Unfortunately, I was eliminated from the playoffs in my head to head league. Hopefully, you are still alive and battling for the championship. Let’s take a dive!
The Detroit Tigers won their 10th in a row by taking batting practice off Chicago’s John Danks
and bullpen as they compiled 14 runs and 21 hits.
Ryan Raburn went for 4 for 5 with a homerun, three runs, and three RBI’s. Raburn is not a regular starter, so this game will not have any fantasy impact at this time.
The Houston Astros picked up a rare win as Brett Myers dominated the Philadelphia Phillies, his former team, with eight innings, four strikeouts, and one earned run.
Myers has two wins in a row, but owns a 4-13 record.
Use Myers only in certain matchups, especially with wins a rarity.
R.A. Dickey suffered a tough loss as he pitched seven strong innings with seven strikeouts and only two earned runs allowed.
Although the knuckleballer’s record now sits at 8-12, Dickey holds a 3.43 ERA and ten consecutive quality starts.
However, his K rate and win total are sub-par.
Chicago Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro rewarded owners today with a 3 for 4 night including a homerun, four runs, three RBI’s, and an error for good measure. Castro is hitting .308 on the season is one of Chicago’s bright spots.
In a losing effort, Reds’ second basemen Brandon Philips hit two long balls on a 2 for 4 night and tallied three runs and three RBI’s. Philips’ numbers have been solid, but likely not up to par with expectations with only 14 homeruns and 10 steals.
Florida’s Omar Infante had an impressive 3 for 5 outing along with a run and RBI.
The Marlins’ utility infielder has had a nice September including a two homer night.
His position eligibility may provide added value to owners needing roster depth.
Don’t discount the Tampa Bay Rays yet as they won their fifth game in a row and stand only three games back from the first place Yankees.
Ben Zobrist led the Rays by going 3 for 5 with a run, three RBI’s, and a stolen base.
Zobrist has been on a minor power and speed drought in September thus far, so this may be a positive sign.
The Giants’ young southpaw Eric Surkamp impressed again in his third start.
Surkamp beat the San Diego Padres for the second time in a row.
Although he earned the win with 5.2 innings, he failed to record a strikeout.
The Giants’ pitcher remains a risky, matchup play in deep fantasy leagues.
Pablo Sandoval provided the lumber against San Diego with his 19th homerun.
Sandoval’s average now hovers over .300 and he is ending the season on a positive note.
He has been a strong fantasy play when healthy.
King Felix’ three game win streak came to an end as the New York Yankees knocked him around for six runs in six innings.
Hernandez remains one of the top aces in the game.
However, his win total is the only peripheral that may be lower than expected with Seattle’s lackluster offense.
Atlanta Braves’ starter Brandon Beachy struck out ten, but also surrendered four runs in 5.1 innings in a no decision. Beachy has recorded at least seven K’s in his last seven games and remains a must start in all league formats.