Jack Hannahan- OAK- Hot- Hannahan went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI last night against the Rangers, making him 6-for-17 in his last 5 games with a homer, 2 doubles, 6 RBI, and 3 runs scored. We may be starting to see some regression to the mean here as his .226 BHIPx was likely to start moving towards the league average.
Manny Ramirez- BOS- Inj Update- It’s the Red Sox version of Groundhog Day. Manny comes to the park, doesn’t say anything until close to game time, then tells manager Terry Francona that he can’t play because of a sore knee. It’s now happened two games in a row. This time, the Sox sent Manny for an MRI, which came back negative. Whether he will be back during the rest of this key series against the Yankees is up in the air. Since Boston does not have a diagnosis for his problems, they don’t have a prognosis. It is up to Manny, it seems.
D. J. Carrasco- CHA- Rise Value- With a DL stint looming for Scott Linebrink, manager Ozzie Guillen said that if it happens there will be some shifting of roles in the Chicago bullpen. Octavio Dotel will move from the 7th to 8th inning and Carrasco would be his go-to guy in the 7th. If you count holds in your league, having someone with such a defined role for a contending team could help. Last night, Carrasco ended up with the win by pitching the last 2 outs of the 8th inning and then watching his team come back in the 9th.
Sean Gallagher- OAK- Cold- Gallagher turned in his worst start of the season, getting hit hard and showing wildness in allowing 5 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks in 5-1/3 IP against the Rangers. Only 59 of his 103 pitches were strikes. The fantasy damage Gallagher did to his owners was primarily limited to the WHIP column, however, as only 1 of the runs was earned and he did collect 5 strikeouts in his appearance. Starts against Texas should not be used as any indicator of a pitcher’s true ability and Gallagher ended up without too much harm to this numbers.
David Purcey- TOR- Rise Value- Purcey makes his third start of his career today and, unlike the other two, this is not a spot start. He is now an official member of the Toronto rotation. The 2004 first round draft pick handled a jump to AAA this season, posting a 2.69 ERA with 121 strikeouts and 34 walks in 117 IP. His minor league record coming into this season was spotty, with a 4.53 career ERA, but he had been plagued by minor injuries, so his results this year likely are more reflective of his true abilities. Having a secure spot on the major league team will hopefully help him and keep him from repeating the disastrous results of his first two outings (9 runs on 7 hits and 11 walks in a total of 7-1/3 IP).