Ryan Vogelsong had a rare bad outing. The San Francisco success story was roughed up for five runs in five innings, but did fan eight in a 5-0 loss against Pittsburgh. He has been a model of consistency and should remain started in all formats.
Shane Victorino helped Philadelphia knock off the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-3, with three hits, three runs scored and a home run. This is his third home run in August already. Watch for any suspension, however. Major League Baseball has suspended him for three games for his role in a bench-clearing brawl Friday at San Francisco. He is appealing the suspension, though.
Pittsburgh’s Charlie Morton threw eight shutout innings in a 5-0 win at San Francisco to win his ninth game of the year. He is yet to allow a run in August and is rebounding nicely from a sub-par July.
Houston’s Wandy Rodriguez returned to the .500 mark by allowing only two hits during his six innings pitched and struck out five in a 9-1 win at Arizona. Quality starts have been somewhat rare of late, so owners should be pleased with Wandy’s solid road outing.
Nelson Cruz continues to hack in Texas. He added three hits, three runs batted in, two runs and a home run in a 9-2 win over Seattle. Cruz has been solid this season, but was hitless over his last three games before Monday’s contest.
David Ortiz showed the Minnesota Twins who their “Papi” is by clubbing them with four hits, three runs batted in, three runs scored, and a home run in Boston’s 8-6 win at Minnesota. The Boston slugger has begun August with a bang and is putting together a commendable season.
Quietly, Casey Kotchman has sparked the Tampa Bay Rays’ offense this August. The veteran first baseman was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, a run scored, and a home run as Tampa Bay beat Kansas City, 2-1. This was Kotchman’s third home run and fifth multi-hit game of the month, which has raised his average to an attractive .341.
Injuries have hampered David Wright’s 2011 season. However, the New York Mets third baseman went 2-for-5 with a home run, three runs batted in, and two runs scored to lead the Mets over the San Diego Padres, 9-8. Owners have been disappointed this season with Wright, but he has a chance to redeem himself during the fantasy playoffs with a hot streak.
The first six players in Colorado’s batting order had multi-hit games on Monday as Colorado won at Cincinnati, 10-7. Seth Smith led the way with two home runs, two runs scored, and four runs batted in.
Jay Bruce has cooled since the All-Star Break, but did hit his 22nd home run and add four runs batted in a 10-7 loss against Colorado. Bruce is still playing well, but the early season power stroke seems to have diminished. However, continue to start him in case he catches fire again.
J.J. Hardy has been one of Baltimore’s bright spots. The shortstop has produced when healthy and went 3-for-5 with a home run, a run scored, and four runs batted in in Baltimore’s 7-6 loss against Chicago. Hardy has been a sleeper that has continually produced at a shallow position this season.
In injury news, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Unless owners have the bye locked up, this injury couldn’t come at a worse time with the fantasy season winding down. Continue to monitor Reyes’ status and keep your fingers crossed for a quick return to the lineup.