2014 NL West Outside Corner Report- Week 17 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are two games over .500 since the All-Star break. They are in fourth place in the NL West while trailing the Dodgers by 14 games. Their offense has fizzled in three of their last four games as they have only scored nine runs. Wade Miley has won four of his last five starts with a 2.81 ERA, but he has 11 walks in his last 25.7 innings. He is a player of interest at the trade deadline for some teams. Chase Anderson has delivered three straight solid outings (four runs in 19 innings with 21 K’s). Addison Reed served up his 10th HR in 43.3 innings, but he has only allowed 7 runs on the season when not letting a ball leave the park. Arizona is 14th in the NL in ERA (4.22). Didi Gregorius hit .368 with one HR and one SB. Paul Goldschmidt only has four hits in his last 24 at-bats with one HR and four RBI, and Mark Trumbo has 10 K’s in his last 22 at bats with only two RBI. The Diamondbacks are seventh in the NL in runs scored (430).

Colorado Rockies

Colorado had their first winning week (4-3) since early May. They have scored five runs or more in five of their last seven games. Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the DL with a thigh injury and is expected return is mid-August. Carlos Gonzalez continues to be a nightmare for fantasy owners. He has missed multiple games over the last week with an ankle injury and is only hitting .191 since returning from the DL with 19 K’s in 47 at-bats. Josh Rutledge has done a serviceable job as a fill-in for Tulo. He hit .357 last week with seven RBI, but he has missed the last couple of games with an upper respiratory issue. Nolan Arenado had a pair of homeruns with five RBI. The Rockies continue to lead the National League in runs scored (507) and HR’s (123). They are last in the NL in ERA (4.90). Brett Anderson has only allowed three runs in his last 20.3 innings with 18 K’s. Jorge De La Rosa has a 2.89 ERA in his last six starts with 30 K’s and 37.3 innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have won five straight games to seize a three-game lead in the NL West over the San Francisco Giants. They have scored five runs or more in five of their last eight games and are third in the NL in runs scored (453). Matt Kemp has hit his way off the trade market. He has 12 hits in his last 19 at bats with 3 HR’s and 8 RBI. Yasiel Puig hit .435 with two RBI, but he hasn’t hit a home run since July 4th. A.J. Ellis has only one hit in his last 15 at-bats. Zack Greinke has a 2.11 ERA over his last six starts with 52 K’s in 42.7 innings. Hyun-Jin Ryu has won his last three starts (5 runs in 10 innings with 22 K’s). Josh Beckett has struggled in both games since returning from the DL (eight runs and 19 base runners in eight innings). The Dodgers are fourth in the National League in ERA (3.34).

San Diego Padres

The Padres have exploded for double-digit runs twice in their last seven games, but they remain in last in the majors in runs scored (338) by a wide margin (71 runs). Yangervis Solarte has 10 hits in 29 at-bats with 2 HR’s and 7 RBI since being traded from the Yankees. Yasmani Grandal has only three hits in his last 20 at-bats with 10 K’s. René Rivera has seven hits in his last 16 at-bats with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI. Jedd Gyorko was activated from the DL on Monday, and he has six hits in 11 at bats with 1 HR and 5 RBI. San Diego remain second in the National League in ERA (3.14). Tyson Ross and Jesse Hahn combined to go 4-0 in their last four starts with a 1.44 ERA and 25 K’s in 25 innings.

San Francisco Giants

The Giants have lost six of their last seven games to fall three games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. During their recent six-game losing streak, San Francisco only scored six runs. Their pitching staff has allowed four runs or more in four of their last five games. San Fran is fifth in the NL in ERA (3.39). The Tim Lincecum magic appears to come to an end as he allowed 11 runs and 17 base runners in his last 7.7 innings. Madison Bumgarner has been extremely erratic over the last month. He has a 5.31 ERA in his last seven starts with 32 K’s in 42.3 innings. With Matt Cain most likely on the shelf for the rest of the season, the Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox. He allowed three runs in six innings with 5 K’s in his first National League start. San Francisco has fallen to 10th in the National League in runs scored (421). Mike Morse hit .304 with 1 HR and 2 RBI, but he has 10 K’s in his last 23 at-bats. Hunter Pence only has three hits in his last 29 at bats. Dan Uggla didn’t have a hit in 11 at-bats with the Giants, which led to his release.

2014 NL Central Outside Corner Report- Week 17 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have lost 16 of their last 22 games to fall 14.5 games behind in the NL Central. Jake Arrieta is the only shining star left in the starting rotation. Batters are only hitting .201 against him the season, which has led to him having a career best 2.18 ERA and 99 K’s in 91 innings. Edwin Jackson has a 6.60 ERA in his last 12 starts with 106 base runners allowed in 61.3 innings. Tsuyoshi Wada had a nice bounce back game (1 run in seven innings with 6 K’s) after struggling the previous week against the weak hitting San Diego Padres. Kyle Hendricks has only allowed one run in his last 13.3 innings with 7 K’s. Chicago is 11th in the National League in ERA (3.87). Starlin Castro is only hitting .228 over the last 30 days with no homeruns and eight RBI. Emilio Bonifacio has 11 hits in his last 26 at-bats with one HR and one SB. He is becoming an attractive commodity on the trade market. Ryan Sweeney hit .353 with two HR and five RBI. Luis Valbuena hit .318 with a pair of homeruns and six RBI. The Cubs are 12th in the National League in runs scored (409).

