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Well, what can we say after ten long weeks of fantasy play? Braves 3B Chipper Jones is still hitting over .400 (.420). That is something we didn’t see coming. Braves 3B Chipper Jones missed Sunday’s game due to injury. That is something we saw coming from a mile away. The injury isn’t considered serious and he is expected to only miss one or two games. Personally, as a Sox fan, I don’t want Jones to hit over .400 because I want Ted Williams to forever be the last man to hit over .400 in a season. It’s just my opinion, but I like for old records to be kept intact. On a related note, I was more than pleased to see Big Brown lose the Belmont Stakes. Affirmed’s record has stayed alive for one more year. Speaking of horses, who was a workhorse last week in baseball? I swear, that is my last bad transition ever. Nah, I can’t keep that promise.
Milton Bradley (LF,CF,RF), Texas Rangers: Well Yee-Haw! Who would have thought that the man keeping Josh Hamilton from the AL Triple Crown would be his own teammate? Bradley was 11-23 (.478) last week with 5 HR, 3 doubles, 9 RBI, 12 R, 9 walks, and 4 SB. He now has a .340 AVG and leads the AL in OBP with .456.
J.D. Drew (RF), Boston Red Sox: I thought that Manny would be the one to step up in place of the injured Ortiz. Well, you can’t be right all the time. Drew, showing us why we aren’t sorry we overpaid him, had 12 hits last week that included home runs number 6, 7, and 8. He also tacked on 3 doubles and a triple for good measure. The 7 runs he drove in proves he can handle Papi’s work load.
Ryan Garko (1B), Cleveland Indians: Entering the week hitting .230, Garko proceeded to go 13-29 to raise his average to .263. He also contributed 10 RBI which included a 6 RBI game against Texas.
Jorge Cantu (1B,3B), Florida Marlins: This man’s season is just up and down from week to week. He has been picked up and dropped more than any player in any league I am in. Well, pick him up again I say! Cantu’s 11 hit, 5 double, 3 HR, 7 RBI week means that he will have a roster spot on a fantasy team for the time being.
Joe Crede (3B), Chicago White Sox: The entire White Sox offense woke up last week but, Crede was it’s heaviest hitter. Crede was 11-18 (.611) and drove in 12 RBI. Crede had 5 home runs that included back-to-back multi-home run games. I wonder if Crede’s amazing week was part of Dev’s team. Oh wait, he was! What a load of crap.
Jonathan Sanchez (SP,RP), San Francisco Giants: Sanchez had filthy stuff last week. In fact, we may have to start calling him The Filthy San… oh wait, we can’t say that here. What we can say is how brilliant his pitching was. 14 IP, 2 W’s, and 12 K’s is pretty filthy. Sanchez’s last five starts have been quality starts.
Hiroki Kuroda (SP), Los Angeles Dodgers: Kuroda’s only start last week was a complete game shutout where he struck out 11 batters and allowed only 4 hits and walked nobody. Kuroda only has 3 wins in 13 starts on the season despite having an ERA of 3.49. I guess he’ll have to throw complete game shutouts every start if he wants to win.
Trevor Hoffman (RP), San Diego Padres: Hoffman is not ready to give the closer’s role to Heath Bell yet. Even though it has been a rough season for Hoffman (1-4 record, 4.70 ERA, and 3 blown saves), he managed to squeeze out 3 saves and a win last week without allowing a hit or a walk.
Derek Lowe (SP), Los Angeles Dodgers: The former Sox starter pitched well last week and got 2 W’s by throwing 15 innings and fanning 7. Lowe has an ERA of 1.86 in his last 29 innings.
Will Ohman (RP), Atlanta Braves: The only reason he gets a mention here is because I can make a bad pun out of his name. The Braves reliever had a great week by pitching 5.1 innings of relief and getting 2 wins. OH MAN, what a week! Thank you, thank you. Please hold your applause.
Why Should I Give A Crap About These Guys?
Alexei Ramirez (2B,CF), Chicago White Sox: Like I said earlier, the White Sox offense was on fire last week. Ramirez has come alive as of late. Entering June he was hitting .234. Since then he has 14 hits to raise his AVG to .295. He has also has hit 2 home runs and driven in 9 in the month of June.
Eric Chavez (3B), Oakland Athletics: In 8 games since returning from the DL, Chavez has compiled a .313 AVG, hit 3 doubles, one HR, and 5 RBI. This is a man who averaged 28 HR per season from 2000 to 2006, so he is worth a look.
Phil Dumatrait (SP,RP), Pittsburgh Pirates: They say a good man is hard to find. Well, the same can be said for a Pittsburgh starting pitcher. Dumatrait is a good man and a good pitcher. Since being moved to the rotation on May 2nd, Dumatrait has 3 wins as a starter. In his last 4 starts (24.1 IP), Dumatrait has an ERA of 1.87.
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