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Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Championship Time

Sound the horns and drop the balloons, baby. It’s championship time! These next two weeks will decide your place amongst the fantasy gods. Second place is not an option as you will claw your way through your matchup and end up on top of the mountain where you will claim your prize and title of “League Champion”.

Ok, so it may not be that epic, but I am still pumped for this time of year. Personally, I have a stake in the SoB championship game. I will now hold for applause. Keeping in tradition with my ADD, I have once again changed the look of the Wrap-Up. I hope the changes keep you on your toes. 

Injuries

  • Hanley Ramirez sat out Monday’s day game with elbow soreness, the same injury that has caused him to be out of action since last Wednesday.
  • Joe Mauer’s knee has been acting up, so don’t be surprised if the Twins rest him in time for the playoffs.
  • Arizona’s Justin Upton has missed significant time with a shoulder problem and is hitting .250 with one home run since the start of August.

Power Surge

  • Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki continues his unbelievable run with 6 home runs last week, giving him 14 for the month of September.
  • Jay Bruce clobbered 3 homers while hitting .374. He’s hitting .378 with 11 homers in the second half, and don’t forget that he had a 1.078 OPS in the second half of last season.
  • Royals infielder Mike Aviles cranked out 13 hits with 4 of them going the distance.

Speed Demons

  • Chicago’s Juan Pierre increased his stolen base lead to 58 by swiping 3 more bags. Chone Figgins and Michael Bourn also had 3 each.
  • Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez was this week’s speed champion as he went a perfect 4/4 on the basepaths.

Pitching Studs

  • Everyone here in Massachusetts remembers the years of service that Derek Lowe gave us. Well, he is still at it, and he won both if his starts last week. Lowe set a career-high in his start against Washington with 12 K’s.
  • Speaking of Boston greats, Bronson Arroyo also won two starts and has a 3.89 ERA since the break.
  • He isn’t universally owned, but pick up Max Scherzer for your championship matchup. He has a 2.42 ERA in the second half.

Oh What a Relief!

  • Need valuable saves? Well, Brandon Lyon (3), Juan Gutierrez (2), Brad Lidge (2), and Chris Perez (2) are all comfortable in their roles as end of season closers and are still available in a lot of leagues.

Playing the Matchups

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates (5.06) and Kansas City Royals (5.05) own the worst team ERA’s in baseball. Pittsburgh will be lit up this week by St. Louis and Houston while the Royals will give Detroit and Cleveland the chance to do some scoring.

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