Cincinnati Reds

The Reds have lost 10 of their last 12 games to fall under the .500 mark. They now trail the Brewers by six games in the NL Central, and they have only scored 24 runs during their recent slump. Cincinnati is 13th in the NL in runs scored (401). They just don’t have enough firepower on offense with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips on the DL. Billy Hamilton only has three hits in his last 22 at-bats. Jay Bruce has one hit in his last 14 at-bats with 7 K’s. Devin Mesoraco is the only hitting star. He hit .368 on the week with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI. The Reds are sixth in the National League in ERA (3.44). Homer Bailey has a 2.00 ERA and 0.86 whip over his last five starts with 24 K’s in 36 innings. After struggling over three straight starts, Mike Leake delivered a plus game against Arizona when he allowed no runs and 7.7 innings with 8 K’s.

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers continue to maintain the edge in the NL Central despite losing four of their last six games. They lead Pittsburgh by two games. Their pitching staff has allowed three runs or less in nine of their last 10 games, but unfortunately Milwaukee has only scored four runs in their last four losses. The Brewers are ninth in the National League in ERA (3.67). Yovani Gallardo hasn’t allowed a run in his last 14.7 innings with 13 K’s, and Jimmy Nelson delivered his best performance since moving into the starting rotation when he allowed two runs in seven innings with 6 K’s against the Mets. Matt Garza has a 2.84 ERA and 1.05 whip over his last 12 starts with 53 K’s in 79.3 innings. Khris Davis was the only starting batter to have success last week (.318 with 1 HR and 3 RBI). Ryan Braun only has three hits in his last 28 at-bats with one HR and three RBI. Carlos Gomez has 11 K’s in his last 30 at-bats. Milwaukee is second in the National League in runs scored (471).

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh has won eight of their last 12 games to move within two games of Milwaukee in the NL Central. Their pitching staff has struggled in four of their last six games where they have allowed a combined 28 runs. Francisco Liriano was electric in his last start when he allowed one run in seven innings with 11 K’s. He has only allowed two runs in his last 19 innings with 24 strikeouts. Vance Worley threw a complete game shutout against the Giants with 3 K’s. He is trying his best to remain in the starting rotation when Gerrit Cole returns from the DL. Cole threw five shutout innings with 7 K’s in his last start at AAA. The Pirates are 10th in the National League in ERA (3.72). Josh Harrison continues to be a beast as a jack-of-all-trades for Pittsburgh. He hit .360 last week with 4 HR’s, 6 RBI and 2 SB’s. Andrew McCutchen only has two hits in his last 22 at-bats. Gregory Polanco hit .174 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 SB. Travis Snider had a pair of homeruns with five RBI off the bench as a fill-in for Starling Marte, who was placed on the DL with a concussion issue. Pittsburgh has climbed to fourth in the NL in runs scored (445).

St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis has lost six of their last eight games to fall 2.5 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. They have only scored three runs in their last three games. The Cardinals received some positive news on Michael Wacha. He is expected to begin throwing shortly, but his timetable remains a month away from returning to the starting rotation. Adam Wainwright has allowed a run in three of his last five starts, but his lack of strikeouts and increase in walks leads me to believe there may be an underlying injury issue. He still has an impressive 1.93 ERA and 0.96 whip on the season and is averaging almost a full strikeout less than his last four full seasons. St. Louis has fallen to seventh in the NL in ERA (3.46). Matt Carpenter hit .400 with 1 HR and 2 RBI. The Cardinals signed A.J.. Pierzynski after he cleared waivers from Boston. He will help soften the blow after the loss of Yadier Molina. St. Louis is 14th in the National League in runs scored (387) and last in HR’s (68).

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Atlanta Braves

The Braves are 6-7 since the All-Star break, which has led to them dropping 1.5 games behind Washington in the NL East. They are third in the National League in ERA (3.33). Julio Teheran continues to be their best starter thanks to elite command; he has only walked 31 batters in 149.3 innings. Over his last six starts, Julio has a 3.62 ERA with 38 K’s in 37.3 innings. Ervin Santana has been electric in his last two starts (one run in 15.3 innings with 22 K’s) and has won five of his last six starts. Mike Minor has been destroyed in his last five starts (7.00 ERA and 1.74 whip). Atlanta is 11th in the NL in runs scored (414). Justin Upton hit .360 with one HR and five RBI. Chris Johnson is only hitting .255 over the last 30 days, but he has been the Braves’ most productive batter (5 HR’s and 22 RBI). Melvin Upton only has five hits in his last 24 at bats with 11 K’s.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins have played very well over the last two weeks. They won nine of 11 games to move within one game of the .500 mark. Their success has been driven by solid pitching as they have only scored over four runs three times in their last 22 games. Miami is fifth in the NL in runs scored (442). Giancarlo Stanton hit .333 with 1 HR and 6 RBI while Adeiny Hechavarria hit .348 with 3 RBI and 2 SB’s. Casey McGehee only has four hits in his last 27 at bats with seven strikeouts. Christian Yelich only hit .179 over the last week with three RBI. The Marlins are 12th in the National League in ERA (3.90). Henderson Alvarez has a 1.89 ERA over his last 12 starts with only 45 K’s in 76 innings. Nathan Eovaldi has been brutal over his last three starts (18 runs and 26 base runners in 16.3 innings). Andrew Heaney has allowed four runs in his last 13 innings at AAA with 17 K’s. I expect him to be called up in the near future.

