Jason Giambi- CLE- Old Player- Giambi still has some pop in his bat on the rare occasion he gets to play. He went 2-for-3 with a homer, walk, 2 runs and 3 RBI. The homer was his 8th of the season in only 171 PAs. Two years ago with the Rockies Giambi hit 13 homers in only 152 PAs and only 6 of them were at Coors Field. He only has a .190 average but a lot of that can be blamed on a .206 BABIP. Giambi doesn't get enough playing time to warrant fantasy attention hoping for regression to the mean but it's nice to see a 40+ player contribute in some way when he's got the chance.
Joe Mauer- MIN- Hot- Mauer might have been experiencing some regression to the mean in August, with a .190 average and .194 BABIP for the month before yesterday. The regression called in sick and Mauer went 5-gor-7 with a homer, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Even after that his BABIP for the season still stands at .382 so expect the negative regression to return.
John Danks- CHA- Stats- Despite a WHIP of 1.20 Danks' ERA of 4.54 is well below his FIP of 5.10. He had been allowing far too many homers to be as effective as he could be. Yesterday he gave up his 22nd of the year in only 103 IP. Danks' HR/9 of 1.92 is well above his career mark of 1.15 and his HR/FB ratio of 17.5 % is also much higher than his normal 10.7%. This may be an extreme year for him and could be a sign that he will be more productive in 2014.
Emilio Bonifacio- TOR- Trade- Bonifacio was dealt to the Royals for cash or a player to be named. Bonifacio will probably get playing time while Mike Moustakas recovers from a strained calf. He was hitting .218 for the Blue Jays, being impacted by a .277 BABIP. Bonifacio hit .296 for the Marlins in 2011 but enjoyed a .372 BAIBP that year so expecting a return to that level would be unrealistic.
Travis Blackley- HOU- Trade- The Rangers acquired Blackley for a player to be named or cash. He was sent to AAA and not placed on the 40-man roster. Supposedly Texas is looking at Blackley as a possible starting option when rosters expand next month. That gives him a two-fold mission at AAA. 1) Build up his arm to starter level and 2) Get the ball in the strike zone. The 5.14 BB/9 ratio Blackley had in 42 relief appearances with the Astros this season won't cut it.
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