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Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Week 16 (7-20 – 7-26)

Mark Buehrle

I wasn’t a fan of Mark Buehrle’s perfect game. Granted, he is an established pitcher who already has a no-hitter to his credit, but I don’t know, he just doesn’t seem dominating enough to deserve such an accomplishment. Plus, this makes people completely forget about the no-hitter by San Francisco’s Jonathan Sanchez on July 10th. Sanchez accomplishes a great feat and it will be lost in the Buehrle hysteria. That’s bulls**t if you ask me.

OFFENSE

Matt Holliday (LF), St. Louis Cardinals

Between his last days in Oakland and his first days in St. Louis, Holliday was tied for the league-lead in hits with 15. Included in his barrage of offense were seven doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI, and 10 runs. Holliday is hitting .636 in three games with St. Louis and hitting next to Pujols is a fantasy dream.

Justin Morneau (1B), Minnesota Twins

The former A.L. MVP led the Majors in home runs (5) and RBI (11) while hitting .333 (9-27). Morneau has reached base safely in 13 straight games and is hitting .321 in July with seven home runs.

Stephen Drew (SS), Arizona Diamondbacks

Drew was tied for the league-lead in hits with 15 and he filled up the stat sheet evenly with 10 runs, five doubles, two triples, a home run, and five RBI. Drew even swiped a base for good measure. Drew has posted a multi-hit game in six of his last seven contests and with the depearture of Felipe Lopez to Milwaukee, Drew has been batting leadoff and is hitting .486 in nine games at the top of the order.

Andre Ethier (LF, RF), L.A. Dodgers

Ethier cranked out a .545 avg. (12-22) including seven extra base hits (five doubles, two home runs) and he drove in six RBI. Ethier loves have Manny back. Since Manny’s return on July 3rd, Ethier is hitting .312 with five home runs and 10 RBI.

Mark Reynolds (1B, 3B), Arizona Diamondbacks

By all logic, he shouldn’t be this good. Reynolds posts a .366 BABIP which has pointed to a regression for the past few months, but it just hasn’t happened. Oh well, I won’t complain. Flashing more power and speed, Reynolds blasted two home runs and stole two more bases. With an 11-hit week, Reynolds extended his current hitting streak to 10 games.

PITCHING

Cliff Lee (SP), Cleveland Indians

Lee picked up two wins including his third complete game of the year while posting a 1.69 ERA in 16.0 innings. Lee has been on fire as of late with three straight wins and he hasn’t allowed a walk in those starts.

Rich Harden (SP), Chicago Cubs

Harden dazzled opposing offenses again last week with 14 K’s in 13.0 innings and a win to improve to 7-6 on the season. Harden has turned it on lately with a 0.95 ERA, 9.95 K/9, and a 21:2 K-to-BB ratio in his last three starts.

Mark Buehrle (SP), Chicago White Sox

Not much from Buehrle last week as he only tossed the 18th perfect game in major league history. He’ll just add this to his resume along with his no-hitter and World Series ring. Next stop is a Cy Young award…maybe.

J.P. Howell (RP), Tampa Bay Rays

Howell had a productive week for a relief pitcher as he picked up two saves and a victory in 3.2 innings of work. Only 62% owned in Yahoo! leagues, Howell seems to be the definitive go-to guy in the 9th for Tampa Bay.

Jonathan Broxton (RP), L.A. Dodgers

Toe problems aside, Broxton pitched beautifully last week picking up one save and one win to give himself a 7-0 record this season. Broxton’s toe injury may linger all season, but his last four appearances have been encouraging as he hasn’t allowed a baserunner since July 19.

Why Should I Give a Crap About These Guys?

John Lannan (SP), Washington Nationals

Lannan is very unappreciated in the fantasy realm. Yes, the strikeout numbers (3.69 K/9) leave something to be desired, but he has put together a spectacular season with a 3.25 ERA in 135.2 innings. He would have more wins if he wasn’t on the Nationals and his 51.7 GB% means he keeps the ball in the park.

Jorge De La Rosa (SP, RP), Colorado Rockies

De La Rosa is 8-1 in his last nine starts with a 3.58 ERA and 8.78 K/9. Not too bad considering he started the season 0-6 with a 5.43 ERA. De La Rosa just wrapped up his best month of the season with a 2.43 ERA and 4-0 record.

Erick Aybar (SS), L.A. Angels

Though not flashy with the power, Aybar is a good source of avg. and speed. Over the past month, Aybar has hit .404 (36/89) with three stolen bases.

Brad Bergesen (SP), Baltimore Orioles

Again, another pitcher who is not going to boost your strikeout totals, but he has 12 quality starts on the season (six straight) and a respectable 3.56 ERA. Hey, if you need innings-eaters who won’t kill your ERA, then look no further.

Leo Nunez (RP), Florida Marlins

Those in need of saves should pick up Nunez. He has become the primary closer for Florida and has picked up four saves this month to give him seven on the season.

Sports of Boston Friends and Family League

  • I continue my winning streak as I defeated SoB’s Jeff by a score of 18-5-1 to extend my lead to 26.5 games.
  • With eight playoff spots up for grabs, it is still a tight race with 11th place being only six games out of the playoff race.
  • Someone in the league hasn’t checked their team since June 3rd and is in last place as a result. Needless to say, that person won’t be back next season (or in any of the SoB leagues for that matter).
  • Recent pickups include: Joe Blanton, Jake Fox, Brett Anderson, Jose Contreras, Miguel Montero, C.J. Wilson, and Ryan Garko.

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