#10 – After returning from the DL and only connecting on one extra base hit in his first 14 games, Pablo Sandoval has found his stroke to the tune of 11/30 with six extra base hits and 2 home runs over the last 10 days. That breakout you saw in April? He’s going to be in for a big second half.
#9 – 5 batters faced, 4 walks. Joe Maddon gets heap of praise for his managerial skills, but what was he thinking leaving him out there in a tight game? To those few holding out hope of Fernando Rodney falling flat on his face and a second half resurgence from Farnsworth, take the queue and drop him.
#8 – The Indians scored 12 runs, must’ve faced a righty. Hello, Ervin Santana!
#7 – Oakland A’s closer Ryan Cook nailed down the save and the sweep of the Red Sox in impressive fashion closing the door in just 7 pitches. After a blip in the radar vs. San Francisco two weeks ago Cook hasn’t given up a run since.
#6 – That troublesome knee that almost caused me to sell Giancarlo Stanton for $0.50 on the dollar in April? Well, it’s resurfaced, and I’m regretting not pursuing a buyer in May or June again. If he avoids the DL I’d see if there’s a buyer out there over the All Star break.
#5 – Welcome to The Show, Anthony Rizzo! 3 home runs in hisn first 8 games and hitting an OPS north of 1,000. It looks like take 2 is going to go much better than his debut in 2011.
#4 – And, you too, Yasmani Grandal! He clubbed his 4th home run in 5 games since getting the call, all Padres wins. Owners in 2 catcher leagues, run don’t walk to the wire and get him.
#3 – As poorly as the Tigers have played it’s still great to watch them every fifth day when Justin Verlander takes the bump. Yea, it was just the Twins, but ut was a masterful complete game.
#2 – Dee Gordon looks to be done until at least after the All Star break after inexplicably stealing 3rd (he was thrown out) with none out and jamming both of his thumbs on the slide. His owners are not complaining about the 30 steal first half, but he has really been a one category player as he’s only crossed the plate 36 times because of a pathetic OBP of .280.
#1 – Cliff Lee won! We’ve been telling you to buy low for weeks and that window may have closed with a typical Cliff Lee performance on America’s birthday – 8 IP 2 ER 9 K 1 BB. It looked like he was going to be hung as the hard lucked loser again, but the Phillies bats woke up in the 7th inning and posted 9 runs in the final 2 frames.