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We’re heading into the final stretch of the fantasy regular season. Where do you stand? Ouch, those crickets I hear can’t be a good sign. I may have just finished my first fantasy football draft of the year just yesterday, but I am still fully focused on baseball. I am just on the cusp of the playoffs in one league and I am going to need some lady luck to make it in.
The prodigal son is down. Strasburg, the biggest draw in Washington, is going to have to undergo Tommy John surgery and is out for the rest of 2010 and probably all of 2011.
The rookie was enjoying a nice season until his last start where he allowed 6 ER in just 0.1 IP. He was diagnosed with shoulder fatigue and put on the DL. The Reds expect him back before the end of the season.
From April ’til the start of August, Putz had allowed just 8 ER all season. He has allowed 6 ER in August alone. Something had to be amiss and as it turns out, Putz was hiding a knee injury and it has landed him on the DL.
What a debut with his new team! Barajas was acquired last week after the Dodgers learned Russell Martin was done for the year. In his first four games with the team, Barajas cranked out 2 HR and and 5 RBI on 6/13 hitting.
He still has some miles left on him. Helton is enjoying a great August with a line of .309, 4 HR, and 10 RBI. His current clip of 10/24, 5 R, 2 HR, and 5 RBI point to Helton being an underrated source of offense in the final weeks.
Raburn is as hot as they come right now. In the past week, he has gone 12/29 with 9 R, 3 HR, and 9 RBI. He has hit 8 home runs and driven in 21 RBI in August.
Kouzmanoff hasn’t been exciting to watch this year, but we can take comfort in knowing that he has warmed up recently with a 9/20 week to go with 2 HR, 8 RBI, and a stolen base.
What has gotten into Drew? He was important to the fantasy world two seasons ago, but he has since floundered terribly. If last week’s 14/28, 10 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI explosion is an indicator of a resurgence, then sign me up. By the way: 8 HR and 19 RBI in August.
Brought into the Bronx to face lefties, Thames had the best power week out of any player as he launched an obscene 5 HR as part of his 8/17 week that included 6 R and 8 RBI.
Lyon has converted seven straight save opportunities in which time he has not allowed a run in his last 10 innings.