Ryan Raburn, a preseason sleeper to hit 25-plus home runs, now has a modest seven game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 Tuesday night versus the Rangers. Raburn, who was supposed to play outfield this year, has been moved to second base and is available in over 85% of ESPN leagues and 75% of Yahoo! leagues.
If you’re looking for a starting pitcher with upside you may want to put the Dodgers’
Rubby de la Rosa on your radar. In de la Rosa’s first start of his career he was a bit shaky as he walked five batters while giving up one run and striking out four versus the Phillies on Tuesday. De la Rosa was dominant in the minors striking out 52 batters in 40.0 innings, so the heat is there. He is definitely worth stashing for those looking for pitching help.
Dee Gordon had a nice major league debut as he went 3-for-5 with one run and a stolen base. Gordon can definitely make a difference in the stolen base department, but that’s about it.
Brad Hand did his best Josh Johnson impersonation as he went 6.0 innings giving up one one run on one hit while striking out six. Hand was, who was called up to replace the injured Josh Johnson, was not this dominant in the minors as he had a 3.53 ERA while striking out 44 in 63.2 innings. Although, he does bear watching in his next start.
The White Sox
Phil Humber, who is available in 68% of Yahoo! leagues, was brilliant again on Tuesday as he went 7.2 innings of one run ball in nothcing his fifth victory. Humber now has a 2.87 ERA and a WHIP under 1.00. There’s a good chance Humber is available in your league.
Blue Jays third baseman
Jayson Nix went 2-for-4 on Tuesday to raise his average to .196. If you haven’t already added
Brett Lawrie, do so immediately.
The Padres are playing
Brad Hawpe in the outfield in order to make room for Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo has been dominating AAA pitching to the tune of a .365 batting average with 16 home runs and 63 RBI. Get him now if he’s still available.
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