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One week is done in the fantasy playoffs, and in the majority of leagues there’s just four teams left. There were some major stories around baseball this past week that may have a major effect on your rosters. Here’s the top headlines of the week.
Chicago White Sox OF Carlos Quentin will have surgery on his forearm and may miss the rest of the season. Quentin who is hitting .288 with 36 HR and 100 RBI, injured his forearm after hitting it with his bat during a game Sept. 1 against Cleveland.
ESPN.com is reporting that Mets Closer Billy Wagner will have surgery on his elbow and will miss the rest of the season and most likely the entire 2009 season.
Rookie of the Year candidate Evan Longoria was activated from the disabled list this past weekend. Longoria has been out with a fractured wrist and hopes to help keep Tampa Bay ahead in the race for the AL East.
Now the stars of Week 23.
Nate McLouth (LF,CF,RF), Pittsburgh Pirates: McLouth has cooled off since his hot start but last week he shined again. He compiled 10 hits that included his 24th HR of the season. He also swiped an impressive six bases.
Andre Ethier (LF,RF), L.A. Dodgers: Ethier slapped the ball to all parts of the field with his 13 hits. He had 3 doubles, a triple, and 2 HR. Ethier also had eight RBI and scored 10 runs.
Alex Rodriguez (3B), New York Yankees: A-Rod homered in three consecutive games and had 10 RBI last week. In seven September games, he is hitting .346.
Alfonso Soriano (LF,CF), Chicago Cubs: Soriano hit four home runs last week (three came in one game). He also had six RBI…five came in one game. Soriano had seven total hits for the week, and four came in one game. Lastly, he had two stolen bases. Guess how many he had in one game.
Coco Crisp (CF), Boston Red Sox: With 13 hits, Coco has raised his average to .284. For the rest of the week, he scored eight runs and stole two bases.
Roy Oswalt (SP), Houston Astros: Oswalt has made seven straight quality starts including two last week where he picked up two wins while surrendering zero runs and fanning nine batters in 17.1 IP.
Cliff Lee (SP), Cleveland Indians: In 16.1 IP, Lee gave up just one run and won both his starts to improve to 21-2 this season. His numbers are just plain ridiculous. He has won seven straight and has three complete games in his last 10 starts. In those 10 starts, he hasn’t surrendered more than two runs in nine of them.
Jonathan Broxton (RP), L.A. Dodgers: Broxton pitched four innings and picked up three saves. He gave up no runs and struck out six batters. He has 81 K in 61.2 IP this season.
Jose Valverde (RP), Houston Astros: Just three more saves for Valverde who has converted his last 14 save opportunities and has given up only one run in that time.
Joakim Soria (RP), Kansas City Royals: K-Rod can get all the saves he wants, but Soria has been a better closer this season. Last week he picked up saves 34 and 35. He also got his 2nd win of the year against Oakland.
Scott McClain (1B), S.F. Giants: The 36-year-old rookie has hit his first two major league HRs in his first week of work and is batting .429 in his six games since being called up.
Nate Schierholtz (RF), S.F. Giants: Another Giants’ prospect benefiting from a September call-up. In his time, he is 11-22 with a home run, two doubles, two RBI, and six runs scored.
Pablo Sandoval (C,1B,3B), S.F. Giants: Sandoval has made the most of his 21 games. He is hitting .364 with 2 HR, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored. Best of all is that he qualifies at catcher!