2014 NL West Outside Corner Report- Week 21 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Arizona Diamondbacks: Arizona has lost nine of their last 11 games to fall 23 games under .500. They are 14th in the National League in ERA (4.24) and 9th in runs scored (517). Wade Miley has only allowed three runs in his last 12.7 innings with 10 K’s, but he has allowed 25 base runners (10 walks). Josh Collmenter deliver the best start of the week when he allowed no runs in 8.3 innings with eight strikeouts. Trevor Cahill was blasted for six runs and nine base runners over 3.3 innings. Ender Inciarte hit .280 with 4 RBI and 3 SB’s, but Miguel Montero was the team’s most productive batter (.286 with 1 HR and 4 RBI).

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies have won six of their last 10 games, which is a huge accomplishment considering how far they have fallen this season. Colorado remains in first place in the NL in runs scored (614) and HR’s (151). Over the first 84 games this season, the Rockies scored 417 runs (4.96 per game). Over their last 49 games, Colorado has only scored 196 runs (4 runs per game). Their pitching staff has allowed 442 runs in their last 77 games (5.74 runs per game). Tyler Matzek allowed two runs in seven innings with 7 K’s on the road against San Francisco, and Jorge De La Rosa allowed four runs in his last 13 innings with eight strikeouts. He leads the Rockies with 13 wins this season. The Rockies have the worst pitching staff in baseball with a 4.95 ERA. D.J. LeMahieu has nine hits in his last 17 at bats with 1 HR and 2 RBI. Josh Rutledge only has three hits in his last 20 at bats with no production. Charlie Blackmon hit .364 with one RBI, and Corey Dickerson was the team’s most productive hitter (.318 with 3 HR’s and 6 RBI).

Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers have won six of their last eight games to open up a five game lead over San Francisco in the NL West. They are fourth in the National League in ERA (3.36). Clayton Kershaw has double-digit strikeouts in his last three starts and is a lock to win the National League Cy Young Award. Kershaw has a 1.73 ERA in 22 starts the season with 194 K’s in 161.3 innings and is 9-1 in his last 12 starts with a 1.21 ERA and 108 K’s in 97 innings. Dan Haren was the only other pitcher to have success on the week (one run in seven innings with 6 K’s). LA has fallen to fifth in the NL in runs scored (552). Dee Gordon has 11 hits in his last 27 at bats with 3 RBI and 1 SB. Matt Kemp hit .300 with 1 HR and 7 RBI, and Adrian Gonzalez had six hits in his last 16 at bats with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Yasiel Puig didn’t have a hit in 16 at bats.

San Diego Padres: The Padreshave lost eight of their last 13 games to fall 13 games behind LA in the National League West. They have scored two runs or less four times in their last seven games and remain the lowest scoring team in baseball (436 runs – 3.27 runs per game). Yasmani Grandal was the team’s most productive hitter (.278 with 1 HR and 5 RBI). Rymer Liriano only has one hit in his last 18 at bats, which was duplicated by Seth Smith. Yangervis Solarte hit .308 with two RBI. The Padres remain in second in the NL in ERA (3.18). Odrisamer Despaigne had his second electric game in four starts when he allowed one run in seven innings with 9 K’s, but unfortunately he has been a disaster in four of his last six outings. Andrew Cashner returned to the mound last week when he allowed two runs in five innings with only one strikeout.

San Francisco Giants: The Giants are eight games under .500 over the last 76 games, but they remain well within contention of a playoff spot. They have won seven of their last 11 games but still trail the Dodgers by five games. Currently, San Francisco would make the playoffs by winning the last wild card spot in the National League. The pitching staff is fifth in the NL in ERA (3.41). Tim Lincecum has a 9.49 ERA in his last 24.7 innings while allowing 56 runners to reach base. This has led to him being bumped to the bullpen. Yusmeiro Petit hasn’t allowed a run, hit or walk in his last 12.3 innings with 16 strikeouts. He will take over the fifth slot in San Fran’s starting rotation. Madison Bumgarner has 25 strikeouts in his last two starts. He has only allowed four runs in his last 23 innings with 34 K’s. The Giants are seventh in the NL in runs scored (522). Buster Posey has 15 hits in his last 31 at bats with 5 HR’s and 10 RBI, and Pablo Sandoval hit .357 with three RBI. Hunter Pence has nine hits in his last 27 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI, but he has 10 K’s. Michael Morse only has five hits in his last 23 at bats with two RBI. You can mark it down on August 28th, San Francisco will win the World Series in 2014.

2014 NL Central Outside Corner Report- Week 21 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Chicago Cubs: Overall, I have been impressed with how the Cubs have played this season. They have a below average starting lineup, and they have had success due to an overachieving pitching staff. After a brief slump from trading away some of their starting pitching, Chicago has won seven of their last nine games. In those wins, their pitching staff has allowed only seven runs. They are 10th in the National League in ERA (3.68). Jake Arrieta allowed only one run in seven innings with 5 K’s, and he has responded with three strong starts after getting drilled for nine runs and 13 base runners in Colorado. Kyle Hendricks has only allowed five runs in his last six starts covering 42.7 innings. Tsuyoshi Wada has won his last four decisions while allowing only eight runs in his last six starts over 36.7 innings with 34 strikeouts. The Cubs called up Cuban Jorge Soler who was hitting .340 at three levels in the minors with 15 HR’s and 57 RBI in 200 at bats. He appears to be an impact player in the near future at the age of 21. Javier Baez has an incredible 15 strikeouts in his last 25 at bats with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI. Arismendy Alcantara has nine hits in his last 24 at bats with 2 HR’s, 4 RBI and 2 SB’s. Chicago is 13th in the NL in runs scored (501).

