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Have you ever thought about your entrance music? If you were a UFC fighter, boxer, closer, or whatever else you can think of, what would you want played when you entered a game or a match? I would choose “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica. The ominous ringing of a bell combined with heavy guitar riffs would sound so awesome as you make your way into a huge moment. Yes, this was a random rant, and you better get used to them.
I have stopped trying to fight it. I have been waiting for his numbers to slump and for him to go back to being Mark Reynolds. It just won’t happen. Reynolds was a stud yet again with a league-leading six home runs and 10 RBI. He swiped bag number 20 to give him 36 home runs and 20 stolen bases. How hot is Reynolds? Try 11 HR and 17 RBI in his last 13 games hot.
Zim’ was productive once again by leading the league with 10 runs while belting out 12 hits which included seven for extra bases (four HR, two doubles, one triple). Over the past month, Zimmerman has 10 HR and his 23 RBI are second best only to teammates Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham who each have 24. Wait a second! Three Washington players have driven in the most runs over the past month???
As long as we are talking about him, let’s point out his great week. Just another day at the park for Dunn, who hit four home runs and drove in nine. With 30 home runs, Dunn just needs 10 more to make it six seasons in a row ith 40+ home runs. Who cares though? Look at his batting average, Dunn is hitting .281!
Let’s get some speed on this list. In addition to a good hitting week (10-29 and a home run), Crawford stole four more bases to give him a whopping 52 on the season.
Bartlett was a contributor all across the board with his 10-25 week (.400) that gave owners: one double, one triple, two home runs, eight RBI, and one stolen base. Bartlett personally made me happy with six walks.
Vazquez won both of his starts to improve to 10-7. He dazzled with 15 strikeouts in 13.0 innings and only surrendering three earned runs. The win-loss record may not show his dominance, but Vazquez is sporting a 2.90 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. So far this season, he is in the top 10 in: ERA, WHIP, innings pitched, hits per 9IP, BB per 9IP, strikeouts, K/9, and K/BB.
After his one bad start on July 24th (6 IP, 5 ER), the young lefty was trying tp prove he wasn’t “J.A. Crap”. He accomplished such a feat with a complete game shutout of Colorado where he struck out 10 batters.
Bell closed the door on opposing offenses with two more saves and he even picked up a win to bring him to 4-1 this season. It is now six straight appearances without giving up a run for Bell.
In his lone start, Weaver dominated with a line of 7.1 IP, 2 ER, and 11K. It was the most strikeouts he has had in a game this season since…well his last start where he also had 11 strikeouts.
Baseball’s most unappreciated 11-game winner went 1-0 last week with a 3.46 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13.0 innings. Where did Johnson’s two losses come from this season? One was in a 7 IP, 3 ER game and the other was in a game where he went 6.1 IP with 2 ER. Johnson could arguably be undefeated this season.
The rookie led the way with 15 hits last week and now has eight straight multi-hit games. He is hitting .500 in eight August games after hitting an abysmal .231 in July.
Guzman has been a hot topic in Boston recently. He has also been hot at the plate (did you like that one?). Guzman has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games with a .460 avg (29-63), 17 runs scored, and 16 RBI during that time.
Hey, he’s a closer, and you need valuable saves during the playoffs. MacDougal has converted five straight saves without allowing a run and is only 25% owned in Yahoo! leagues.
In their effort to try out their whole farm system, the Padres are letting the young kids take a shot at the rotation. Latos has won four straight starts with three being quality outings (the other was a 5.2 IP, 2 ER victory). Before his call up, Latos was 8-1 with a 1.37 ERA between Single and Double-A.
Butler is hitting .441 in August with seven extra base hits (five doubles, two home runs) and is off to a scorching 2nd half with a .348/.417/.618 line in 23 games.