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We are about to enter August and also about to see the end of the trade deadline. I really hope the Red Sox don’t trade Manny because for the sake of three of my fantasy teams, I don’t want Pat Burrell in Boston. It’s not that I don’t like Pat Burrell, I love the guy. It’s just that I am notorious for having a strict policy of having no Red Sox players on my teams. So, I don’t want to have to go through the pain in the butt of trading him and not to mention losing a player who is going to hit close to 35 HR and walk 100 times. Enough small talk, lets talk hot players.
Conor Jackson (1B, LF), Arizona Diamondbacks: Future Sox LF? If he keeps this up then I hope so. Jackson is riding a five game hit streak with 13 hits and 5 HR last week. He drove in six to bring his total to 55 on the season.
Shane Victorino (CF, RF), Philadelphia Phillies: The Flyin’ Hawaiian looked great as he collected 9 hits including a surprising 3 HR. His HR total for the year stands at 8 so don’t expect a power surge to continue but, his 3 stolen bases are a lot closer to the skills he possesses and he now has 25 for the year.
Ryan Braun (3B, LF), Milwaukee Brewers: How do you spell “locked in”. I guess I answered my own question. Braun has homered in 4 of his last 5 games. Those 4 HR were part of a 13 hit week that included 9 RBI.
Alex Rios (CF, RF), Toronto Blue Jays: Where the hell has Rios been all year? He finally decided to show up last week. Rios had 3 HR, 5 RBI, and 3 SB in week 17. My theory on why he has been explosive lately? Well, somewhere between July 10 and July 18, Rios welcomed a brand new baby into his life. I swear, players who have babies tend to go through explosive streaks.
Adam LaRoche (1B), Pittsburgh Pirates: Hello Mr. 2nd Half! I told you this would happen. LaRoche had 4 HR, 5 RBI, and my personal favorite, 5 BB last week. So far after the break, LaRoche is hitting .375 with 4 HR and 9 RBI and he is annihilating the month of July with a .390 avg and 16 XBH.
Jon Lester (SP), Boston Red Sox: He saved us from being swept against the Yankees but that’s not all he did. Lester’s week included two starts, two wins, and 14 K’s in 14.1 innings. Lester lowered his ERA to 3.17 after giving up just two runs in his starts.
Rich Harden (SP), Chicago Cubs: Harden can’t be touched in Chicago. In two starts, he gave up two runs in 12 innings while striking out a ridiculous 20 batters. In three starts as a Cub, Harden has an ERA of 1.04 and 30 strikeouts in 17.1 innings for a K/9 of 15.79.
Randy Johnson (SP), Arizona Diamondbacks: The Big Unit won both of his starts without surrendering a single run. Disappointingly he only fanned six batters but hey, I’ll take the two quality starts any day.
Paul Maholm (SP), Pittsburgh Pirates: Maholm has turned into a useful starter as evident by his two great starts. He only picked up one win but, he did strike out 14 batters and gave up just two runs in 15 innings of work.
Salomon Torres (RP), Milwaukee Brewers: A good week for a reliever. Torres got 3 saves and a win last week. Any fears about an Eric Gagne takeover should be put to rest by now.
Zach Miner (RP), Detroit Tigers: Miner has been an up and down reliever this season but now has been moved to the rotation. He has won both of his starts which have both been quality outings of 6IP, 0ER and 6IP, 2ER.
Bryan LaHair (1B), Seattle Mariners: With Richie Sexson gone, LaHair has been getting the bulk of the work at 1B. Currently he is riding a 5 game hit streak including his first major league home run in Monday’s game against Texas.
Fernando Tatis (LF, RF), New York Mets: In his last 4 games, Tatis has 8 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 3 2B, and 4 R. Whew, what a gathering of stats. He is capping off a July where he is hitting .410 in 22 games and he gets a personal nod from me because he is the only player in major league history to hit two grand slams in one game…in the same inning.