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have lost 11 of their last 15 games to fall five games under .500, and they trail Milwaukee by nine games. Cincinnati is sixth in the NL in ERA (3.53). Mike Leake deliver the best game of the week when he allowed no runs in 6.7 innings with 6 K’s. Alfredo Simon bounced back with a strong outing when he allowed one run in seven innings with six strikeouts against Atlanta after fading his previous four starts. Billy Hamilton only has four hits in his last 23 at bats with 1 RBI and 4 SB’s while Jay Bruce has three hits in his last 20 at bats with seven strikeouts. Brandon Phillips returned to the starting lineup after missing six weeks with a thumb issue, but he only has five hits in 23 at bats with 2 RBI. Todd Frazier hit .217 with 1 HR. The Reds are 11th in the National League in runs scored (502).

 

Milwaukee  Brewers: Milwaukee has lived a charmed life in the NL Central the season. The top teams behind them have suffered major injuries, helping the Brewers remain in first place 155 straight days. They lost five of their last seven games, but they only lost one game in the standings to St. Louis. Milwaukee still remains 1.5 games in front in their division and are eighth in the National League in ERA (3.61). Mike Fiers has been the pitcher that has somewhat saved them over the last three weeks. He has won all four of his starts while allowing only 4 runs and 10 hits in 28 innings with 32 strikeouts. Yovani Gallardo has a 1.81 ERA in his last seven starts with 30 strikeouts in 44.7 innings. The Brewers are second in the NL in runs scored (572). Aramis Ramirez has nine hits in his last 22 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Ryan Braun hit .320 with 2 HR’s and 3 RBI, but he is battling a quad injury. Khris Davis only has three hits in his last 14 at bats.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates have won five of the last seven games after a seven-game losing streak the previous week. They have climbed within four games of Milwaukee in the NL Central while also trailing San Francisco by 1.5 games for the last wild card spot. Their recent success has been due to improved pitching. Pittsburgh has only allowed 17 runs in the last seven games, but they remain 11th in the NL in ERA (3.71). Francisco Liriano bounced back after his disaster start last week to allow no runs in six innings with 8 K’s. Jeff Locke won both of his starts while allowing three runs in 13.3 innings, but he did walk eight batters with only three strikeouts. Gerrit Cole delivered a strong start when he allowed only two runs in six innings with nine strikeouts against St. Louis. The Pirates are third in the National League in runs scored (563). Andrew McCutchen hit 348 with 3 HR’s and 4 RBI after returning to the starting lineup with his rib issue. Pedro Alvarez hit .286 with 3 HR’s and 5 RBI, and Russell Martin has nine hits in his last 21 at bats with 1 HR and 3 RBI. Travis Snider only has two hits in his last 21 at bats with no production. Starling Marte hit .381 with 5 runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 SB’s.

St. Louis Cardinals: St. Louis has lost four of their last six games on the road, but they remain 1.5 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. Their pitching staff has allowed five runs or more seven times in their last 11 games, causing a fall to 9th in the National League in ERA (3.64). Adam Wainwright struggled in both of his losses on the week when he allowed seven runs and 18 base runners in 12 innings with seven strikeouts. John Lackey deliver the best game of the week when he allowed one run in seven innings with three strikeouts in a win over Pittsburgh. Trevor Rosenthal has allowed five runs and 13 base runners in his last 5.3 innings. St. Louis remains in 14th in the National League in runs scored (496) and last in HR’s (85). Kolten Wong hit .318 with 1 SB, but Matt Adams only has four hits in his last 21 at bats. Matt Holliday was the team’s most productive hitter (.280 with 1 HR and 6 RBI). Yadier Molina is expected to return the starting lineup next week.

2014 NL East Outside Corner Report- Week 21 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Atlanta Braves: The Braves lack of offense continues to be their downfall in 2014. They have lost four of their last seven games, but they remain 6.5 games off the pace in the NL East. They trail San Francisco for the last wild card slot by 1.5 games. Atlanta has scored three runs or less in their last five games and are now tied for 11th in the NL in runs scored (502). Justin Upton was the team’s most productive hitter on the week (.320 with 1 HR and 7 RBI). Freddie Freeman only has four hits in his last 21 at bats with no production and eight strikeouts, and Melvin Upton doesn’t have a hit in his last 10 at bats with 5 K’s. The Braves are third in the National League in ERA (3.31). Julio Teheran won both of his starts while allowing one run in 12.3 innings with 7 K’s. Mike Minor only allowed one hit and one run in 7.7 innings with five strikeouts. Ervin Santana has a 2.77 ERA in his last six starts with 41 K’s in 39 innings.

Miami Marlins: Miami remains one José away from being a playoff contender. After reaching the .500 mark last week, the Marlins have lost five of their last seven games to fall 10 games behind Washington in the NL East. Their lack of success has been due to poor pitching. Miami has allowed five runs or more in six of their last seven games and are now 12th in the NL in ERA (3.87). Jarred Cosart has only allowed two runs in his last 20.7 innings with nine strikeouts. He has a 2.08 ERA and 1.00 whip in the National League. Giancarlo Stanton has 13 strikeouts in his last 24 at bats, but he delivered 1 HR and 8 RBI. Stanton is hitting .313 over the last month with 10 HR’s and 28 RBI. Adeiny Hechavarria hit .346 with 1 HR and 2 RBI. Garrett Jones has started to lose playing time at first base, allowing Jeff Baker to see a bump in playing time. Baker has six hits in his last 19 at bats with one RBI. Christian Yelich hit .320 with 6 runs and 3 RBI, and he is hitting .333 over the last 30 days with 1 HR, 12 RBI, and 3 SB’s, Miami is sixth in the National League in runs scored (538).