New York Mets

The Mets have won 14 of their last 21 games to move within four games of .500. They trail Washington in the NL East by 7.5 games. New York has scored three runs or less in 10 of their last 12 games. They are eighth in the National League in ERA (3.50). Bartolo Colón has a 2.80 ERA over his last 12 starts with 63 K’s in 84.3 innings. Jacob DeGrom has pitched equally as well over his last 12 starts (2.80 ERA with 73 K’s in 74 innings); he has a 1.62 ERA in his last 6 starts. Zack Wheeler has a 1.63 ERA in his last six starts with 34 K’s in 38.7 innings. The Mets are eighth in the NL in runs scored (423). Daniel Murphy has 12 hits in his last 29 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Lucas Duda was New York’s most productive hitter on the week (.304 with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI).

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have lost 19 of their last 30 games to drop 12.5 games off the pace in their division. They should be clear sellers at the trade deadline. Cole Hamels has a 1.85 ERA in his last 13 starts with 93 K’s in 92.7 innings. Philadelphia has made him available, but his price will probably be too high to be moved. Cliff Lee has been unimpressive in his two starts since returning from the DL. He has allowed nine runs and 24 base runners in 10.7 innings. The Phillies would like to dump him by the end of the week. Philly is 13th in the NL in ERA (4.04). Chase Utley hit .368 with 1 HR and 7 RBI, and Carlos Ruiz has seven hits in 16 at-bats with two RBI since returning from the DL. Ryan Howard has been benched against left-handed pitching over the last couple of weeks. He is hitting .167 over the last 30 days with 22 K’s in 84 at bats. Marlon Byrd has nine hits in his last 28 at-bats with one HR and two RBI. The Phillies are 10th in the National League in runs scored (416).

Washington Nationals

Washington has won 21 of their last 33 games to move into first place in the NL East by 1.5 games over Atlanta. The Nationals have the best ERA (3.11) in the National League. Doug Fister has a 2.38 ERA in his last 11 starts with only 41 K’s in 72 innings. He is 9-1 over that period. Jordan Zimmermann has faded in his last three starts (10 runs in 15.3 innings), but he has a 2.83 ERA in his last 12 starts with 70 K’s in 76.3 innings. Denard Span hit .381 with 1 RBI and 3 SB’s. Ian Desmond only has three hits in his last 21 at-bats. Washington lost Ryan Zimmerman for 6 to 8 weeks with a bad hamstring injury, creating an opportunity for Danny Espinosa unless the Nationals make a trade. Washington is 6th in the NL in runs scored (438). Bryce Harper is only hitting .227 since returning from the DL with 26 K’s in 75 at bats.

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Los Angeles Angels

The Angels have played .500 ball over the last 10 games, but they remain 2.5 games behind Oakland in the AL West. Their pitching staff is fifth in the American League in ERA (3.72). Garrett Richards, who continues to pitch like an ace, has a 2.41 ERA in his last 12 starts with 84 K’s and 78.3 innings. Matt Shoemaker delivered another solid outing when he shut out the Tigers over seven innings with 5 K’s. He has allowed two runs or less in 10 of his 14 starts this season. Josh Hamilton finally hit a home run (75 at bats), but he is only hitting .264 over the last 30 days with 37 K’s in 106 at-bats. Albert Pujols has eight hits in his last 23 at bats with only one RBI. David Freese has two hits in his last 18 at bats with 9 K’s. LA is second in the American League in runs scored (514).

Houston Astros

The Astros have lost six of their last seven games to fall 21 games under .500. They trail the A’s by 23.5 games in the AL West. Their pitching staff has allowed 49 runs over the last week, and they are 14th in the American League in ERA (4.48). The only pitcher to have success over the last week was Dallas Keuchel, who allowed no runs in seven innings with 7 K’s. Chad Qualls was drilled for six runs and seven base runners in 1.3 innings, which may put his job at risk in the near future. George Springer was able to take batting practice on Tuesday night, which gives him a chance of returning to the majors in the next week or so. His value as a base stealer probably has no upside going forward. José Altuve has 12 hits in his last 29 at-bats with 1 HR and 2 RBI. Matt Dominguez only has three hits in his last 26 at bats. Chris Carter has 8 HR’s in his last 92 at bats with 31 K’s. The Astros are tied for 13th in the NL in runs scored (411).

Oakland A’s

Oakland has played just over .500 baseball over the last 16 games, but they remain 2.5 games ahead of LA in the AL West. Their offense has been very productive in the last nine games due to facing Houston and Texas. They have scored 59 runs over that period, which has led to five wins in 8 games. Josh Reddick has 10 hits in 26 at-bats with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI since returning from the DL. Yoenis Cespedes hit .360 with 3 HR’s and 11 RBI. Stephen Vogt has 10 hits in his last 32 at-bats with 1 HR and 5 RBI. Brandon Moss only has five hits in his last 28 at-bats with 1 HR and 5 RBI. With Coco Crisp battling a neck issue and Craig Gentry placed on the DL with a broken bone in his right hand, the A’s called up Billy Burns from AA. He was hitting .250 in 364 at bats with 1 HR, 23 RBI and 51 SB’s. Oakland continues to lead the American League in runs scored (534), while being in 2nd in ERA (3.14). Jesse Chavez has a 5.51 ERA and 1.62 whip in his last six starts, which may lead to him losing his spot in the starting rotation. Jason Hammel has a 7.11 ERA in three starts in American League.

