Let’s kick it off!
Matt Garza earned his eighth win with 7.2 innings and eight strikeouts to defeat the Cincinnati Reds.
Garza has won three of his last four and has pitched much better than his win-loss record suggests.
Keep him in your starting lineup, especially when he pitches at Wrigley.
Aramis Ramirez continued his stellar second half by going 1 for 2 with two RBI, one run, and two walks.
A-Ram’s average has now risen to .308 along with 24 homeruns and 83 RBI’s as he serves as one of Chicago’s lone bright spots.
Philip Humber returned from injury and pitched a gem by earning his ninth win with seven shutout innings and six strikeouts in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader. Humber had not recorded a win since July 2nd, but has proven to be a sleeper and useful in many deep fantasy leagues.
James McDonald threw his sixth consecutive quality start and was too strong for the meager bats of the Houston Astros who lost their fourth in a row. The Pittsburgh right-hander has shown more consistency post All-Star break and deserves to be owned in most leagues.
Another James was on the mound this afternoon as well.
In fact, James Shields went the distance yet again.
The Rays’ ace continues to dominate with his eleventh complete game. He did not give up a run until the ninth inning and fanned six.
Shields is now 14-10 and should be started in every league.
Toronto rookie Brett Lawrie hit a homerun and stole a base in the Jays’ eleven inning win over Boston.
Lawrie has 8 homeruns, 21 RBI’s, 5 steals, and a .318 average since his call up on August 5th.
In addition, he is eligible at 1B and 3B in most leagues.
Josh Beckett left Monday’s game in the fourth inning after landing awkwardly on the mound and has sprained his right ankle.
Beckett admitted to hurting his ankle initially before the game.
He will head back to Boston to be evaluated and his status should be monitored for his next start against Tampa Bay.
Mister Doug Fister must have eaten Special K for his Monday morning breakfast as he absolutely owned the Tribe with eight innings pitched and one earned run while whiffing a career high 13 batters!
He has been extremely effective in Detroit and now has allowed only three earned runs over his last four starts.
Continue starting Fister with confidence, especially with the strong Detroit offense behind him.
Michael Morse continues his power strike as he added two more homers in Washington’s victory over the Blue Crew. Morse hit three homeruns in the last week of August, and appears to be heating up once again.
The young Nats’ slugger now has 26 homeruns, 82 RBI’s, and a .315 average.
The New York Yankees’ call up of Jesus Montero has been proven successful thus far.
Montero hit his first two homeruns of the season and his now 5 for 13 and should continue to start if his bat stays this hot.
Homerun Derby champ Robinson Cano went 2 for 5 with a grand slam!
Cano has certainly backed up his first round draft pick status with 24 homeruns, 91 runs, 105 RBI’s, 8 stolen bases, and a .307 average.
Milwaukee southpaw Randy Wolf threw eight innings with five strikeouts and only one earned run to win his 12th win.
He lowered his ERA to 3.47 and avenged last week’s poor outing against the division rival Cards.
San Francisco southpaw Madison Bumgarner won his third start in a row with 8.1 innings that included 13 K’s and two earned runs.
This is Bumgarner’s second double digit strikeout performance so ride this wave through the playoffs.
After a hitless start to September, Pablo Sandoval was back on track with two homeruns, three runs, and two RBI’s.
The Kung Fu Panda has been solid when healthy this season and should surpass all of his 2010 offensive stats despite suffering from injuries this season.
Kansas City’s offense was alive and well in Oakland as they compiled 11 runs and 15 hits.
Billy Butler smacked two homeruns, cross home four times, and added three RBI’s against Oakland.
Butler was able to overcome his struggles against Oakland this season at the perfect time for fantasy owners.
Butler has been a power source in the second half of the season and should be started in every league.
Kansas City rookie Eric Hosmer continues to swing a hot bat by going 3 for 5 with a run and RBI.
Hosmer is 12 for his last 23, and is ending his rookie campaign with a bang.
Dexter Fowler went yard twice in the Mile High City in a three hit night. With only two homeruns this season and only ten stolen bases, this added power in time for the fantasy playoffs is a pleasant surprise for owners.
Is it a fluke?
It is hard to say since he hit his other two homers earlier in the week and is 13 for his last 25.
Fowler may be worth an add in many leagues.
Cliff Lee is just plain nasty.
Lee threw a complete game shutout against the division rival Atlanta Braves.
With no walks, five hits, and six strikeouts, Lee was in control all evening.
This was his seventh win in a row during a stretch where he has allowed an infinitesimal two earned runs.
Paul Konerko has hit a bit of a rough patch.
The veteran slugger went 0 for 7 in Monday’s doubleheader, which followed Sunday’s 0 for 3 outing.
He is still hitting well .312 and should rebound, despite Chicago’s playoff hopes nearly diminished.
Emilio “Bona Fide” Bonifacio continued his hot September start with a three hit night that included a run and a pair of RBI’s.
The Marlins’ leadoff hitter has been a consistent contributor of hits, runs, and stolen bases.
Make sure your lineup is set every day this week.
Keep an eye out for late scratches or players benched against lefties. It is all or nothing for many teams this week.
Best of luck!