New York Mets: New York has lost nine of their last 14 games to fall 13.5 games behind in their division. The Mets are seventh in the NL in ERA (3.54) and 10th in the league in runs scored (507). Daniel Murphy has five hits in his last 13 at bats with one RBI, but he has missed the last two games with a calf injury. Juan Lagares has nine hits in his last 18 at bats with a pair of homeruns and seven RBI. Curtis Granderson only has two hits in his last 19 at bats and is only hitting .171 over the last 30 days with 1 HR and 5 RBI. Lucas Duda was the most productive batter on the week (.263 with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI), and Bartolo Colón had the best start on the week (1-0 with two runs allowed in six innings with five strikeouts). Dillon Gee allowed two runs in 6.7 innings with one strikeout. Zack Wheeler has a 2.85 ERA in his last 12 starts with 68 strikeouts in 72.7 innings.

Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies are nothing more than spoilers at this point of the season. They have won seven of their last nine games against three teams in playoff contention, but they remain 14.5 games behind in the NL East. Philadelphia is third in the National League in ERA (3.91). The gutless A.J. Burnett had his best game in months when he allowed one run and three hits in seven innings with 12 K’s. Jerome Williams delivered his third straight solid start when he allowed one run and five hits over eight innings with five strikeouts against the Cardinals. He is only three starts removed from a 10 run and 16 base runner disaster over four innings. Philly has moved to eight in the NL in runs scored (520). Jimmy Rollins was a player many fantasy owners were writing off prior to the season., but he hit .333 on the week with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI and 3 SB’s. Ryan Howard has seven hits in his last 17 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Chase Utley only has four hits in his last 22 at bats with two RBI.

Washington Nationals: After winning 10 straight games, Washington has lost four of their last six games, but they remain 6.5 games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East. Their lack of success over the last week was due to weaker pitching as they allowed 33 runs in their last six games. They remain in first in the National League in ERA (3.13). I’m still convinced Steven Strasburg won’t pitch like an ace in the heat of the battle when the playoffs come around. Last week he allowed five runs and 10 base runners over four innings against San Francisco, his second disaster start in his last four outings. Strasburg has also allowed seven homeruns in his last 24 innings. Jordan Zimmerman delivered the best outing on the week (two runs in eight innings with no walks and 8 K’s), and he has a 2.16 ERA over his last six starts with 33 K’s in 41.7 innings. Washington is tied for third in the NL in runs scored (563). The Nationals hit 9 HR’s on the week with Jayson Werth leading the way (.364 with 1 HR and 5 RBI). Adam LaRoche only has three hits in his last 23 at bats with two RBI. Denard Span has nine hits in his last 29 at bats with 6 runs, 1 HR and 3 RBI.

2014 AL West Outside Corner Report- Week 21 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Los Angeles Angels: The Angels have quietly done a nice job rebuilding their franchise. After winning eight of nine games, LA lost three of their last four games, but they remain in first place in the AL West by one game with the best record in baseball at 78-53. Their pitching staff suffered a huge blow when they lost Garrett Richards for the season with a major knee injury. This really leaves the Angels exposed in a short series as they don’t have a true ace on the roster. Los Angeles is sixth in the AL in ERA (3.59). Matt Shoemaker continues to pitch above his skill set, and he won both of his starts last week when he allowed no runs and three hits in 14.7 innings with 15 K’s. Wade LeBlanc was a complete disaster as a fill in starter for Richards. He allowed six runs and 10 base runners in 3.3 innings, which led to him earning a trip back to AAA. I’m sure LA would love to acquire a solid major league arm before September. The Angels are second in the American League in runs scored (614). Erick Aybar has 15 hits in his last 28 at bats with 5 runs, 3 RBI and 2 SB’s. Howie Kendrick hit .333 with four RBI and a SB. Josh Hamilton was the most productive batter (.261 with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI). Mike Trout has 10 K’s in his last 30 at bats with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI to go along with Kole Calhoun who also has 10 K’s in his last 27 at bats.

Houston Astros: The Astros have lost four of their last six games, but their pitching staff has shown some improvement of late. Houston’s pitchers have allowed three runs or less in eight of their last nine games. They are ranked 12th in the AL in ERA (4.33). Brad Peacock allowed one run in five innings with 4 K’s. Dallas Keuchel allowed four runs in 15 innings with 8 strikeouts. Chris Carter was able to hit a pair homeruns with five RBI despite striking out 12 times in 22 at bats. Jon Singleton has 11 strikeouts in his last 17 at bats with one HR and four RBI. Jake Marisnick was the only batter to have reasonable success (.300), but he was unproductive. The Astros have moved to second in the American League in HR’s (146) while scoring the 10th most runs (527). All signs point to George Springer returning in early September.

Oakland A’s: The A’s have only won four games in their last 12 contests, but they still remain just one game behind the Angels in the AL West. Oakland scored 290 runs in their first 55 games (5.3 per game), but they have only scored 94 runs in their 24 games in August (3.9 per game), which makes them tough to trust heading into the playoffs. They remain second in the American League in ERA (3.27) and first in runs scored (629). They also lost elite closer Sean Doolittle for a couple of weeks with an oblique injury. Based on the work of the bullpen Tuesday night, Ryan Cook appears to be the favorite to pitch in the ninth. Jason Hammel is trying his best to remain in the starting rotation- he allowed one run and three hits in seven innings with 6 K’s against the Astros. The A’s are calling up Drew Pomeranz on Wednesday, and if he pitches well, he could force Hammel to the bullpen. Scott Kazmir was drilled for seven runs and 12 base runners over three innings in his last start. There’s no doubt Jon Lester will be the team’s ace in the playoffs. He allowed one run in seven innings with 7 K’s against the Angels last week. Josh Donaldson led the team in batting last week (.313 with 3 RBI). Derek Norris has four hits in his last 21 at bats with 8 K’s.

