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Week 19 was full of news that will effect your fantasy world. Here are some headlines that you should pay attention to.
Houston OF Carlos Lee is done for the season after taking a pitch off his left pinky finger. It was reported that there were six fractures total in that one tiny digit. At the time of injury, Lee was hitting .314 with 28 HR and 100 RBI.
Dependable Arizona 2B Orlando Hudson was just placed on the 60-day DL after fracturing his wrist and he too is done for 2008.
Potential AL Rookie of the Year Evan Longoria was placed on the 15-day DL with a fractured wrist. Willy Aybar (6 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI last week) will most likely get the majority of playing time in his absence.
Cincinnati LF Adam Dunn is now a Diamondback. He brings his raw power (32 HR, 74 RBI) and great plate presence (80 BB, .373 OBP) to a offensively deficient Arizona ball club. For what it’s worth, Dunn is a career .150 hitter at Chase Field.
Now for Week 19′s stars…
Raul Ibanez (LF), Seattle Mariners: Ibanez was 11-31 (.355) with 3 HR and 12 RBI for the Mariners last week. He is hitting .337 in 23 games since the break. Remember folks, it is his contract year.
Jacoby Ellsbury (LF, CF, RF), Boston Red Sox: Is he waking up? Hopefully so. Ellsbury had an all-around productive week with power and speed. He had two home runs and three stolen bases. Interesting stat: Ellsbury hasn’t had a walk since July 13th.
Lastings Milledge (LF, CF, RF), Washington Nationals: Milledge is riding an 11 game hit streak and last week he compiled 13 hits, 3 HR, and 7 RBI. In 10 August games he is hitting .415 with 5 HR.
Curtis Granderson (CF), Detroit Tigers: Granderson has four home runs in his last ten games including three last week. His week also included five RBI and eight runs scored.
Albert Pujols (1B), St. Louis Cardinals: Winnie the Pujols didn’t get stuck in any honey jars but he did hit three homers and drove in eight. The only other delicious thing besides the honey was the fact that Pujols also had seven walks. Mmmm mmmm, love those free passes.
Brian Moehler (SP, RP), Houston Astros: He isn’t flashy, but he gets it done. Moehler pitched 12 innings in two starts and got the win in both. He only struck out seven batters but he didn’t issue any walks and only gave up one earned run.
Fernando Rodney (RP), Detroit Tigers: Rodney broke out of a recent funk last week by picking up two saves in 5.2 innings of work. He fanned eight men during his time on the mound.
Troy Percival (RP), Tampa Bay Rays: Percival tossed 2.2 innings of perfect baseball and was rewarded with two saves and his second victory of the season.
C.C. Sabathia (SP), Milwaukee Brewers: Like he doesn’t get enough coverage in this section. Sabathia pitched complete game #4 as a Brewer and struck out nine. Sabathia is 6-0 witha 1.58 ERA since being traded from Cleveland.
Brandon Webb (SP), Arizona Diamondbacks: Webb continues to dominate with two wins and two earned runs in 15 innings. Webb’s ERA in his last seven starts is a microscopic 1.59 and he hasn’t lost since June 22nd.
Marlon Byrd (LF, CF, RF), Texas Rangers: Those looking for some pop in place of Carlos Lee may want to add Byrd aka the AL Player of the Week. Byrd’s award winning week included 16 hits, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 doubles, and 2 SB.
Jody Gerut (CF, RF), San Diego Padres: Gerut is quietly having a power surge. In 21 games post break, he is hitting .324 with 7 HR and 14 RBI.
Cesar Izturis (3B, SS), St. Louis Cardinals: Izturis has given owners a surge of offense lately with 10 hits in his last 6 games with 4 stolen bases.