No. 10-After a small 0 for 17 mini slump Carlos Gonzalez got back on track Monday with a single hit. He continued the hit parade on Tuesday against the Brewers with a multi-hit outing.
No. 9-Josh Johnson threw another great game on Tuesday, but was the tough luck loser in a 1-0 game with the Phillies where the only run scored was on a Jimmy Rollins solo home run. Johnson tossed eight innings of three hit ball, but got no run support from the hapless Marlins.
No. 8-The Orioles rookie sensation Manny Machado was held hitless for the first time in the big leagues this season. He has been scooped up in many leagues, but if he has slipped through the cracks, grab him now for some late season middle infield help.
No. 7-Owners waiting for Joey Votto to return to their lineup must be discouraged by the news of his re-injury and subsequent follow up surgery. Votto has said that he will not return to the field until he can fully return and refuses to put a timetable on his return. Paging Todd Frazier!
No. 6-The Rangers were shutout by Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda was spectacular going the distance while allowing only two hits and striking out five.
No. 5-Jason Kipnis returned to action on Tuesday after getting several days off. The Nationals are expected to activate Ian Desmond later this week. Fantasy owners who have limped as their second basemen missed time will welcome them back eagerly.
No. 4-If you have the roster space and are looking to make some late season speculative adds to boost your team’s strikeouts or stolen bases you may want to take a look at these potential September callups. The Pirates’ Gerrit Cole seems to be destined to get some late season starts and is the kind of power pitcher to bolster your strikeout numbers. Billy Hamilton is a speedster who utilizes that single weapon to be a viable contributor.
No. 3-A week after being booed off the mound in Boston, Josh Beckett was probably happy to take the mound on the road. Sox fans were disappointed just the same. Tuesday night’s outing was the latest in a long season of disappointment for Beckett as he was touched up by the Orioles for six earned runs in only 5 1/3 innings.
No. 2-The Mark Reynolds we are all accustomed to is back hitting three home runs in his last four hits. Reynolds pounded two home runs on Tuesday against the Red Sox.
No. 1-Desmond Jennings fell out of favor with many fantasy owners after a rough first half, but has recovered of late and is putting up the kind of numbers that were expected out of him on draft day. Jennings has hit in seven straight games and is capable of putting numbers in each category for your team.