Seattle Mariners: Seattle continues to push their way up the standings in the American League, and they have won 15 of their last 20 games to pull within six games of LA in the AL West. Currently, the Mariners are a half game ahead of Detroit for the last wild card slot. Seattle has outscored their opponents by 56 runs in 23 games in the month of August. Their pitching staff ranks number one in baseball with a 2.92 ERA. James Paxton allowed one earned run in 10.7 innings with 9 K’s. Their two best pitchers (Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma) both struggled last week (eight runs and 14 base runners in eight innings). Seattle has moved to 11th in the American League in runs scored (524). Logan Morrison has seven hits in his last 18 at bats with two RBI, and Dustin Ackley hit .318 with 1 HR, 7 RBI, and 1 SB. Mike Zunino didn’t have a hit in nine at bats with six strikeouts.

Texas Rangers: Texas has only won 16 of their last 61 games, and the injuries continue to pile up as they lost Shin-Soo Choo and Yu Darvish for the season. The Rangers have the worst ERA (4.72) in the AL and have a chance at passing Colorado with a bad September. Miles Mikolas pitched his best game of his career against the Mariners when he allowed no runs and three hits in eight innings with 5 K’s. Scott Baker has struggled most of the season, but Texas will be forced to pitch him over the last five weeks. He allowed one run in five innings with 1 K. The Rangers are 14th in the American League in runs scored (513). Adrian Beltre has 10 hits in his last 22 at bats with two RBI. Leonys Martin hit .368 with three RBI and 1 SB. Elvis Andrus only has three hits in his last 22 at bats with one stolen base.

2014 AL Central Outside Corner Report- Week 21 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Chicago White Sox: Chicago has lost their last seven games as their pitching staff has allowed four runs or more in 11 straight games. The White Sox are 13th in American League in ERA (4.43). Chris Sale was the only pitcher to have success, throwing six shutout innings with 7 K’s. Alexi Ramirez hit .364 with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI. Avisail Garcia had 2 HR’s and 6 RBI, but he struck out 10 times in 20 at bats. José Abreu hit .444 with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Carlos Sanchez was called up to take over second base after Gordon Beckham was traded to the Angels. Sanchez has seven hits in 18 at bats with one RBI. Carlos was hitting .293 at AAA with 7 HR’s, 57 RBI and 16 SB’s. Chicago is eighth in the AL runs scored (554).

Cleveland Indians: The Indians have won 10 of their last 14 games to climb within 5.5 games of Kansas City in the AL Central. They are seventh in American League in ERA (3.65). Trevor Bauer pitched one of his best games of the year when he struck out nine batters in six shutout innings. Bauer has been very good at home this season (3.07 ERA – 5.81 ERA on the road). Carlos Carrasco has only allowed one run in his last 18 innings with 17 K’s. Cleveland is sixth in the AL in runs scored (562). Jose Ramirez has 10 hits in last 22 at bats with two RBI. Zack Walters hit four of the teams’ five home runs on the week in 22 at bats with five RBI. Carlos Santana only has four hits in his last 20 at bats with 8 K’s.

Detroit Tigers: The Tigers are fighting for their playoff lives after falling to second in the AL Central and losing their hold on one of the last wild card slots in the American League. Detroit was shut out by Tampa on August 21st, then proceeded to allow 32 runs in two losses to the Twins. They responded to win the last three games, but they still trailed the Royals by 1.5 games. Their recent success has been due to an increase in run production (36 runs in five games). Miguel Cabrera went another week without hitting a homerun, and over the last 30 days, he is hitting .303 with one measly home run and eight RBI. Victor Martinez has 27 RBI one slot below him in the starting lineup in the last month. Victor hit .407 on the week with 2 HR’s and 10 RBI. J.D. Martinez has 11 hits in his last 30 at bats with three RBI. Torii Hunter has 10 hits in his last 26 at bats with five RBI. The Tigers are third in the AL in runs scored (606) and 10th in ERA (4.06). Rick Porcello won both of his starts when he allowed two runs in 17 innings with 6 K’s. David Price was electric in his last start when he allowed an unearned run and one hit in eight innings with 9 K’s. Justin Verlander returned to the mound with his same mediocre success (4 runs in 5.7 innings with 6 K’s).

Kansas City Royals: The Royals have played .500 baseball over the last week, but they still gained a half game in the standings. Kansas City leads the AL Central by 1.5 games thanks to 25 wins in their last 33 games, although their offense has died in the last three contests (4 runs scored). The Royals are fourth in the American League in ERA (3.56). Jeremy Guthrie delivered the best start of the week when he allowed one run in eight innings with two strikeouts. Danny Duffy allowed two runs in 13.7 innings with 10 K’s. Mike Moustakas hit .313 with one home run. Lorenzo Cain has seven hits in his last 20 at bats with 1 RBI and 2 SB’s. Billy Butler only has three hits in his last 21 at bats. The Royals are ninth in the AL in runs scored (538).

Minnesota Twins: Minnesota has only won three of their last ten games to fall 15 games behind Kansas City in the AL Central. They rewarded daily fantasy players in back-to-back games when they scored 32 runs against a hopeless Tigers pitching staff. As good as it looks, the Twins still can’t outscore their own pitching staff in most games. Minnesota is 14th in American League in ERA (4.45). They have allowed five runs or more nine times in their last 14 games. Ricky Nolasco had his best game of the season when he allowed no runs and three hits in seven innings with 6 K’s against the Royals. Phil Hughes delivered another plus game when he allowed one run in seven innings with 8 K’s against the Indians. He has allowed one run in each of his last four starts, which has resulted in all wins. Danny Santana has 13 hits in his last 32 at bats with 6 runs, 1 HR and 6 RBI. Trevor Plouffe hit .400 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Kenny Vargas had 12 hits in 31 at bats with 6 runs, 1 HR and 7 RBI. The only player to struggle on the week was Oswaldo Arcia (.167 with 1 HR and 4 RBI). Minnesota jumped to 5th in the AL in runs scored (571).

