Future Rookies: Week 20, by Josh Shepardson: Catchers that can rake are a rare breed, and when one comes along the fantasy community tends to take notice. A high profile catching prospect, catcher being used loosely, should be promoted sometime in August so as to be eligible for the postseason for his parent club
Send ‘Em Home: Cutting the Fat from Your Team, by R.J. White: Every week we run a column called the Wide World of Waivers, featuring players owned in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues or less. Hopefully, this acts as an informative look into the players that may be floating around in free agency in your league. Today, we’ll examine the other side of the story,
Chris Jaffe: Anniversaries 1915 Fritz Maisel, NYY, steals second, third, and home in the ninth inning against the A’s. 1919 An overflow crowd of 31,500 in Detroit causes some to stand in roped off section on the field. Balls hit to them are ground-rule doubles, leading to 10 such blasts on the day. Washington wins, 4-2 (11) 1933 Earl Averill becomes the fourth player of the month to hit for the cycle. 1934 Ed Coleman of the A’s belts three consecutive homers in one game 1940 Jimmie Foxx homers in his fifth consecutive game, a personal best 1967 Reggie Jackson hits his first big league home run. 1973 Willie Mays blasts his 660th and final big league home run 1980 Al Oliver hits four homers in a doubleheader, including three shots in the second game. That’s the second time he’s hit three homers in one contest. 1987 Reggie Jackson belts his 563rd and final home run 1995 Sammy Sosa blasts the 10,000th home run in Chicago Cub franchise history 2001 Jeff Frye hits for the cycle 2001 Colorado’s Jose Ortiz homers three times in one game 2002 Alex Rodriguez blasts three homers in a game for the second time in his career. 2004 Chipper Jones homers in his fifth consecutive game. 2004 Mark Teixeira hits for the cycle 2008 Tampa Bay intentionally walks Texas slugger Josh Hamilton with the bases loaded 2009 Baltimore trades Aubrey Huff to the Tigers 2009 The Nationals sign Stephen Strasburg for four years for $15.1 million. The signing comes one or two minutes before the deadline to sign draft picks ends.
Grey: Casper Wells – Has now homered in four straight games. Casper was one of those cases where I saw him hit a homer and disregarded it, figuring he wouldn’t hit another one immediately. Then disregarded the 2nd and 3rd homers too. After four in a row, it’s hard to disregard. He’s really not this good, I promise you. But, and unless you’re an alien there’s always a but, he’s hitting the cover off the ball so you may as well grab him to see how long it can continue.
Mike Podhorzer: I had been a fan of Wells in the past as he has shown a nice power/speed combination, but has never been given the opportunity to win an everyday job. Now with the move to Seattle, he has gotten just that and taken full advantage. Since 2007, he has never posted an ISO below .207 at any stop, and his contact rates, although below average from an absolute standpoint, are acceptable given his power. He has also been a fly ball hitter, which should help boost his home run total. He has shown decent speed, posting respectable triples totals and stealing bags in the high single digits, though sometimes at poor success rates. Seattle’s offense stinks of course, and the park is no joy to hit in, but he is hitting fifth now and should garner plenty of at-bats. The batting average may not be great, but he has potential to contribute nicely in all the other categories.
will.overton: A new environment and everyday playing time has done well for Casper Wells. Last night he homered for the fourth straight game in a row. So far in August Wells is hitting .350 and has 5 HR’s and 11 RBI. He’s available in just about every league, and with regular playing time he’s worth a shot right now.
Ervin Santana has been hot lately. so he would have to be a must start at home against Texas tonight, right? home this season- 97 IP, 2.97 ERA, 1.11 WHIP. but not a very good career record against Texas- 138.1 IP, 5.66 ERA, 1.42 WHIP. he's faced Texas twice this season, ER of 4 and 6. although both were at Texas.
Good thing I benched his sorry ass. Too bad I also benched Moustakas, who it feels like has doubled his season hit total tonight. Started Lowrie and Pennington instead. 0-8, blech. At least San Fran somehow managed to get Matt Cain a win. Scarily close to blowing a 7-1 lead in the 9th though.