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With the All-Star week taking place, the number of games played was limited. The fantasy week started last Thursday which could have been an advantage or a handicap. In Yahoo! leagues, the minimum innings pitched requirement was waived which made for some interesting head-to-head outcomes. Those seeking to find out who prospered in the limited action of week 16 should continue reading.
Willie Harris (2B, 3B, LF, CF), Washington Nationals: The three game schedule helped rocket Harris to the title of best player last week. Harris was 7-12 with a double, triple, and home run. His 7 RBI week was highlighted by a 5 RBI game on Sunday.
Troy Glaus (3B), St. Louis Cardinals: Three of Glaus’s seven hits were home runs. He also added 2 doubles and 5 RBI to his week. Glaus is hitting .475 in his last 10 games with 5 HR and 10 RBI.
Luke Scott (LF, RF), Baltimore Orioles: Three home runs and 6 RBI in four games for Scott. He has the make of a second half stud. In his career in 177 games before the break he as a .235 avg, 24 HR, and 73 RBI. In 144 games after the break he has a .317 avg, 21 HR, and 71 RBI.
Melvin Mora (3B), Baltimore Orioles: Mora homered in three consecutive games and drove in seven. Mora is having a good July with a .302 avg, 4 HR, and 16 RBI.
Ryan Braun (3B, LF), Milwaukee Brewers: Braun put on a hitting clinic last week with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and home run #24. If only he could hit away from Miller Park (.255, 7 HR on the road).
CC Sabathia (SP), Milwaukee Brewers: This man hasn’t been mentioned much in the wrap-ups (sarcasm). Sabathia continued to dominate the NL last week with his 2nd complete game as a Brewer and striking out 10.
Ryan Dempster (SP, RP), Chicago Cubs: Behold the power of a contract year. Dempster helped his cause in his lone start by throwing eight shut out innings while fanning 7 batters. Don’t believe in the contract year motivation? Career ERA: 4.65. 2008 ERA: 3.05.
Matt Garza (SP), Tampa Bay Rays: He is showing the Rays they are glad to have traded Delmon Young by picking up his eighth win. His line for the game was: 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 6K. Garza is outstanding at Tropicana with a 6-1 record and 2.10 ERA.
Brain Fuentes (RP), Colorado Rockies: Does he have a future in the Sox bullpen? Until then, Colorado is glad to have him as evident last week when Fuentes pitched two perfect innings of relief and picked up two saves. Fuentes hasn’t surrendered a run, hit, or walk in the month of July.
Duaner Sanchez (RP), New York Mets: Not too many non-closing relievers make it into the wrap-up. Sanchez picked up two wins in New York’s four games and didn’t give up any runs.
Edgar Gonzalez (2B, 3B), San Diego Padres: Gonzalez is flying under the radar in the NL. In 55 games, the rookie has 56 hits, 11 doubles, 5 HR, and 21 RBI while batting .311. 2B is a shallow position and Gonzalez is a very consistent hitter. He also has 2 hits in each of his last 4 games.
Nomar Garciaparra (1B, 3B, SS), L.A. Dodgers: Nomar continues to stick around. He has 9 hits in his last 5 games which includes a two home run game on July 13th. Take what you want from it but, Nomar is hitting .333 in 13 July games.
Chris Volstad (SP, RP) Florida Marlins: Now officially in the Florida rotation, Volstad is a good add. His first start was great: 8.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K. On Monday he took the loss in a quality start: 6 IP, 3 ER, 3K. Backed by a good offense, Volstad should ensure quality starts for the rest of the season.