2014 AL East Outside Corner Report- Week 21 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Baltimore Orioles: Baltimore has won six of their last nine games to remain seven games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East. Surprisingly, all three of their losses came on the road against the last-place Chicago Cubs. The Orioles are seventh in American League in runs scored (557), and they lead the majors in homeruns (168). With third baseman Manny Machado done for the season with a knee injury, Chris Davis has shifted to third base. This will get regular at bats to Steven Pearce and Delmon Young going forward. Nick Markakis only has two hits in his last 26 at bats. Pearce hit .292 with 3 HR’s and 3 RBI, and Nelson Cruz was the team’s most productive hitter (2 HR’s and 4 RBI). Chris Tillman continues to improve- he was won his last four decisions while having a 2.05 ERA and 0.94 with in his last 13 starts with 58 K’s and 87.7 innings. Baltimore is fifth in the AL in ERA (3.59).

Boston Red Sox: Boston snapped their eight game losing streak with a pair of wins on the road in Toronto, but they remain in last place in the AL East trailing the Orioles by 18 games. As bad as the Red Sox have been this season, they are the Kings of Daily Fantasy Games over the last 11 days. In the two most important days of daily fantasy baseball season, Boston scored 21 runs. They were the key team to help two fantasy players win $1 million each at Fanduel and DraftKings. Not bad for the lowest scoring team in the American League (510 runs). Yoenis Cespedes has 11 hits in his last 27 at bats with 1 HR and 8 RBI. Dustin Pedroia showed power for the first time all season (2 HR’s and 6 RBI). Will Middlebrooks only has five hits in his last 24 at bats with 10 K’s. The Red Sox have fallen to 9th in the American League in ERA (3.97). Joe Kelly was the only starter to have success (no runs in five innings with 5 K’s).

New York Yankees: The Yankees continue to hang around in the AL East despite wheeling out a Band-Aid pitching staff. New York had a five-game winning streak last week, which moved them within 3.5 games of Seattle for the last wild card slot. Yankees are eighth in American League in ERA (3.84). Michael Pineda only allowed three runs in 12.3 innings with 8 K’s, and he has a 2.08 ERA and 0.69 whip in his three starts since returning from the DL. Brandon McCarthy struggled for the first time in five starts when he allowed five runs and 11 base runners in 6.3 innings against the Tigers. He has a 2.84 ERA over his last 12 starts with 71 K’s in 76 innings. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch a simulated game later this week, giving him a chance at returning sometime in early September. Jacoby Ellsbury has 12 hits in his last 27 bats with 3 HR’s, 7 RBI and 3 SB’s. He has been a key player in New York’s recent success. Martin Prado hit .310 with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI. Mark Teixeira only has three hits in his last 20 at bats with one RBI. The Yankees are 12th in the American League in runs scored (516).

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays have lost seven of their last 10 games after reaching the .500 mark on August 15th. They now trail Baltimore by 12 games. Over their recent slump, Tampa has scored two runs or less seven times. They are tied with the Yankees for 12th in American League in runs scored (516). Wil Myers, who returned to the starting lineup last week, has 11 K’s in 26 at bats with 1 HR and 1 SB. James Loney only has four hits in his last 21 at bats. Evan Longoria only hit .214, but he was the team’s most productive hitter (1 HR and 7 RBI). The Rays are third in the AL in ERA (3.48). Alex Cobb only allowed two runs in 11 innings with 12 K’s. Jake Odorizzi lost both of his starts while allowing 11 runs in 10.3 innings with 10 K’s. Chris Archer has allowed one run in each of his last four starts to lower his ERA to 3.09. Drew Smyly has only allowed two runs and nine hits in his last 23.7 innings.

Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays slow death continues. They have lost 16 of their last 22 games to drop 10 games behind Baltimore in their division. Their pitching staff has allowed double-digit runs three times in the last 13 games with six other games with five runs or more allowed. Toronto is 11th in American League in ERA (4.18). Drew Hutchinson was the pitcher that had the most success on the week (1 run in six innings with 7 K’s). Casey Janssen appears ready to go on the DL as he allowed four runs and seven base runners in 3.3 innings. Over the last 30 days, batters have hit .300 against him with eight runs allowed in 10.3 innings. José Reyes has nine hits in his last 30 at bats with 3 RBI and 1 SB. José Bautista only hit .130 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI while Edwin Encarnacion only has four hits in his last 24 at bats with four RBI. The Blue Jays are now fourth in the AL runs scored (584) and 3rd in HR’s (145).

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Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks have lost their last five games to fall 17.5 games behind the Dodgers the NL West. Arizona has scored three runs or less in 13 of their last 16 games, which has led to them falling to seventh in the NL in runs scored (497). Ender Inciarte has nine hits in his last 20 at bats with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 SB’s. David Peralta only hit .222 with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI and 2 SB’s, and Didi Gregorius only has two hits in his last 23 at bats with one home run. Mark Trumbo hit .320 with four RBI. Cliff Pennington has eight hits in his last 19 at bats with 1 HR and 2 SB’s. The Diamondbacks have the second worst pitching staff in the National League (4.30 ERA). Trevor Cahill has allowed three runs or less in his last seven starts (2.73 ERA). Wade Miley has rebounded with two straight solid outings (4 runs in 13 innings with 17′s K’s) after being drilled for 10 runs and 12 base runners in 4.7 innings in his previous start.

