Matt Diaz- ATL- Hot- Diaz had his best game of his injury-impacted season, going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and an RBI. This raised his season average to the Mendoza line. Diaz has been a .300 hitter in the past, but it has been accompanied by huge helpings of luck driving his success. In his three seasons above .300, he has had BABIP numbers of .367, .378 and .383. This year, with a BABIP of .274, Diaz isn’t getting that kind of luck and it shows in his production.
Adrian Gonzalez- SD- Hot- Good things happen to Gonzalez when he gets out of San Diego, even in a pitchers’ park like the one in DC. After a home stand in which he went 1-for-19, Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a run, RBI and walk against the Nationals. The Padres are on the road until the All Star Break. After a post-break weekend series against Arizona in Petco Park, they hit the road again for another 6 games. This is an opportunity for a big stretch for Gonzalez and he will probably seize it.
Cristian Guzman- WAS- FYI- A BABIP of .345 and Batting EYE of .33 make it hard to think that Guzman will be able to sustain his current .297 average. When Guzman has been productive in past years he has either been extremely lucky or shown some command of the strike zone, or both. This year, with some luck but little power or speed, Guzman looks like he is just waiting for some negative effects of regression to the mean.
Johan Santana- NYM- Caution- Santana threw a shutout last night, but needed 113 pitches to do it. He has tossed more than 110 pitches 4 other times this season (three times allowing no runs in the outing) and followed up with a quality start only once. Be careful the next time out.
Bobby Crosby- PIT- Cold- Crosby is now 2-for-24 in his last 8 games. There is only one Crosby from Pittsburgh who is worth owning in fantasy leagues and it’s Sidney and the sport is hockey.