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners remain in the battle with Toronto and Kansas City for the last Wild Card slot in the American League. Seattle has lost five of their last seven games to fall 11 games behind Oakland in the AL West. Their pitching staff has allowed three runs or less 17 times in their last 23 games to move into first place in the AL in ERA (3.06). Felix Hernandez has a 1.29 ERA over his last 12 starts with 108 K’s and 91 innings. Hisashi Iwakuma has only walked seven batters in his last 87 innings. James Paxton is expected to return to the Mariners starting rotation over the weekend. He has allowed five runs and 19 base runners in 10.3 innings in his three starts in the minors. As good as Seattle’s pitching looks, their offense has fallen to last in the AL in runs scored (408). They added Kendrys Morales last week in a trade, and it appears the Mariners would like to add another right-handed power bat plus a possible frontline starter. Dustin Ackley is trying his best to keep his job in the starting lineup. He has 10 hits in his last 24 at bats with two RBI. James Jones only has one hit in his last 23 at bats with 9 K’s, and it appears his hot run has come to an end. Logan Morrison only has two hits in his last 20 at bats, which puts his job at risk.

Texas Rangers

Texas has been disgustingly bad over the last 37 games (7-30). Three of their last seven wins have come when Yu Darvish has been on the mound. The Rangers have the worst ERA in American League (4.87), and they have allowed 110 HR’s. The backend of the rotation has below major league talent. Texas traded away Joakim Soria to the Tigers, which will clear the door for Neftali Feliz to be the closer. He has converted both of his chances so far. J.P. Arencibia hit .320 with 3 HR’s and 12 RBI, but he has 10 K’s in his last 25 at-bats. Elvis Andrus has nine hits in his last 24 at-bats with four RBI and one SB. Shin-Soo Choo only hit .231 with no runs or RBI on the week. The Rangers are eighth in the AL in runs scored (434).

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Chicago White Sox

The White Sox have won four of their last five games due to improved success swinging the bat. They have scored 35 runs in the last five days. Chicago is now sixth in the NL in runs scored (465). José Abreu continues his dominance on American League pitching as he hit .400 last week with 2 HR’s and 9 RBI. Adam Eaton and Conor Gillaspie both had 10 hits on the week, which led to a combined .377 batting average with four RBI. Alejandro De Aza only has three hits in his last 24 at-bats with 7 K’s. The White Sox are 12th in the American League in ERA (4.11). Chris Sale delivered a dominating performance against the Twins when he struck out 12 batters in 8 shutout innings.

Cleveland Indians

The Indians have lost four of their last five games to fall two games under the .500 mark, and they trail the Tigers by 6.5 games. Trevor Bauer was drilled in back-to-back games (0-2 with a 6.97 ERA). His lack of success may lead to him being sent back to AAA. Corey Kluber struck out 10 batters in nine innings while allowing only two hits and no runs. He has a 1.58 ERA in his last eight starts with 48 K’s and 45.7 innings. Danny Salazar won both of his starts after being called up from AAA. He allowed four runs in 12 innings with 13 strikeouts. Cleveland is eighth in the AL in ERA (3.90). Carlos Santana absolutely destroyed the baseball last week with 11 hits in 22 at-bats including 5 HR’s and 8 RBI. Michael Brantley only has five hits in his last 26 at-bats, and Jason Kipnis only has two hits in his last 21 at-bats. David Murphy was not productive, but he did have seven hits in 17 at bats. The Indians are fifth in the American League in runs scored (472).

Detroit Tigers

Just when it looks like Detroit is going to run and hide in the division, they start to fall on their face. The Tigers have lost nine of their last 13 games, but they remain five games ahead of Kansas City in the AL Central. Detroit has only scored six runs in the last four games. They are fourth in the American League in runs scored (480). Miguel Cabrera was the only player to hit a home run last week (.280 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI). J.D. Martinez only has two hits in his last 14 at bats, and Alex Avila has one hit in his last 14 at bats with seven strikeouts. Austin Jackson hit .320 with four RBI. The Tigers are 10th in the AL in ERA (4.04). Drew Smyly has shown a spark in his last two starts (2.13 ERA with 17 K’s in 12.7 innings), but Rick Porcello continues to be the only consistent pitcher. He has a 2.22 ERA over his last eight starts with only 22 K’s in 44.7 innings.

Kansas City Royals

The Royals remain in contention after 105 games. After a tough stretch, Kansas City won five straight games to move back over the .500 mark. They trail the Tigers by five games. Billy Butler hit .353 with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI. Mike Moustakas only has three hits in his last 21 at bats. Eric Hosmer has struggled with a hand injury, which has led to him missing about a week’s worth of action due to his inability to hold a bat. The Royals are 12th in the AL in runs scored (417) and last in HR’s (61). James Shields has pitched much better in his last four starts (2.45 ERA and 23 K’s in 25.7 innings), although Danny Duffy is the only other starter who is capable of delivering consistent results. He has a 2.84 ERA in his last 12 starts with 57 K’s in 73 innings, but he has only won 3 games during that stretch. Kansas City is fourth in the AL in ERA (3.70).

Minnesota Twins

The Twins have lost seven of their last 11 games to fall nine games under .500. They are in last place in the AL Central while trailing the Tigers by 10 games. After missing the previous week, Kyle Gibson threw seven shutout innings with 7 K’s against the Royals. Minnesota called up Logan Darnell last week; he had a 3.43 ERA at AAA with 73 K’s in 94.3 innings. His command (40 walks) suggests he isn’t ready to make an impact in the majors. The Twins are 13th in American League in ERA (4.30). Danny Santana hit .364 with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Brian Dozier only has three hits in his last 22 at bats with two RBI, and he is only hitting .190 in his last 121 at-bats with 4 HR’s and 1 SB. Minnesota is 9th in the AL in runs scored (430).

