Let’s take a dive!
Hunter Pence quietly continued his very productive season with his 9th home run along with three hits and 4 RBI’s. Pence has raised his average 45 points since May 18th and currently owns a 23 game hitting streak.
Who is Jordan Schafer? Well, you better learn this Braves’ name before your opponend snags him. Schafer hit his first home run of the season on Monday night, but also has swiped 5 bases this week. He is currently leading off for Atlanta and may help your team with stolen base and run categories in deep leagues.
Wandy Rodriguez returned from the DL impressively with six shutout innings and five strikeouts against a hot Atlanta offense. Way-Rod has six straight quality starts and a strong K rate, but may not be a consistent contributor of wins due to Houston’s lackluster offense.
Milwaukee’s Randy Wolf and Chicago’s Ryan Dempster nearly cloned each other’s performances as both pitchers pitched seven innings with seven strikeouts. Both have been relatively decent lately, but are also subject to spontaneous blowups. Wolf and Dempster are worth owning, but start with caution against certain offenses.
Arizona packed on 12 runs against the Florida Marlins. Surprisingly, their only homerun was hit by starting pitcher Zach Duke. Duke was also slammed for seven runs in 4.2 innings.
Ricky Nolasco watched his ERA rocket from 3.86 to 4.23 in one outing as Arizona pounded him for eight hits and five earned runs (9 runs total) in only three innings of work. Nolasco was shellacked a few weeks ago by Los Angeles and has failed to show consistency this season.
Miguel Montero and Justin Upton led Arizona’s offensive onslaught with three hits each. Montero also tallied 4 RBI’s , while Upton added 2 RBI’s. Both players are off to solid starts in a hitter-friendly ballpark.
Both Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb and Detroit’s Phil Coke pitched well against each other, but failed to factor in the decision. Instead, Kyle Farnsworth blew his second save of the season. The Tampa Bay closer has been very consistent and is suffering from the flu, which may be a reason for his struggles on Monday.
Paul Maholm earned his third win to improve to 3-7. Don’t dismiss him by simply looking at his record as Maholm sports a 3.12 ERA and has three scoreless outings in his last four appearances.
Carlos Carrasco and A.J. Burnett battled in a pitcher’s duel as the Tribe visited Yankee Stadium. Both pitchers. Carrasco topped the Yanks with seven scoreless innings and seven strikeouts, while Burnett threw 7.2 with eight strikeouts and only allowed one run. This was Carrasco’s second dominating performance in a row and be may be worth an add in most leagues.
Vernon Wells has disappointed in Anaheim this year, but did blast two home runs on Monday. Regardless, the Angels’ outfielder is only hitting .196, which is a far cry from his 2010 season in Toronto.
Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy has cooled down as he is now hitless in six games. Lucroy only pinch hit on Monday, but now is 0 for his last 14 at bats. The Brew Crew’s catcher is likely to spend more time on the pine if his struggles continue.
Derek Jeter may have to wait a few more games before earning his 3,000th hit accolade. Jeter suffered a Grade 1 calf strain on Monday and may miss a few games. Jeter has struggled this season similar to last season. Jeter could use the time off, which will hopefully help him return healthy and rebound.
In more injury news, Nats’ third basemen Ryan Zimmerman is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday. Zimmerman has been recovering from abdominal surgery and performed well on rehab assignments. His bat will certainly provide a boost to Washington’s offense.
Oakland A’s starter Brett Anderson met with Dr. James Andrews on Monday regarding his left elbow. Anderson decided not to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, but will rehab for six weeks. He is worth stowing away if you have a DL spot in deep leagues, but should be sent to waivers in standard leagues.
That’s it folks. Good luck this week!