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The fantasy baseball season has officially come to an end. The laughter, the tears, the tears, the tears, and more tears. Oh god the tears. I personally have been curled up into a ball and sobbing like a little baby. Since this is the very last Wrap-Up of the 2008 season, we will not be including headlines since they will not impact you’re rosters anymore. We will however do the hot players on offense and the hot players on pitching. Why? Because I love those stats baby and I know you do too.
The stars of week 25.
Felipe Lopez (2B,3B,SS,LF), St. Louis Cardinals: What a player to have for your stretch run. Lopez had an amazing 17 hits including 3 doubles and a home run. He drove in 7 and scored 10 runs. And look at that, he even stole a base to boot.
Hank Blalock (1B,3B), Texas Rangers: 10 hits for the oft-injured Blalock. He blasted 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 doubles, and crossed the plate 8 times.
Ben Zobrist (SS,LF), Tampa Bay Rays: Zobrist helped push the Rays into first place with his great final week. Zobrist knocked the cover off the ball with 4 HR and 7 RBI. He also scored 7 runs.
Joey Votto (1B,LF), Cincinnati Reds: Votto made a push for NL Rookie of the Year by collecting 13 hits, including 3 doubles, 3 HR, and 6 RBI.
Mike Naploli (C), L.A. Angels: Holy crap! Napoli raised his average from .250 to .273 by getting 11 hits with 3 doubles and 2 HR. Napoli drove in 8 RBI as well. He had an under-the-radar season for a catcher with 20 HR.
CC Sabathia (SP), Milwaukee Brewers: What else can we say about Sabathia. I think he has been mentioned more times in the wrap-up than any other player. Making two starts, one on short rest, Sabathia gave up one earned run in 16 IP and struck out 18 batters. His overall stint with the Brewers yielded an 11-2 record, 1.65 ERA, 128 K in 130.2 IP and 7 CG.
Johan Santana (SP), New York Mets: Santana probably won himself the NL Cy Young award with his two starts last week. In total, he struck out 19 batters in 17 IP while giving up just two runs. No need to say it but, he did win both his starts.
Mike Mussina (SP), New York Yankees: The Moose gave up zero runs in 11 IP and won both his starts as he struck out 9 batters. He improved to 20-9 on the season. Putting aside the whole stupid Yankees/Red Sox rivalry, much respect goes out to Mussina who finally achieved a 20-win season. Congrats Moose. Two more seasons and he can reach 300 wins.
Chad Qualls (RP), Arizona Diamondbacks: Taking over as closer seems to fit Qualls who has 9 saves in his short stint as the 9th inning man. Last week he picked up three of those saves and struck out 4 batters in 3 innings.
Fernando Rodney (RP), Detroit Tigers: Rodney saved three games and had six K’s in 3.1 IP to give himself 13 saves for the year. With the retirement of Todd Jones, Rodney may be the next in line to close out games in Detroit.
David Price (SP,RP), Tampa Bay Rays: Tampa Bay’s prospects are still amazing. Price’s brief stint in the majors yielded great stuff. In total, he pitched 14 innings and struck out 12. He gave up just three runs in his time. In his one start, he went 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 K.
Matt LaPorta (OF), Cleveland Indians: LaPorta didn’t get to see major league action in 2008 but seeing as he was the main prize in the CC Sabathia trade, I assume the Indians’ organization won’t keep him hidden for 2009. In his 2008 minor league year, he hit 22 HR and drove in 68 RBI in 101 games.
Nelson Cruz (LF,CF,RF), Texas Rangers: After years of hype in the minors, Cruz finally delivered in his short time in 2008 with a .330 avg, 7 HR, 26 RBI, and 3 SB in just 31 games. He finally seems to be the real deal and playing in Texas assures big numbers. Keep an eye out for him in 2009.
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