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Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore has won 6 of their last 8 games, but they have lost a half game in the standing to Toronto and remain in first place in the AL East by 2.5 games. They are 7th in the AL in run scored (448), and they are 2nd in the majors in HR’s (128). J.J. Hardy has 10 K’s in his last 25 at bats. Every starting batter with the exception of Manny Machado (.286 with 1 HR and 4 RBI) hit under .200 for the week. Delmon Young provide a spark off the bench as he had seven hits in 13 at bats with one HR and three RBI. Nick Markakis was the most productive hitter on the week (1 HR and 5 RBI). Wei-Yin Chen threw eight shutout innings with 3 K’s against Seattle. The Orioles have allowed three runs or less in six of the last eight games, but they have only scored 29 runs over that same period. Baltimore is now sixth in the American League in ERA (3.76).

Boston Red Sox

The dream second half for the Red Sox is now a distant memory. They have lost seven of their last eight games to drop 12 games off the pace. Boston’s pitchers have allowed six runs or more in five of their last eight games, which has led to a drop to ninth in the AL in ERA (3.91). The Red Sox are about to trade Jon Lester. He is 2-0 in his last five starts with a 0.73 ERA and 40 K’s in 37 innings. Lester will hit free agency coming off the best season of his major league career. Clay Buchholz and Rubby De Le Rosa were absolutely crushed by the Toronto Blue Jays in their last two starts- they combined to allow 20 runs and 43 base runners in 21 innings. Brock Holt only has three hits in his last 24 at bats with nine strikeouts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. clearly isn’t ready to be an impact in the major leagues. He has three hits in his last 23 at bats with nine strikeouts as well. David Ortiz only hit .208 last week, but he delivered 2 HR’s and 9 RBI. Boston is 13th in the AL in runs scored (411).

New York Yankees

The Yankees are trying their best to hang around in American League despite having an underwhelming starting rotation with Tanaka on the DL. They have won eight of their last 12 games to remain 4.5 games behind Baltimore in the AL East. Their offense exploded for 12 runs on Tuesday night against Texas, which was the highest output since April 24th. New York is 10th in the American League in runs scored (427). Brett Gardner has turned into a power hitter over the last week (10 for 27 with 4 HR’s and 6 RBI) while Carlos Beltran hit .375 with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI. Chase Headley has also played well since being traded to New York (.346 with 1 HR and 3 RBI). Mark Teixeira returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday and delivered a HR and 2 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury only has one hit in his last 22 at-bats. The Yankees are seventh in the AL in ERA (3.89). Brandon McCarthy won both of his starts (3.75 ERA and 8 K’s in 12 innings) and has won his last five decisions between the American League and National League. The reports on Masahiro Tanaka have been positive over the last week, which gives him a chance to return to the starting rotation sometime in late August.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays have been on fire over the last five weeks of the season, where they have won 22 of their last 28 games to move within one game of .500. They trail Baltimore by seven games. Over their last nine games, Tampa’s pitching staff has allowed three runs or less eight times. This has helped them move to third American League in ERA (3.62). Their success has been driven by David Price (2.19 ERA in his last 12 starts with 106 K’s in 94.3 innings), Alex Cobb (1.65 ERA in his last four starts with 31 K’s in 27.3 innings) and Jake Odorizzi (4-1 in his last eight starts with a 2.75 ERA in 38 K’s and 36 innings). Ben Zobrist has been Tampa’s best hitter over the last week (.450 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI). Evan Longoria only has two hits in his last 19 at bats with 9 K’s. Desmond Jennings was the only other player to hit a home run (.217 with 1 HR and 4 RBI). The Rays are 11th in the AL in runs scored (421).

Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto is a great team when they are hitting. After struggling for five weeks, the Blue Jays found their offensive rhythm over the last 11 games. They have won nine of their last 11 games to move within 2.5 games of the Orioles in the AL East. They have scored five runs or more seven times in the last 10 games. Toronto regained the major league HR lead (128), and they are third American League in runs scored (500). Their success of late has been driven by Melky Cabrera (.345 with 2 HR’s and 9 RBI) and José Bautista (.400 with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI). Mark Buehrle hasn’t won a game since June 1st (9 starts), and he has a 4.19 ERA and 1.47 whip in his last 11 starts. Marcus Stroman has been electric in his last 11 games (2.12 ERA and 63 K’s in 68 innings). R.A. Dickey delivered an electric one run and 10 strikeout performance in his last start against the Red Sox. The Blue Jays are 11th in the AL in ERA (4.08).

