#10 – There’s a lot of buzz in the Windy City with the call-up’s of Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. This is a whole lot of nothing to see here as far as our game is concerned. Over a full year Jackson looks like a 10-15 type with an anchor of a batting average (striking out 1/3 of his AB’s at AAA) hitting 6th or 7th in the lineup, limiting counting stats. In other words, what Brian Bogusevic is on pace for. Vitters is a little more interesting long term because the post hype sleeper’s raw power finally came alive this year, but having been as slow developing as he’s been expecting him to quickly transition to MLB pitching is wishful thinking.
#9 – Lots of who should I start decisions this week with Evan Longoria, Brett Lawrie, and Colby Rasmus all iffy. Since the Rays want Longoria back to stay in the playoff hunt unless there’s a setback he’s in, so I’m more willing to gamble. The other two? The Blue Jays are dead and gone, so I see them exercising caution. I’m benching them.
#8 – Umm, Matt Harvey? What was that? Breakout first performance followed by a trip to Petco and you lay that egg? Quick trigger, maybe, but I struggle to roster players I don’t trust starting and kids who struggle in Petco are difficult to trust!
#7 – Fairly sure that if you told me I would write about Chris Johnson three times over the course of a week in March I would laugh at you, but here we are.
#6 – After a frigid cold return from the All Star break many, myself included thought the mirage that was A.J. Pierzynski’s first half had come to a crashing hault. Then he hit 5 home runs in consectuvie games. What the…
#5 – Aroldis Chapman is just outside the top 50 in strikeouts as of August 5th in just 53 2/3 IP’s. Incredible.
#4 – A bounce back year for A.J. Burnett looked in the cards, but this is exceeding even the rosiest of expectations. Over his last four starts, all wins, he has pitched 32 2/3 IP (more than 8 IP’s per start) 23 K 7 BB 1.38 ERA o.70 WHIP.
#3 – Jose Bautista had a setback in his rehab from his mysterious wrist injury, I’d expect him back before the end of the season but an August return can probably be ruled out.
#2 – He could be very good someday, but I cannot get behind Starling Marte yet. Like the minors, too many K’s and not enough walks. He might pop a handful of home runs and swipe as many bags, but it will come at the expense of his avg, for a leadoff hitter his runs will be low because of his low OBP, and batting behind the pitcher the RBI won’t be there either. I dumped him and am rolling with a combo of Carlos Gomez, Lorenzo Cain Drew Stubbs, and David Murphy for 3 spots. I feel good about that.
#1 – Last, but not least. Streamers! Rather than punt and take a Petco arm, I’m going with Scott Diamond. The young lefty dominated the Indians (who struggle vs. lefties) to kick off their 9 game losing streak and squeezed a quality start vs. the White Sox in between. Enjoy!