#10 – Chris Johnson has been on fire lately, and the Houston Astros used that streak to flip him for more prospects. This is a very good trade for both sides and is a modest bump to Johnson’s prospects. If you’re in need of a short term fix at corner infield (looking at you Jose Bautista owners), pick him up.
#9 – Speaking of the Astros, streamers, get on Marco Estrada. The Milwaukee Brewers have been a mess lately, but despite finally getting off the
Sunday, the Astros are still the worst team in the league.
#8 – I may have been later to the Drew Stubbs party than I wanted to be, but I’ll take a weekend where he hit .250 with four runs scored, two home runs, five runs batted in and a stolen base. This capped a .367, nine-run, three-home run, 10-runs batted in, three-stolen base week. Let’s see if he can keep this hot streak going …
#7 – No, Carlos Gomez won’t keep this up. But, yes, pick him up until he cools off.
#6 – Doug Fister is doing his best impersonation of second-half 2011 Fister. After a frustratingly unhealthy first half, he has yielded just six earned runs over 30 innings pitched in his four starts (3-1) since the break to go along with 31 strikeouts to just four walks.
#5 – Looks like we’re in the midst of another Garrett Jones hot streak. Outside of one big game at Coors Field, he had been mostly silent since the All-Star break (after tearing the cover off the ball leading up to it), but is now .333 with four runs scored, three home runs and six runs batted in over his last six games. With the poor Chicago Cubs pitching staff and the bandbox in Cincinnati up next (he has had success against every starter on the Reds except for Mat Latos, who is struggling) a big week may be on tap
#4 – A pitching matchup to watch – Max Scherzer vs. Clay Buchholz in Boston. Both of these arms are on the brink of being labeled ‘reliable,’ but a strong performance against a formidable opponent in a hitter’s park will push them over the top.
#3 – Logan Morrison is having surgery on his knee a little over 4 months after hurting it. Yeah, that makes sense.
#2 – I didn’t think James McDonald was as good as he was doing, so I sold him in June. I am surprised by the dramatic fall lately, though. He has lost his location and it’s killing him. I hope it’s not an injury, but he’s a ‘bench’ until he proves otherwise.
#1 – Last call for Greg Holland! We’ve reminded you over and over again for weeks that Jonathan Broxton should be dealt and yet Holland is still only 11 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues and a paltry 2.9 percent in ESPN leagues. Fix it!