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Atlanta Braves

The Braves have lost three of their last five games to fall out of first place. They trail Washington by 1 game in the NL East. Atlanta is 3rd in the NL in ERA (3.32). Mike Minor has been drilled in back to back games (12 runs and 24 base runners in 9 innings), worsening his ERA to 5.32. Julio Teheran delivered a plus 11 K game in his last start against Miami when he allowed 1 run in 7 innings. Jason Heyward is hitting .364 over the last week with 1 HR and 6 RBI. Justin Upton has 7 hits in his last 20 at bats with 7 runs, 1 HR and 2 RBI. Freddie Freeman only has 2 hits in his last 22 at bats. Andrelton Simmons is only hitting .130 in his last 23 at bats. Evan Gattis return for the DL after the break and has 1 hit in 7 at bats. The Braves are 10th in the National League in runs scored (389)

Miami Marlins

Miami has lost 7 of their last 10 games to fall 8.5 games off the pace in the NL East. They have scored 3 runs or less in 10 of their last 12 games, which has led to them falling to 6th in National League in runs scored (413). Christian Yelich has 9 hits in his last 23 at bats with 2 RBI and 1 SB. Jordany Valdespin was called up to take over the starting second base job. He was hitting .270 at AAA with 8 HR’s, 29 RBI and 15 SB’s in 222 at bats. Marcell Ozuna has 4 hits in his last 23 at bats with 8 K’s. The Marlins are 13th in the NL in ERA (4.01). Nathan Eovaldi has been a train wreck in his last two starts (13 runs and 18 base runners in 11 innings). Jacob Turner has returned to the starting rotation. He allowed 2 runs in 5 innings with 4 K’s in his first start. Andrew Heaney allowed 1 run and only 2 hits over 7 innings with 8 K’s in his last start at AAA.

New York Mets

The Mets have won 9 of their last 13 games to move within 5 game of the .500 mark. They trail Washington by 8 games. New York has scored only 9 runs in their last 5 games. They are 9th in the NL in runs scored (397). Travis D’Arnaud has 7 hits in his last 20 at bats with 3 RBI. Lucas Duda was the only batter to hit a HR. Juan Lagares only has 3 hits in his last 21 at bats with 3 RBI. Jon Niese returned for the DL on Monday where he allowed 4 runs and 13 base runners in 6 innings. Jacob DeGrom has only allowed 2 runs in his last 21 innings with 26 K’s. Zack Wheeler has allowed 1 run in each of his last 4 starts covering 25.3 innings. Noah Syndergaard allowed no runs in 6.3 innings with 5 K’s in his last start at AAA. Over his last ten starts, he has a 6.65 ERA. The Mets have moved to 7th in the NL in ERA (3.49).

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have lost 7 of their last 8 games to fall 15 games under the .500 mark. They appear to be sellers at the trade deadline. Their pitching staff has allowed 5 run or more 6 times in their last 8 games. Philly is 12th in the NL in ERA (3.99). Cliff Lee returned from the DL on Monday, but he struggled (6 runs and 13 base runners in 5.7 innings). Cole Hamels has a 2.26 ERA over his last 12 starts with 81 K’s in 83.7 innings. Jimmy Rollins has been the most productive bat (2 HR’s and 6 RBI) since the break, but he is only hitting .200. Grady Sizemore has played well since being called up from AAA (8 for 21 with 1 RBI). The Phillies have started sitting Ryan Howard down against lefties. He is hitting .209 against them with 40 K’s in 91 at-bats. I’m sure they would love to move him over the next week. Philadelphia is 12th in the NL in runs scored (386).

Washington Nationals

The Nationals have won six of their last 8 games to regain first place in the NL East. They have scored 5 runs or more in each of their last 6 wins. Washington lost Ryan Zimmerman for an extended amount of time with a hamstring injury. It’s too bad as he was just starting to find his stroke (.368 with 1 HR and 6 RBI over his last 5 games). Denard Span has 12 hits in his last 26 at bats with 1 RBI and 2 SB’s, and Ian Desmond hit .440 with 1 HR and 5 RBI. Over the last week, only Anthony Rendon struggled (.172). The Nationals have climbed to 5th in the NL in runs scored (420). Stephen Strasburg continues to pitch like a second tier arm (4.98 ERA in his last 7 starts). Tanner Roark has been their best pitcher all season (9-6 with a 2.91 ERA), although Doug Fister is a close 2nd (9-2 with a 2.92 ERA). Washington is 1st in the National League in ERA (3.12).

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Chicago Cubs

Chicago has been on a negative progression every since they traded away Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. They have lost 12 of their last 15 games. Their pitching staff has allowed 46 runs in their last 7 games, which included a shutout led by Kyle Hendricks. He threw 7 shutout innings with 5 K’s against the Padres. Travis Wood has 6.82 ERA in his last 6 starts with 21 walks in 31.7 innings. The Cubs are now 11th in the NL in ERA (3.90). Anthony Rizzo has 8 hits in his 17 at bats with 5 HR’s and 6 RBI. Over the last month, he is hitting .311 with 11 HR’s with 17 RBI. Starlin Castro only has 3 hits in his last 17 at bats with 1 RBI. Kris Bryant is only hitting .237 over his last 10 games at AAA with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI. Javier Baez has pushed his average to a season high (.253) after hitting .333 over his last 10 games with 2 HR’s and 10 RBI. Chicago is 13th in the National League in runs scored (384).

Cincinnati Reds

The Reds have started to take on water as they have lost their last 6 games to fall 5.5 games off the pace in the NL Central. They have scored 3 runs or less in each of their recent losses. Cinci is 10th the NL in runs scored (389). It looks like Joey Votto is just about done for the season as his recent update puts him out until early September. Brayan Pena is the only batter that hit over .250 over the last week (.263 with 2 HR’s). Jay Bruce only has 2 hits in his last 18 at-bats with 8 K’s. Devin Mesoraco has 1 hit in his last 15 at bats. Mike Leake has struggled in his last 3 starts (12 runs and 23 base runners in 19 innings). He has allowed 48 hits in his last 31.7 innings. Aroldis Chapman hasn’t saved a game since July 13th, but je has 12 K’s in his last 4.3 innings (13 possible outs). The Reds are 8th in the NL in ERA (3.53).

