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If you look through the box scores from Saturday night, you will come across a stange site when you see the Dodgers and Angels game. The Dodgers won the game 1-0. The strange part? The Dodgers won the game without the benefit of a hit. That’s right, The Angels’ Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined for a no-hitter and still lost the game.
In the 5th inning, Matt Kemp reached first on a Jered Weaver error. Matt Kemp then stole second base and advanced to third base on a Jeff Mathis throwing error. Matt Kemp then scored on a Blake DeWitt sacrifice fly. The Angles couldn’t score a run to help out and thus the Dodgers won the game without recording a hit. It was just the fourth time that a team threw a no-hitter and lost the game. Well, enough reflection on freak occurrences. It’s time to see who was hot, hot, hot last week.
Evan Longoria (3B), Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays rookie, whom I dropped during a period when he was consistently hitting .240, went on a rampage last week (and irnoically destroyed my team in my match up). Longoria nabbed 13 hits that included 5 doubles and 3 HR. He drove in 10 RBI and crossed the plate 7 times. It may sound like paranoia but, Longoria knew he was facing my fantasy team last week.
Bobby Abreu (RF), New York Yankees: Entering the week hitting .273, Abreu went 9-19 (.474). His offensive display included a pair of home runs and nine RBI. For the OBP lovers out there (myself included), Abreu walked 5 times.
Dustin Pedroia (2B), Boston Red Sox: Pedroia has been on a tear lately as evident last week when he totaled 15 hits to raise his batting average to .304. With his five RBI, he now only is 13 RBI away from his 2007 total of 50.
Adiran Beltre (3B), Seattle Mariners: The man who was drafted in the 2nd round of the SoB league’s draft clearly has not lived up to the hype that his owner thought he would. Maybe last week raised his trade value just a little bit. Beltre hit .375 last week (9-24) and had eight RBI. Worthy of a round 2 pick? I’d rather have Adrian from “Rocky” on my fantasy team.
Carl Crawford (LF), Tampa Bay Rays: Talk about an overrated fantasy player. Don’t get me wrong, he is good to have on your team but, just not in the first 2 rounds. Coming into the week, Crawford had 5 HR’s on the season. Last week he hit 3 longballs. He also had 6 RBI and stole a base for good measure.
A.J. Burnett (SP), Toronto Blue Jays: Prior to week 13, Burnett had an ERA of 11.49 in his previous three starts. So, I naturally had him benched for his two starts last week. Well, instead of pitching poorly, Burnett picked up two wins while pitching 15 innings, allowing only one run and striking out 18 batters. What a bastard.
John Lackey (SP), Los Angeles Angels: Lackey threw 16.2 innings and struck out 15 batters on his way to two wins. He allowed one earned run in his week of work. Since coming off the DL, Lackey has an ERA of 1.44.
Rich Harden (SP), Oakland A’s: Everyone is waiting for his next injury. Well, until that happens, Harden will continue to dominate. His lone start last week was a beauty. Harden fanned 11 batters in 8 innings of work to get win number 5. He already as many wins this season as he did in the last two seasons combined.
Mark Buehrle (SP), Chicago White Sox: Buehrle won both starts last week and gave up one earned run in 15 innings. Buehrle had an amazing June by going 4-0 with an ERA of 1.60.
Dan Haren (SP), Arizona Diamondbacks: Haren shutout everybody he faced last week. He gave up zero runs in 14 innings and struck out 12 batters. Be careful though. Last season after the All-Star break, Haren went downhill and fast by posting an ERA of 4.15 after he had an ERA of 2.30 in the first half of the season.
Why Should I Give A Crap About These Guys?
Chan Ho Park (SP,RP), Los Angeles Dodgers: Park has made two quality starts in a row and has struck out 16 batters in those two starts. Park has worked mostly in long relief out of the bullpen all season but is now in the rotation. In three starts in 2008, Park is 1-0 with and ERA of 1.20.
Jim Edmonds (CF), Chicago Cubs: One look at his batting average (.242) and you may run for the hills. IGNORE THAT NUMBER. What makes it false is the time he spent in San Diego at the start of the season. As a Padre, Edmonds hit .178 in 90 at bats. Since joining the Cubs, Edmondsis hitting .302 with 7 HR and 22 RBI in 32 games.
Chris Davis (1B), Texas Rangers: Just called up from Triple-A, Davis is 3-8 with two home runs in four games. He is playing for Hank Blalock who is taking longer than expected to return from the DL. Before the call up, Davis had 10 home runs in 111 Triple-A at bats.
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