No. 10-Josh Hamilton had been mired in a slump that had some fantasy owners concerned. Considering his career .212 batting average against the Angels’ Ervin Santana, Monday didn’t look very promising for a resurgence. Hamilton proved conventional wisdom wrong, by collecting three hits with a home run while scoring twice.
No. 9-Roy Oswalt and his chronic back issues continue to be an issue. A week after receiving a cortisone shot for back stiffness, Oswalt was hit hard by the Angels surrendering eight earned runs on eleven hits.
No. 8-Bad Max reared his head again Monday night. The enigmatic Max Scherzer managed to strikeout nine Red Sox, but he also struggled while allowing five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.
No. 7- Yeah James McDonald is struggling to find the same success he had earlier in the season, but the benefit of a waiver wire wonder like McDonald is that you are willing to quickly bench him while he works things out. How many of you keep running Tim Lincecum out there every start because his name is Tim Lincecum?
No. 6-The Angels had another offensive explosion, putting up fifteen runs on the Rangers. Kendrys Morales was opportunistic, driving in six runs with two home runs in the game.
No.5-Clay Bucholz turned in his third straight impressive performance Monday night. If you are looking for pitching help down the stretch, you could certainly do worse.
No.4-Yonder Alonso is wrapping up a strong July. Monday Alonso went 4-for-5 with a run batted in. He continues to disappoint in the power department, but if he can continue to the close out the season with this type improvement it may be the building block he needs to be a more consistent contributor next season.
No.3-If you are looking for some cheap steals to climb in the standings, Ben Revere would make a good addition. The speedy Twins’ outfielder has hit in thirteen straight games and continues to put himself in position to swipe more bases.
No.2-Young rookies often struggle in their initial call up. Mike Trout had his lumps last season and the Pirates’ Starling Marte has had some ups and downs in his brief time in the majors. He has the makeup and tools to be a fantasy mainstay for years to come, but don’t hitch your hopes for this season on the youngster.
No.1-Today is trade day. Keep a close eye on how things unfold and be ready to make some strategic moves through the day to improve your team.