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers really needed a four day break as they were about to lose first place for the first time since April 4th. They had lost 11 of 13 games with a declining pitching staff. They have won 5 of their last 7 games to open up a 2.5 game lead in the NL Central. Milwaukee is 10th in the league in ERA (3.77). Wily Peralta has pitched well in his last two starts (1 run in 14 innings with 10 K’s). Jimmy Nelson was called up on July 12th to replace Marco Estrada in the starting rotation. He pitched well through 6 innings in his last start (3 runs in 6 innings with 5 K’s) before leaving in the 7th inning with the bases loaded after allowing 2 hits and a pair of hit batters (2 runs scored). Ryan Braun has 8 hits in his last 22 at bats with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI. Scooter Gennett left Wednesday night’s game with a quad injury. This will open up a short-term window for more at-bats for Rickie Weeks. The Brewers are 2nd in the National League in runs scored (448) and 2nd in HR’s (103).

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates have pushed their way into a 2nd place tie with the Cardinals in the NL Central after winning five of their last 6 games. They trail the Brewers by 2.5 games. Pittsburgh is 9th in the NL in ERA (3.68). Francisco Liriano has pitched great since coming off the DL (1 run in 12 innings with 12 K’s), and Vance Worley has pitched very well in his 6 starts since being called up as a fill in for the rotation (3-1 with 3.10 ERA). He’ll have about two more weeks to prove his worth as Gerrit Cole is expected back from his lat injury. Neil Walker has 10 hits in his last 22 at bats with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI. Gregory Polanco is only hitting .198 over the last 30 days with 3 HR’s, 11 RBI and 4 SB’s. Starling Marte was placed on the DL with a concussion issue, and it sounds like he will only miss about a week. The Pirates have moved to 4th in the NL in runs scored (423).

St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis moved into a first place tie for 2 days over the weekend before losing three straight games. They have hung pretty tough after losing their #2 starter. The Cardinals are 5th in the National League in ERA (3.39). Carlos Martinez has been bounced for the rotation for the short term after allowing 11 runs and 28 base runners in his last 14 innings. Joe Kelly pitched very well in his 2nd start (1 run in 7 innings with 4 K’s). Lance Lynn has a 2.59 ERA in his last 13 starts with 67 K’s in 80 innings. Matt Holliday has 2 HR’s and 6 RBI in his last 16 at bats, but he has 8 K’s. Tony Cruz has 6 hits in 36 at bats since taking over the starting catching job. Oscar Taveras has struggled to get full time at-bats since being called up in early July. He only 3 hits in his last 19 at bats with 4 starts in 10 games. St. Louis is 14th in the NL in runs scored (372) and last in HR’s (65).

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Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks have won 8 of their last 13 games, but they remain buried in the NL West. Arizona is 8th in the NL runs scored (406). Aaron Hill has 9 hits in his last 23 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Paul Goldschmidt hit .333 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI. Josh Collmenter has allowed 1 run or less in four of his last 5 starts. Wade Miley has a 2.90 ERA in his last 6 starts with 40 K’s in 40.3 innings. The Diamondbacks are 14th in the NL in ERA (4.25).

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies’ struggles will soon be forgotten when the Broncos hit the field in August. Colorado has lost 22 of their last 29 games. They lost Troy Tulowitzki for a couple of weeks with a thigh injury, and he was a very non-productive over the last 30 days (.280 with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI). Corey Dickerson has 9 hits in his last 20 at bats with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 SB’s. Josh Rutledge has played well over the last week (8 for 21 with 1 HR and 2 RBI). He should get full time at-bats with Tulo out, and this may lead to more at bats at 2B if he plays well. Carlos Gonzalez only has 3 hits in his last 19 at bats with 10 K’s. Nolan Arenado is only hitting .213 with 1 HR and 6 RBI since returning from the DL. The Rockies remain the worst pitching staff in the majors (5.04 ERA), but they lead the league in runs scored (476) and HR’s (117). Jorge De La Rosa has won 5 straight decisions over the last month. The Rockies have only won two games since June 15th with him not on the mound.

Los Angeles Dodgers

LA has lost four of six games after the All Star break to drop 2 games behind the Giants in the NL West. Josh Beckett struggled in his return from his hip injury (4 runs {3 HR’s} in 3.7 innings). Clayton Kershaw allowed 3 run in his last start, which is the most in a game since May 28th. He has a 0.75 ERA over his last 6 starts with 63 K’s in 48 innings. The Dodgers are 6th in the NL in ERA (3.41). Adrian Gonzalez has 8 hits in his last 22 at bats with 1 HR and 5 RBI. Carl Crawford has 2 hits in his last 16 at bats with 1 SB. Hanley Ramirez has missed the last couple of games after getting drilled twice against the Cardinals. LA is 3rd in the NL in runs scored (425).

