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Yay! Zack Greinke finally had his first bad start of the season in a 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays. I can now finally re-name the “Best Pitchers” section of the Wrap-Up. Greinke struggled last Friday against the Blue Jays by giving up five earned runs in five innings of work to raise his ERA to 1.55. As per my agreement, Greinke’s bad start means that his name is removed from this week’s Wrap-Up. The first bad start of many? It will be most interesting to see.
Prince Fielder (1B), Milwaukee Brewers: The fat first baseman managed to raise his avg. from .273 to .298 with a 12/26 (.462) week that included seven extra base hits (3 HR, 3 doubles, and 1 triple). Fielder added 6 RBI to give him 54 on the season.
Hunter Pence (RF), Houston Astros: Pence is regaining his rookie form this season and owners are giddy. Pence hit .346 last week with 2 HR and 6 RBI. He displayed excellent patience with 6 BB and he even stole his sixth base of the year.
Carl Crawford (LF), Tampa Bay Rays: Crawford continues to run wild in the A.L. with three more stolen bases last week (34 this season) in addition to his six hits (1 HR). Crawford had three straight multi-hit games during Week 9 and is now 5th in the Majors in hits for the season with 75.
Andre Ethier (LF,RF), L.A. Dodgers: Ethier is finally hitting again. Proving he doesn’t need Manny, Ethier collected 10 hits including three for home runs. Before last week, Ethier was in a 7-37 slump. July 3rd can’t come soon enough.
Carlos Lee (LF), Houston Astros: Lee is still a premiere fantasy OF with week’s like this. He slapped 11 hits and launched two HR (10 this season) to go with an impressive 9 RBI. Lee is already hitting .407 in 7 games in July after hitting .359 in May.
Roy Halladay (SP), Toronto Blue Jays: You can’t stop him! Halladay picked up two more wins and two more complete games last week and struck out 20 batters (season-high 14 against L.A.) in 18.0 IP. Halladay leads the Majors in IP (100.0) and wins (10).
Jon Lester (SP), Boston Red Sox: This is a hometown bias, but I don’t care. Lester was nearly perfect in his one outing by going the distance and striking out 11 batters to earn his first complete game and fifth win of the year. Lester has had a great turn around with 23 K’s and 2 ER in his last 16.0 IP. His BABIP is through the roof this season standing at .353. So, a lower ERA and an all around improvement is expected the rest of the way.
Jonathan Broxton (RP), L.A. Dodgers: Broxton picked up two more saves (13 this season) and picked up another victory last week without surrendering a run. Broxton is 2nd on the Dodgers in wins with a 6-0 record.
Erik Bedard (SP), Seattle Mariners: Bedard is reveling in his contract year this season. Owners were treated to two wins and 11 K’s in 11.1 IP last week. As good as his season has been, it would be nice if Bedard could give more innings to owners since he averages just under 6.0 IP per start.
Dan Haren (SP), Arizona Diamondbacks: Haren made two spectacular outings and managed a 1.29 ERA in 14.0 IP and 12 K’s. Unfortunately, he earned no victories for his troubles. Despite being in the top 10 in ERA, WHIP, IP, K’s, and K/BB, Haren has a 4-4 record on the season. GIVE HIM SOME RUN SUPPORT!!!
Clint Barmes (2B,3B,SS), Colorado Rockies: Barmes dropped the deer meat (that joke is still funny!) and was moved to 2nd in the batting order. The result last week yielded a league-leading 13 hits including a double, triple, and HR.
Ian Stewart (2B,3B), Colorado Rockies: Not to be outdone, Stewart also had an amazing Week 9 when he led the Majors in HR (4) and RBI (12). Stewart proved he didn’t need Coors Field since all of this took place on the road.
Lyle Overbay (1B), Toronto Blue Jays: I have been watching for a few weeks and it is time to give him his due. Six of Overbay’s eight hits last week went for extra bases (4 doubles, 2 HR) and he drove in 8 RBI. In his last 10 games, Overbay has 13 hits with 7 going for doubles and he has raised his avg. from .266 to .302.