Colorado Rockies: Colorado has won four of their last six games, but they remain locked and loaded in last place in the NL West with a 50-76 record. Their offense showed a spark when they scored 27 runs in three wins at home against Cincinnati, helping them remain in first place in the National League in runs scored (592) and HR’s (144). Michael Cuddyer returned to the starting lineup on Sunday and hit for the cycle with 3 runs, 1 HR and 3 RBI, but he has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. Nolan Arenado has 11 hits in his last 24 at bats with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI. Drew Stubbs hit .435 with 2 HR’s, 7 RBI and 1 SB. D.J. LeMahieu didn’t have a hit in 13 at bats. Colorado still has the worst pitching staff in the league by a wide margin (4.98 ERA). Jorge De La Rosa went 2-0 with five runs allowed in 15 innings with 8 K’s. He has 13 of Colorado’s 50 wins this season (26%).

Los Angeles Dodgers: LA has lost four of the last five games, but they remain in first-place in the NL West over San Francisco by 3.5 games. They have scored only 10 runs in their last five losses. The Dodgers are third in the National League in ERA (3.36). Los Angeles’s pitching staff has started to fall apart over the last couple of weeks. Zack Greinke has a sore elbow, Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the DL with a leg injury and Josh Beckett‘s season appears to be over with a hip injury. Roberto Hernandez has allowed four runs in 11 innings with 7 K’s in his two starts with LA. Yasiel Puig has 10 hits in his last 25 at bats with three RBI, and Carl Crawford hit .353 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, and 4 SB’s. Matt Kemp only has three hits in his last 19 at bats with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 SB. Hanley Ramirez is expected to return to the starting lineup early next week after missing two weeks with an oblique injury. The Dodgers are fifth in the NL in runs scored (522).

San Diego Padres: San Diego has lost four of their last six games to fall seven games under .500. They trail Los Angeles by 10.5 games in the NL West. Their pitching staff has allowed four runs or more in five of their last six contests, which has led to the Padres falling to second in the National League in ERA (3.14). Eric Stults was the only pitcher to have success on the week (1-0 with three runs allowed in 12 innings with 6 K’s). Andrew Cashner, who is expected to return to the starting rotation this weekend, allowed six runs in 7.7 innings with 7 K’s in his three rehab starts in the minors. San Diego remains last in the National League in runs scored (417). Jedd Gyorko is on fire since returning from the DL. Last week, he hit 2 HR’s with 9 RBI, and over the last 30 days he is hitting .309 with 4 HR’s and 20 RBI in 21 contests. Abraham Almonte has eight hits in his last 21 at bats with two RBI. Jacob Goebbert hit .400 with five RBI.

San Francisco Giants: The Dodgers recent injuries may breathe some life into the Giants over the last month or so of the season. They have won four of their last six games to move within 3.5 games of LA in the NL West. San Fran is fifth in the NL in ERA (3.40). Madison Bumgarner threw a plus game when he allowed one run in seven innings with 9 K’s against Philadelphia. He has a 2.14 ERA and 0.79 whip in his last six starts with 39 K’s in 42 innings. Jake Peavy has delivered solid back-to-back starts (three runs in 14 innings with 11 K’s). Tim Hudson only has one win in his last 11 starts, and he has a 4.25 ERA in his last 12 games with 40 K’s and 72 innings. The Giants are eighth in the NL in runs scored (489). Mike Morse has eight hits in his last 13 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI while Joe Panik hit .563 with two RBI. Hunter Pence only has five hits in his last 21 at bats with 2 HR’s and 1 SB.

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Chicago Cubs: The Cubs have played reasonably well over the last three weeks (11-9), but they remain in last place in the NL Central. Chicago has scored 4 runs or less in their last 13 games. They are 10th in the National League in ERA (3.76) and 14th in runs scored (477). Kyle Hendricks has won five of six decisions since being called up to the majors on July 22nd and has allowed one run or less in his last six games. Tsuyoshi Wada has also pitched at a high level over his last five starts (3-0 with a 2.08 ERA with 26 K’s in 30.3 innings). Javier Baez has 12 K’s in his last 24 at bats with 1 HR and 2 RBI. Arismendy Alcantara only has three hits in his last 26 at bats with 11 strikeouts. Chris Coghlan only has two hits in his last 22 at bats. Anthony Rizzo was the most productive batter (.292 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI).

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have lost eight of their last nine games to fall out of the playoff hunt in the National League. They trail the Brewers by 10 games while being five games below .500. Their pitching staff has allowed 38 runs in their last five games. Cincinnati is now sixth in the NL in ERA (3.40). The only pitcher to have success over last week was Dylan Axelrod (two runs in six innings with 7 K’s) who was acquired in mid July from the White Sox. Johnny Cueto struggled with his command in his last start when he allowed four runs and 12 base runners in five innings. It ended his personal seven-game winning streak. Aroldis Chapman really battled with his command in his last appearance against Colorado when he walked four straight batters, which ended up scoring. He has been dealing with a left shoulder issue, but he is expected to return to the mound sometime this week. Billy Hamilton has 11 hits in his last 32 at bats with two stolen bases. Jay Bruce hit a pair homeruns with nine RBI, but he only hit .226 of the week. Ryan Ludwick has seven hits in his last 22 at bats with 2 HR’s and 7 RBI. Devin Mesoraco only has one hit in his last 17 at bats. Cinci is ninth in the NL in runs scored (488).