San Diego Padres

San Diego has lost eight of their last 12 games, yet they remain in 3rd place in the NL West. They have scored 1 run or less 5 times in their last 11 games. They are 2nd in the National League in ERA (3.18). Odrisamer Despaigne has delivered 5 straight solid start since being called up from AAA. He has a 1.31 ERA in 34.3 innings, which is surprising considering he had a 6.85 ERA at AAA with 48 base runners allowed in 23.7 innings. Sometimes fantasy player just step in shit and come out smelling like a rose. Tyson Ross has a 1.47 ERA over his last 43 innings with 42 K’s. Huston Street was traded to the Angels, which gives Joaquin Benoit the closing job for now. There’s a chance he gets traded as well. If so, Kevin Quackenbush is my favorite to pitch in the 9th. Cameron Maybin was suspended for 25 games for taking amphetamines. Will Venable will get a chance at increased at bats. He has 5 hits in his last 16 at-bats with 1 HR and 2 SB’s. Chase Headley was traded to the Yankees, which gives newly acquired Yangervis Solarte the inside track as the third base job.

San Francisco Giants

The Giants have won six of their last seven games to move back into first place in the NL West. They have scored 5 runs or more in five of their last six games. Buster Posey has 10 hits in his last 25 at bats with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Hunter Pence hit .400 with 1 HR and 8 RBI. Pablo Sandoval is the 3rd batter with 10 hits or more over the last 7 games (.370 with 1 HR and 4 RBI). Michael Morse is only hitting .235 over the last 30 days with 1 HR and 3 RBI. San Fran is 7th in the NL in runs scored (408). After struggling for 4 straight starts (19 runs in 24.3 innings), Madison Bumgarner is 2-0 in his last two starts with 1 run allowed in 14 innings with 13 K’s. Tim Lincecum has a 1.64 ERA in his last 6 starts with 4 wins and 1 save. The Giants are 4th in the National League in ERA (3.35).

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Los Angeles Angels

LA closed within a game of the A’s at the All Star break, but they have lost 3 of their last 4 games to drop 2 games off the pace. They have scored 3 runs or less in four of their last 5 games. The Angels now lead the AL in run scored (393). Mike Trout has 2 HR’s in his last 24 at bats, but he has 9 K’s. Howie Kendrick hit .333 with 1 RBI and 1 SB. Albert Pujols only has 3 hits in his last 21 at bats. LA is 6th in the American League in ERA (3.78). Garrett Richards delivered another electric start (1 run in 8 innings with 7 K’s), and Hector Santiago pitched great in a spot start (7.7 shutout innings with 4 K’s). The Angels acquired Huston Street to take over the 9th inning. C.J. Wilson was put on the DL with an ankle injury.

Houston Astros

The Astros have struggled to score runs in 6 of their last 7 games. They have won 6 of their last 10 games to remain ahead of Texas for the battle of the cellar dwellers in the AL West. George Springer has missed the last couple of games due to a knee injury, and he is only hitting .191 over the last 30 days with 42 K’s in 99 at bats. Jose Altuve continues to be the team’s best hitter (.400 with 1 HR and 4 RBI). Jason Castro doesn’t have a hit in his last 13 at bats with 4 K’s. Houston is last in the American League in runs scored (387). They are 14th in the league in ERA (4.36). All four of their starters allowed 3 runs or less in their starts after the break, but no pitcher delivered a noteworthy game. Brett Oberholtzer allowed 2 runs in 7 innings, but he had no K’s.

Oakland A’s

The A’shave lost 5 of their last 9 games, but they remain 2 games ahead of the Angels in the AL West. They are 1st in the American League in ERA (3.10) while slipping to 2nd in runs scored (487). Sonny Gray has been Oakland’s best pitcher over the last month (4-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 30 K’s in 33.3 innings). Jeff Samardzija has pitched reasonable well in his three starts (3.27 ERA), but Jason Hammel has proved to be a weak link in his two starts (0-2 with a 9.00 ERA). Yoenis Cespedes has 6 hits in his last 17 at bats, and Josh Donaldson hit .313 with 1 HR and 6 RBI. Coco Crisp only has 2 hits in his last 17 at bats. Drew Pomeranz allowed 1 run in 6 innings with 5 K’s in his last start at AAA. He may get the next call if Hammel continues to struggle.

Seattle Mariners

Seattle has lost 7 of their last 11 games to drop 8.5 games behind Oakland in the AL West. They are still one of the favorites to win the last wild card slots for the playoffs. Their pitching staff ranks 2nd in the league with a 3.11 ERA. Every starting pitcher allowed 3 run or less since the All Star break. Erasmo Ramirez delivered a surprising 10 K game over 7 innings in his last start against the Mets. Feliz Hernandez, who threw 7 shutout innings with 9 K’,s continues to be a rock at the front of the rotation. Over the last month, he is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 41 K’s over 38 innings. Dustin Ackley has 10 hits in his last 21 at bats with 3 RBI, and Kyle Seager hit .304 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. Mike Zunino only has 3 hits in his last 18 at bats while Logan Morrison has 1 hit in 13 at bats. The Mariners are 13th in the AL in runs scored (394).

Texas Rangers

The Rangers have lost 17 of their last 20 games. They have the worst record in baseball at 40-60 and are last in the American League in ERA (4.85). Their under par starters have allowed 2 runs or less in four games since the All Star break. Yu Darvish allowed 1 run in 6.7 innings with 12 K’s. Nick Martinez pitched a surprising 5.3 shutout innings against the Yankees with 3 K’s. J.P. Arencibia was called back up to play some 1st base. He has 3 hits in 19 at bats, but 2 of those hits left the ballpark. Roughed Odor has 7 hits in 18 at bats with 2 RBI. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .221 over the last 30 days with only 2 HR’s and 6 RBI. The Rangers are 9th in the AL in runs scored (408).