No. 10-No one does more with less than Felix Hernandez. King Felix was at it again on Monday earning a 1-0 victory with a five hit, complete game shutout gem. The victory was his ninth in his last nine decisions running his record to 13-5.
No. 9-If you have been patiently waiting for David Ortiz to return from the disabled list and to your lineup…sorry. After being activated and promptly smacking two hits late last week, Ortiz was put back on the disabled list Monday with an Achilles strain. At this point, his availability for the remainder of the season is in question.
No. 8-The Yankees battled in to extra innings with the Blue Jays behind an impressive power barrage. The Yankees two home runs from Robinson Cano and one a piece from Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher to stay in the game, but it proved to not be enough as the Blue Jays clawed out the win in eleven innings.
No. 7-The Rays’ David Price is having a Cy Young award winning type season, but he was hit hard by the Rangers on Monday evening. Price only lasted four innings allowing ten hits and six earned runs.
No.6-Jason Heyward has put together an impressive season and is one stolen base from his first 20-20 season. After his hit on Monday, Heyward has now hit in ten of his last twelve games. If he can close the season on the hot streak that he has been on of late he will see his stock rise going in to next season.
No. 5-When it come to Mike Trout your best bet might be to move the fences back. Not just the fences in the outfield, but the fences built by conventional wisdom. While we find ourselves knocking on the door of September, Trout has yet to show any signs of hitting the “rookie wall.” Trout will have his name called at the top of may drafts next season.
No. 4-Josh Beckett may have traded in his fried chicken for Dodger Dogs, but his mediocre season continues in his new confines. Beckett was pulled in the sixth after allowing three earned runs on seven hits to the Rockies.
No. 3-Daniel Murphy’s versatility allows him to find a way to get on the field nearly everyday, but lately he can’t use that resourcefulness to get on base. Murphy was banged up over the weekend and could use the time of rest to re-focus after only being four for his last thirty eight. Don’t be afraid to let him go and try your luck with a hotter hand.
No. 2-Matt Holliday smacked his twenty fourth home run last night and is quietly having a very good fantasy season. Holliday has often been cited for swinging so hard he would hit eight run home runs, but he still manages to display the discipline that it requires to be a consistent .300 hitter.
No. 1-A few days after hitting for the cycle for the second time in his career, Adrian Beltre was raking again on Monday. Beltre belted another home run and drove in four more runs in the Rangers victory.