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Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Week 24 (9-14 – 9-20)

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It is finals time in the SoB baseball league. This begins a two-week struggle to decide the champion of the league. Hopefully you were one of the lucky few out there to be battling it out for a championship. I once again will be watching from the sidelines. If you made it to the show, then congratulations. If you didn’t, then just concentrate on football for the time being.

OFFENSE

Jason Bay (LF), Boston Red Sox

Are you “Gay for Bay”? You just may be by season’s end. Anywho, Bay was 8-17 with three home runs and nine RBI. Bay has been on fire with 16 home runs since the start of August.

Rajai Davis (CF), Oakland A’s

Do you feel the need for speed? Davis provided owners with plenty as he swiped four bases to give him 40 on the season. His great hitting (11-29) didn’t hurt either.

Jacoby Ellsbury (LF, CF, RF), Boston Red Sox

Two Sox players in the Wrap-Up? Yep, it is my piece, and I will do what I want with it! Jacoby continued his role as one of the best leadoff hitters in the game with a stellar 11-26 week that flashed some pop with two home runs and six RBI. Not to mention, he stole two more bases to bring his MLB best total to 63.

Matt Wieters (C), Baltimore Orioles

Wieters is trying to finish strong and make you consider him for elite catcher status for next season. He finished up week 24 with 12 hits, two home runs, and 10 RBI. After a lackluster start, Wieters has quietly hit .294 since the break.

Adam LaRoche (1B), Atlanta Braves

Mr. Second Half Stud! LaRoche continues his post-break dominance with two home runs and six RBI as part of a nine-hit week. Since joining the Braves at the trade deadline, LaRoche has been arguably the best 1B in baseball (other than that Pujols guy) with a .350 avg and 12 home runs.

PITCHING

Cliff Lee (SP), Philadelphia Phillies

In Lee’s two starts, he threw 13 innings, striking out 11 and picking up complete game number six on the season. At this pace, Lee is guaranteed a huge payday after the season is over.

Cole Hamels (SP), Philadelphia Phillies

Another Phillies’ pitcher makes the list as Hamels dominated his one start with one earned run in eight innings with 10 strikeouts. Hamels has a ridiculous 1.43 ERA in his last five starts.

Francisco Cordero (RP), Cincinnati Reds

Cordero picked up four saves without allowing an earned run and striking out three batters. Even though the Reds aren’t playoff bound, Cordero is still one of the most reliable closers in fantasy.

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

In his lone start, De La Rosa pitched beautifully with eight shutout innings and nine strikeouts en route to his 15th win. De La Rosa has had a great season that is being overlooked only because he actually started 0-6 with a 5.43 ERA.

Adam Wainwright (SP), St. Louis Cardinals

Poor Wainwright. He actually had a great week with a 2.57 ERA in 14.0 innings with 18 strikeouts. However, thanks to poor run support, he ended up going 0-1 for the week.

Why Should I Give a Crap About These Guys?

Homer Bailey (SP), Cincinnati Reds

You can call me crazy all you want, but look at his numbers. Over his past six starts, Bailey has come through on his hype with a 3-1 record, 1.83 ERA, and 8.92 K/9.

Martin Prado (1B, 2B, 3B), Atlanta Braves

Prado enjoyed fantasy success a few months ago with a .359 June and .327 July. It seems he is heating up again with 15 hits in his last nine games with seven doubles and 11 runs scored.

Drew Stubbs (CF), Cincinnati Reds

Need power AND speed? Well, Stubbs is a decent option. So far in September, Stubbs has five home runs and four stolen bases as the leadoff hitter for the Reds.

Miguel Olivo (C), Kansas City Royals

Holy crap! Olivo is on fire again with a scorching September that has produced six home runs, 17 RBI, and a .318 average.

Clay Buchholz (SP), Boston Red Sox

Hey, we here in Boston already know how good he has been. Now it is time to let you in on our secret. Buchholz has eight quality starts in his last nine outings. In that time, he has a 5-2 record, 2.64 ERA, and 1.16 WHIP.

Sports of Boston Friends and Family League

  • For the first time ever in the history of the league, a SoB member will be crowned champion as Jeff and Mike advance to face each other in the finals.
  • Recent pickups include: Casey McGehee, Geovany Soto, Leo Nunez, Miguel Olivo, and Cliff Pennington

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