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You may have noticed last week that there was no “Wrap-Up” for Week 22. Unfortunately, my computer came down with a terrible virus. It is so bad in fact that it is STILL in the shop for cleaning. Yeah, we are going on almost a week of virus cleaning. The lesson boys and girls is that you better make damn sure that the adult sites you visit are completely safe for your PC. You will thank me later for this tidbit of information. You’re welcome!
I mentioned before how Butler comes alive in the second half. I was unfortunately on the receiving end of Butler’s offensive assault that included a league-leading 13 hits. Throw in five doubles, two homers, and a league-best 12 RBI and we have a bonified second half stud.
Lee tried to fend off Butler in my matchup last week and did a pretty good job with 10 hits, 10 runs, and three home runs. Lee’s 32 home runs are the most he has had in a season since 2005 when he hit 46.
I originally plugged Davis back in week 19 and even more recently last Friday. Jump on board now! If you already have, then you benefited from Davis’ great week of 11 hits and league-best five stolen bases.
McLouth had a very good 11-hit week that saw him blast two more home runs. Since coming back from the DL on September 4th, McLouth has hit .412 with three home runs.
Ibanez passed the 30-HR plateau for the second time in his career last week. In total, he launched four home runs and drove in seven RBI as part of his 11-33 week.
Vazquez continues to be as solid as any starter in fantasy with two wins and a 1.12 ERA last week. Barring a huge meltdown, Vazquez will set career-bests in ERA, WHIP, and BAA this season.
Lilly also won both of his starts last week to improve to 12-8 this season. He did it with a stellar 1.50 ERA and 14 strikeouts. Like Vazquez, Lilly is on pace for career-bests in ERA and WHIP.
Soria had one of the best weeks for a closer this season with four saves and an incredible eight strikeouts in 3.2 innings (19.64 K/9). He also didn’t allow a single earned run during his week.
Pat Valverde on the back too! He picked up two saves and a win last week while surrendering no runs and fanning three batters. Despite injuries that forced him to miss all of May, Valverde has put up a miniscule 1.88 ERA this season.
Lackey made his one start count by tossing his first complete game shutout of the season with seven strikeouts. Lackey recently remembered that he is in a contract year and has put together a 0.35 ERA in his last three starts.
Hey, having trouble in the A.L.? Then just do what Brad Penny and John Smoltz have done and just go back to the N.L. Padilla is enjoying his time with the Dodgers and is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA in four starts with Los Angeles.
It’s playoff time and you need saves? Well, Frasor is now officially the ninth inning man in Toronto and has already racked up four saves in September.
Ross is notoriously streaky and he is currently enjoying a great run of offense. Since the start of August, Ross is hitting .309 with seven home runs and 30 RBI.
Hey, 2B and SS are shallow positions and Uribe is providing some much needed pop to it. Over the past month, Uribe has hit eight home runs with five of them coming in September where he is hitting .349.
Now is your last chance to jump on the bandwagon. Pedro has been nothing short of spectacular in his return with a 5-0 record, 2.87 ERA, and 8.12 K/9. He is still available in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues, so he is probably up for grabs no matter where you are.