Tampa Bay shortstop
Elliott Johnson, who is literally available in 99% of both ESPN and Yahoo! leagues, has been on a tear of late and has forced Rays’ manager
Joe Maddon to make room for him in the starting lineup. Johnson was 2-for-3 with three RBI on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays and has homered in two of his last three games. Johnson hit .341 and was 12-for-12 in stolen bases during spring training so if you’re in need of speed Johnson is definitely worth picking up.
Marlins’ third baseman
Greg Dobbs continues to impress going 2-for-5 with two RBI in Wednesday’s 7-5 loss to the Cubs. Dobbs is now hitting .341 in 88 at-bats with two home runs and 16 RBI. For those of you who lost
Pablo Sandoval or David Wright, Dobbs is available in over 96% of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.
Apparently the addition of former uber-prospect
Brandon Wood has lit a fire under shortstop
Ronny Cedeno as he’s hit in six straight games and eight of his last nine. This probably won’t last but if you’re looking to play the hot-hand, few are hotter than Cedeno.
Michael Morse went 2-for-4 last night and has now gotten a hit in the last three games that he’s played dating back to May 13. Morse had high expectations coming out of spring training but has fallen into a platoon at this time, but is worth monitoring just in case the light goes on.
The White Sox
Jake Peavy, who is owned in approximately 50% of Yahoo! and ESPN leagues, should be picked up immediately if he’s available in your league. Peavy was simply masterful Wednesday night as he threw a three-hit complete game 1-0 shutout of the Indians on Wednesday night. Peavy struckout eight and didn’t allow a walk. Peavy’s only problem has been health and if he’s finally cleared that hurdle then you’ve got yourself a bonafide steal.
With Wednesday’s 2-for-4, the Cardinals’
Jon Jay has now hit on five straight games and is hitting .322 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 at-bats. Both
Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman left Wednesday’s game as a precautionary measure after getting nicked up so there could be some additional playing time on the horizon for Jay.
Jonny Venters your patience may finally be paying off.
Craig Kimbrel blew his fourth save of the year on Wednesday giving up two earned runs on four hits in 0.1 of an inning raising his ERA to 3.00. Meanwhile, Venters pitched two innings striking out two and walking one. Venters has a miniscule 0.68 ERA and is ready to take over the closers’ role when and if summoned.
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