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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,
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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
Rays (65-56) @ RedSox (74-47), 1:35pm
TBR: David Price (25, LHP, 10-10, 3.76)
BOS: John Lackey (32, RHP, 11-8, 6.13) lol
Orioles (47-73) @ Athletics (54-68), 3:35pm
BAL: Alfredo Simon (30, RHP, 3-5, 4.35)
OAK: Brandon McCarthy (27, RHP, 5-6, 3.62)
Twins (53-68) @ Tigers (65-57), 7:05pm
MIN: Carl Pavano (35, RHP, 6-9, 4.55)
DET: Brad Penny (33, RHP, 8-9, 4.99)
Indians (60-58) @ WhiteSox (61-60), 8:10pm
CLE: Fausto Carmona (27, RHP, 5-12, 5.12)
CHW: Mark Buehrle (32, LHP, 10-5, 3.06)
Yankees (74-46) @ Royals (50-73), 8:10pm
NYY: Bartolo Colon (38, RHP, 8-6, 3.31)
KCR: Bruce Chen (34, LHP, 7-5, 4.15)
Rangers (71-52) @ Angels (65-58), 10:05pm
TEX: C.J. Wilson (30, LHP, 11-5, 3.28)
LAA: Ervin Santana (28, RHP, 9-8, 3.10)
Blue Jays (62-60) @ Mariners (53-68), 10:10pm
TOR: Brandon Morrow (26, RHP, 8-7, 4.55) lol
SEA: Blake Beavan (22, RHP, 3-3, 3.59)
Cubs (54-69) @ Astros (39-84), 2:05pm
CHC: Casey Coleman (23, RHP, 2-4, 7.23)
HOU: Bud Norris (26, RHP, 5-8, 3.55)
Mets (59-63) @ Padres (55-69), 6:35pm
NYM: Dillon Gee (25, RHP, 10-4, 4.07)
SDP: Mat Latos (23, RHP, 6-11, 3.80)
Reds (59-63) @ Nationals (58-62), 7:05pm
CIN: Johnny Cueto (25, RHP, 8-5, 1.94)
WSN: Ross Detwiler (25, LHP, 1-2, 3.20)
D'backs (69-53) @ Phillies (78-42), 7:05pm
ARI: Joe Saunders (30, LHP, 8-9, 3.76)
PHI: Cliff Lee (32, LHP, 12-7, 2.83)
Cardinals (65-58) @ Pirates (58-63), 7:05pm
STL: Kyle Lohse (32, RHP, 10-7, 3.37)
PIT: Paul Maholm (29, LHP, 6-13, 3.60)
Giants (66-57) @ Braves (72-51), 7:10pm
SFG: Matt Cain (26, RHP, 9-9, 3.00)
ATL: Jair Jurrjens (25, RHP, 12-4, 2.63)
Dodgers (55-66) @ Brewers (72-51), 8:10pm
LAD: Nathan Eovaldi (21, RHP, 1-0, 1.64)
MIL: Zack Greinke (27, RHP, 11-4, 4.08)
Marlins (57-65) @ Rockies (57-67), 8:40pm
FLA: Ricky Nolasco (28, RHP, 9-8, 3.72)
COL: Aaron Cook (32, RHP, 2-7, 5.43)