack of power and run production still make him a spot start or fill-in at best.
No. 1-After his second consecutive slow start to the season, Albert Pujols topped the twenty home run plateau with two solo shots against the Rangers. Pujols continues to deliver first round dividends despite the slow starts.