Let’s get right into this week’s edition …
In the Field
1B Mike Carp, Seattle
I had the opportunity to see Carp in action over the weekend at Fenway Park. He was the only one able to get to a dominant Josh Beckett in Saturday night’s Red Sox win. With the Mariners season going down in flames (16 losses in a row at press time), we might see a bit of a youth movement in Seattle. Called up last Monday, Carp has quickly worked his way into some regular at bats. He had a great weekend series in Boston, going deep twice, and he’s reached base in every game that he’s played since the call up. He’s worth a roster spot in all formats, especially those desperate for some power at the corners.
2B Carlos Guillen, Detroit
After nearly a year away from the majors, Guillen has returned in fine form. He’s riding a seven-game hitting streak, and during that span he’s gone yard and knocked in a half dozen runs. He’s been a very productive player in the past so he should be owned in all formats. There is good potential here to have a strong second half of the season to help out your fantasy squad.
OF Josh Reddick, Boston
The Red Sox have quietly moved on from J.D. Drew. In fact, they dropped him onto the disabled list over the weekend. Reddick has been filling in prior to Drew’s official demotion to the DL on a near 100 percent basis. He won’t get much in the way of power numbers, but he will have regular at bats and will be a lift in the area of batting average (12 hits over the last seven games). Opposing pitchers don’t have many choices who to pitch to in the Boston lineup, so look for Reddick to continue to rack up the hits now that he doesn’t have to look over his shoulder.
OF Brandon Allen, Arizona
A bit of a reach here, but I like the potential for some big power numbers. He’s notched two home runs since his call up, but he’s also not playing against lefties at the moment. Keep an eye on him, those in deep leagues can take a flier to see if he can get some consistent playing time.
On the Bump
Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay
Cobb is forcing the Rays to go with a six-man rotation because he’s too good right now to be sent back to the minors. All he’s done in his two starts after the All-Star break is to hold the New York Yankees to a single earned run over six innings, then hold the Kansas City Royals scoreless over seven innings. A blister drove him out of that start against Kansas City, but the future is very bright for this youngster. He is worth owning in all formats, especially if he continues to get a start every sixth day.
Josh Collmenter, Arizona
His numbers over the entire season are not impressive, but his last three games certainly have been. Two wins in his last three starts and only three earned runs over 21 innings. He seems to have figured something out since the All-Star break, as he credits some of the success to newfound confidence in his breaking ball. He’s worth grabbing in deep leagues and riding while he’s hot.
Rubby De La Rosa, Los Angeles
Another guy to keep track of in deep leagues is De La Rosa for the Dodgers. Middle-of-the-road overall numbers, but he’s another guy that has done very well in his last three starts. He was finally able to grab a win in his most recent outing against the Colorado Rockies. What is impressive are his strikeout numbers, 18 over his last three outings (17 innings) while only giving up three earned runs over that span. He’s worth a flyer in deep leagues.
Out in the Bullpen
Jason Isringhausen, New York
We touched upon the situation in the Mets bullpen a couple of weeks ago when Francisco Rodriguez was traded, mentioning Isringhausen and Bobby Parnell. Now that it’s simmered for a week or so, Isringhausen has been the winner so far. Three saves and a win in his last four appearances while Parnell has struggled. Isringhausen is the one to own going forward.
Javy Guerra, Los Angeles
Another guy that we talked about a few weeks ago, Guerra continues to solidify himself as the Dodgers closer. He’s still owned in less than one-third of online leagues, he should be owned in all formats. Zero earned runs in his last seven appearances, over which time he’s racked up six saves and a win.