Garret Anderson- LAA- Hot- After knocking in at least 1 run in 12 straight games, Anderson went three games without an RBI. He made up for it yesterday, collecting 5 RBI as he went 3-for-6 with a double and homer. Anderson has 62 RBI in 219 ABs since the All Star Break, when he only knocked in 15 runs in 151 ABs before the break. His batting average has risen 26 points since August 19th, from .271 to .296, due to Anderson hitting a whopping .407. The injuries that bothered him earlier in the season seem to be long past.
Radhames Liz- BAL- FYI- Ironically, on the same day Liz was awarded as the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, manager Dave Trembley said they were going to have to completely rework Liz's mechanics. The rookie has not been able to repeat his delivery and, as a result, his command has been horrible. "He has not been able to command the strike zone with his fastball and he has not been able to repeat his delivery," Trembley said. "Until he learns to repeat his delivery, he's going to have problems commanding the fastball. That's the No. 1 goal -- to get him to have a better delivery. Until he does that, I don't think he's going to be able to pitch to his capabilities." Radhames prospect status takes a hit with that statement.
David Ortiz- BOS- Hot- The day out of the starting lineup on Monday seems to have rejuvenated Big Papi. In his last two games he is 4-for-9 with 3 homers, 6 RBI, and 4 runs scored. Sure, he's not going to hit 50 homers this season, but his 31 is 3rd best in the AL. It's all relative and, with the general downturn in power this season, Ortiz' homer total is still better than all but 2 AL hitters have given this year.
John Danks- CHA- Drop Value- Danks is out of the rotation for the rest of the season and could be done for the year. Officially, he is a member of the bullpen, but it is questionable as to whether he will actually pitch any more. The White Sox think that his 139 innings may be enough and may just work with him in preparation for next season. Danks did not have a very productive season from a fantasy standpoint, but it was his first taste of the major leagues and he really wasn't expected to pitch at this level this early. If he is handled correctly, Danks still has a bright future.
Gil Meche- KC- Hot- The signing of Gil Meche has paid off for the Royals. If you went counter to a lot of the naysaying about it and had him on your team you did well. Sure, his 8-12 record is not impressive, but that is mostly a factor of having the poorest run support of any starter in the AL and if you were expecting a lot of wins from any KC pitcher, that was overly optimistic anyway. Meche's 3.78 ERA is 17th in the AL as are his 139 Ks. Meche has been solid and consistent, which are valuable traits in a fantasy starter. In his 31 starts, he has only given up 5 or more runs 6 times and failed to pitch 5 innings only 3 times. Meche hasn't hurt you, which is a very good thing.
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