 

Milwaukee Brewers: Milwaukee continues to hang tough in the NL Central. They have won nine of their last 13 games to remain 1.5 games ahead of St. Louis. The Brewers have been in first place for 148 consecutive days. Their pitching staff has allowed three runs or less in five of their last six games, which has led to victories in each contest. They remain in ninth place in the National League in ERA (3.62). Mike Fiers has been electric in his three major league starts since being called up from AAA (3-0 with two runs and eight hits allowed in 21 innings with 25 K’s). Yovani Gallardo has a 2.27 ERA in his last six starts with 32 K’s in 39.7 innings. Wily Peralta has allowed only eight runs in his last 45.3 innings with 32 K’s, which has led to six victories in seven starts. Milwaukee is second in the NL in runs scored (550) and HR’s (128). Carlos Gomez hit .292 for the week with 3 HR’s and 5 RBI. Jonathan Lucroy has eight hits in his last 26 at bats with 1 HR and 6 RBI. Ryan Braun only has four hits in his last 21 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates: Just like the Reds, the Pirates have been spiraling downward over the last couple of weeks. They have lost nine of their last 12 games to fall six games behind Milwaukee in their division. Their pitching staff allowed 46 runs over a seven-game losing streak. Pittsburgh is 11th in the National League in ERA (3.77). After pitching well in his first seven starts since returning from the DL, Francisco Liriano was drilled for seven runs and 13 base runners over four innings against the Diamondbacks. He has lost his last three decisions. Gerrit Cole was called backup after Charlie Morton was placed on the DL with a sports hernia. Cole allowed two runs in seven innings with 6 K’s. The Pirates remain in third place in the National League in runs scored (532). Andrew McCutchen made a quick recovery from his rib injury and returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday night. Starling Marte has 11 hits in his last 28 at bats with 7 runs, 3 HR’s and 5 RBI. Travis Snider hit .440 with two RBI. Gregory Polanco only has one hit in his last 23 at bats with 8 K’s. Pedro Alvarez, who has moved over to first base, only has four hits in his last 20 at bats with eight strikeouts. Josh Harrison only has five hits in his last 30 at bats.

St. Louis Cardinals: St. Louis continues to battle in the NL Central. They have won seven of their last eight games and 12 their last 18 to remain 1.5 games behind the Brewers. Their pitching staff has allowed 27 runs in their last five contests, but the Cardinals have still won four of those games. Their ERA (3.61) has fallen to eighth in the National League. John Lackey has allowed two runs or less in four of his five starts with St. Louis, but unfortunately, his one bad start (nine runs and 15 base runners in five innings) has overshadowed his overall success (5.40 ERA and 1.40 whip). Adam Wainwright has a 4.50 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in his last six starts with 28 K’s in 38 innings. Michael Wacha threw a bullpen session earlier in the week, which gives him a chance at returning to the starting rotation sometime in September. St. Louis remains in last place in the NL in homeruns (82) and 13th in runs scored (479). Matt Adams has 11 hits in his last 27 at bats with three RBI. Jhonny Peralta was the team’s most productive hitter (.357 with 2 HR’s and 10 RBI). Jon Jay has 11 hits in his last 19 at bats with six RBI and is doing his best to get regular playing time. Kolten Wong only has three hits in his last 22 at bats with one RBI.

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Atlanta Braves: After struggling for 2+ weeks, the Braves stopped the bleeding by running off a five game winning streak to stay in the Wild Card hunt. Even with their recent wins, they still trail the Nationals by 7 games. Their pitching staff has allowed 3 runs or less in each of their last 6 games. Atlanta is 4th in the NL in ERA (3.37). Alex Wood has allowed 2 runs or less in his last 5 starts with 30 K’s in 33.3 innings, and Ervin Santana has won 6 straight decisions with a 2.75 ERA in his last 39.3 innings with 44 K’s. Julio Teheran continues to fade – he has allowed 13 runs and 29 base runners in his last 19.3 innings. The Braves are 12th in the NL in runs scored (483). Justin Upton has 10 hits in his last 24 at bats with 3 HR’s and 11 RBI. Freddie Freeman hit .417 with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Tommy Le Stella has 1 hit in his last 16 at bats while Melvin Upton hit .176 with 1 RBI.

 

Miami Marlins: The Marlins have won seven of their last 11 games to move back to the .500 mark. Despite their success, Miami has lost 3 more games in the standings and now trail Washington by 9 games in the division. The Marlins are 12th in the National League in ERA (3.81). Jarred Cosart has only allowed 1 run in his last 13 innings with 5 K’s. I expect him to be a very good addition in the starting rotation over the next couple of years. Henderson Alvarez also pitched very well (1 run in 7 innings with 6 K’s) after his two week DL stint. Miami is 6th in the NL in runs scored (507). Christian Yelich has 13 hits in his last 26 at bats with 1 RBI and 2 SB’s, but Casey McGehee only has 2 hits in his last 25 at bats with no production. Giancarlo Stanton hit .429 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Marcell Ozuna has 9 hits in his last 23 at bats with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI.

 

New York Mets: The Mets have lost six of their last nine games to fall 13.5 games behind Washington in the NL East. New York has scored two runs or less in their last six losses and are now 11th in the NL in runs scored (485). Every player in the starting lineup hit under .210 for the week. Lucas Duda was the most productive bat (2 HR’s and 5 RBI), and Eric Campbell played well off the bench (.333 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI). The Mets are seventh in the National League in ERA (3.55). Rafael Montero had his best start in his major league career when he allowed one run in 7.3 innings with 6 K’s. Zack Wheeler won both of his starts on the week when he allowed four runs in 12.3 innings with 13 strikeouts. He has a 2.53 ERA in his last 12 starts with 69 K’s in 74.7 innings and hasn’t lost a game since June 25th.

Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies have lost eight of their last 12 games to fall 17 games off the pace in the NL East. Philly is 13th in the National League in ERA (3.97). Jerome Williams pitched surprisingly well when he allowed one run in seven innings with 4 K’s. A.J. Burnett continues to struggle – he has allowed 22 runs and 47 base runners in his last 26.3 innings. Burnett has lost his last six decisions. He is the type of player that doesn’t respond to adversity well. David Buchanan has allowed three runs or less in his last three starts since being called back up from the minors. Philadelphia is ninth in the NL in runs scored (388). Ben Revere has 10 hits in his last 29 at bats with four steals. Cody Asche has seven hits in his last 18 at bats with one HR and three RBI. Jimmy Rollins has struck out 10 times in his last 19 at bats.

Washington Nationals: Washington has dropped the hammer on their competition with nine straight wins, and they now lead Atlanta by seven games. The Nationals have moved to fourth in the NL in runs scored (530). Adam LaRoche was the most productive batter (3 HR’s and 7 RBI), and Bryce Harper even showed a spark by hitting .320 with one HR and four RBI. Ian Desmond has 8 hits in his last 24 at bats with five RBI and 3 SB’s. Washington continues to lead the National League in ERA (3.05). Steven Strasburg won both of his starts while allowing one run in 15 innings with 12 K’s. Doug Fister threw seven shutout innings with five strikeouts; he has only allowed four runs in his last 41 innings with 29 K’s. Rafael Soriano has struggled in three of his last five outings (five runs and nine base runners in 4.3 innings).

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Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles continue to be the best team in the AL East. They have won five of the last seven games over the last week to open up an 8.5 game lead over the Yankees. Their pitching staff has allowed three runs or less 15 times in their last 19 games, which has helped them move to fifth in the AL in ERA (3.61). Chris Tillman struggled midseason with his ability to strikeout batters, but he has won his last three decisions while allowing only five runs in 28.7 innings with 25 K’s. Wei-Yin Chen has a 2.51 ERA in his last five starts with 27 K’s in 32.3 innings. J.J. Hardy hit .350 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. After struggling for a couple months, Steven Pearce has started to find his rhythm again (7 for 18 with 1 HR and 2 RBI). Chris Davis has 10 K’s in his last 22 at bats with only three hits. Nelson Cruz only hit .167 with one home run in 24 at bats. Baltimore is sixth in the American League in runs scored (536) with a major league-leading 158 homeruns.

Boston Red Sox: After winning four straight games,Boston has lost of the last five games to remain in last place in the AL East. Their pitching staff has allowed four runs or more in their last seven games. After trading away their starting rotation at the trade deadline, the Red Sox have fallen to ninth in American League in ERA (3.89). Their only remaining starter from the 2013 championship team is Clay Buchholz. After struggling most of the year, Clay has looked very good in his last two starts (5 runs and 17 K’s in his last 15 innings). Boston had seen enough of Jackie Bradley even though he hit a respectable .313 in 16 at bats last week. He was sent back to AAA after only having 10 hits with 26 strikeouts in his previous 67 at bats. His demotion will lead to a six-week audition for Mookie Betts in center field. He was hitting .386 in his last 10 games at AAA with 6 runs and 5 RBI. He should be the future leadoff hitter for the Red Sox, but he will need to hit his way to the top the lineup. David Ortiz has 10 hits in his last 22 at bats with 3 HR’s and 8 RBI. Xander Bogaerts only has one hit in his last 20 at bats. Boston is in last place in the AL in runs scored (480).

New York Yankees: The Yankees have lost six of their last eight games, but somehow they remain in second-place in the AL East despite losing 3.5 games in the standings over their last 10 days. New York has scored four runs or less in every game during the recent slump (18 runs in 8 games). They have fallen to 14th in the AL in runs scored (485). Mark Teixeira led the team in hitting (.368 with 1 HR), but Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter only had four hits in his last 21 at bats with one combined runs scored. Chase Headley has 8 K’s in the last 19 at bats. Shane Greene struck out 10 batters in his last start over six innings while allowing two runs. He has a 2.91 ERA in his 43.3 major league innings. Hiroki Kuroda has allowed three runs or less in 14 of his last 16 starts. Masahiro Tanaka has been making progress with his elbow injury and is expected to throw a bullpen session this week, which gives him a chance to return to the starting rotation sometime in early September.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays were able to get back to the .500 mark mid week, but they have lost their last three games to fall 11.5 games behind Baltimore in the AL East. They still have an outside shot at the last wild card spot if they can play 10 to 12 games over .500 over the last six weeks of the year. Tampa is third in the AL in ERA (3.48), but they remain in the bottom third of the league in runs scored (11th – 498). James Loney has 10 hits in his last 25 at bats with 2 HR’s and 8 RBI. Evan Longoria was the only other starting batter to hit over .250 for the week (.292 with 1 HR and 7 RBI). Kevin Kiermaier only has two hits in his last 20 at bats with seven strikeouts. Chris Archer allowed two runs in 12.7 innings with 18 K’s, while Alex Cobb has only allowed six runs in his last 39.7 innings with 42 K’s. Drew Smyly has a 2.20 ERA and 0.95 whip in his last five starts covering 32.7 innings with 36 K’s.

Toronto Blue Jays: Toronto has lost 12 of their last 16 games to fall nine games behind the Orioles in the AL East. Their pitching staff has allowed five runs or more in seven of their last 10 games. The Blue Jays are 11th in the American League in ERA (4.17). Marcus Stroman has been ripped up in two of his last three starts. In his last start against the White Sox, he allowed five runs and five hits over two thirds of an inning. Mark Buehrle only has one win in his last 13 starts. José Reyes has eight hits in his last 22 at bats with 4 runs and 2 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has two hits in 15 at bats with one HR since returning to the starting lineup. Melky Cabrera was the only other batter to have a home run on the week. José Batista only has three hits in his last 18 at bats with no production. Toronto has fallen to fourth in the AL in runs scored (559).