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OK, so the Matt Wieters experiment isn’t looking good so far (.182 avg, 0 RBI), but hey, these things just need time baby. In one of my leagues, I was offered a trade. It was Angels’ 1B Kendry Morales for Colorado 3B Garrett Atkins. Maybe this guy got a hold of my piece on Atkins from a few weeks ago. In any case, he clearly sees that Atkins has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games. I also think the trade was offered because I myself at one time was a Morales owner in that league and he is trying to throw his success (8 HR, 30 RBI) in my face. Either way, I rejected the deal.
Curtis Granderson (CF), Detroit Tigers: Showing off his 20-20 ability, Granderson gave owners 2 HR and 3 SB to put him at 13-8 on the year. His 10 hits were tied for the 4th most last week and he scored seven runs.
Adrian Gonzalez (1B), San Diego Padres: Baseball’s leader in HR blasted 4 more last week (and one on Monday night) to bring him to 21 on the year. Driving in 10 runs and walking an impressive six times completed his week.
Mark Teixeira (1B), New York Yankees: Tex continues on his rampage as he collected 10 hits including 3 HR, 3 doubles and 10 RBI. Tex just wrapped an epic May where he hit .330 with 13 HR and 34 RBI.
Matt Kemp (CF,RF), L.A. Dodgers: Kemp’s 11 hits were the third most in the league last week and he hit .407 as a result. Showing speed and power, Kemp hit 2 HR and had 3 SB. Kemp has 16 hits in his last 10 games.
Ichiro Suzuki (CF,RF), Seattle Mariners: Ichiro led the league with 15 hits in Week 8 and he even hit 4 doubles, a HR, and he stole two bases. With 68 hits in 43 games, Ichiro is poised for yet another 200+ hit season.
Chris Carpenter (SP), St. Louis Cardinals: Do you think he is healthy yet? Well, last week’s numbers spoke for themself. Carpenter’s two starts yielded a win and 15 K’s in 14.0 IP. Since his return from the DL, Carpenter has an ERA of 0.95 in 19.0 IP.
Yovani Gallardo (SP), Milwaukee Brewers: After a terrible start last week (5 IP, 6 ER), Gallardo made two spectacular outings with a 0.68 ERA and a win. In addition, he struck out 15 batters.
Edwin Jackson (SP), Detroit Tigers: Jackson has been reborn in Detroit. He made two quality starts last week and got one victory out of them. Jackson fanned 9 batters and lowered his ERA to 2.30 in the process.
Brad Lidge (RP), Philadelphia Phillies: With two blown saves and a four earned runs in 2.1 IP a few weeks ago (17.14 ERA), we thought we might have seen the Brad Lidge who gave up the home run to Albert Pujols in Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS. Lidge bounced back in a big way in Week 8 by allowing no runs in 3.2 innings of work and picking up 4 saves.
Oh screw it…
Zack Greinke (SP), Kansas City Royals: Well, the section is named after him, so he might as well be here. Why the hell not right? All he did last week was improve to 8-1 with a win over the Tigers. Greinke struck out 15 batters for the week and even picked up complete game number five.
Luke Scott (LF), Baltimore Orioles: Scott came off the DL last week and all he did was lead the majors in HR (6) and RBI (14). Scott homered in four straight games and took the spotlight away from the arrival of Matt Wieters.
Josh Willingham (LF), Washington Nationals: Willingham has been killing the ball lately by hitting 3 HR in his last three games. With 8 hits in his last 5 games, Willingham has raised his average from .213 to .252.
Edwin Maysonet (2B), Houston Astros: Called up to replace the injured Kaz Matsui, the rookie has filled in admirably by going 9-20 (.450) with a pair of doubles and a HR.