Justin Morneau and Mat Latos hit the DL for very different reasons while Corey Hart is still playing home run derby. That and more in the Roto Recap...
Chris Davisis 3-for-11 since taking over for the traded Justin Smoak. All three hits came in one game and all three were singles. He has struck out only once in those 11 at-bats. Good sign? To early to tell, but there is little doubt that the pure power is still there waiting to explode.
Tommy Hunter went 6.2 innings for the Rangers allowing five hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out only one. Hunter is now 6-0 and winning the hearts of fantasy owners. Beware, however, he may end up breaking your heart. Hunter's peripherals look very similar to what he did last season when he posted a 4.10 ERA. He only strikes out about five per nine innings pitched and gets more fly balls than ground balls. He's doing a great job of commanding the strike-zone, but pitchers of his mold are inherently risky.
Corey Hart picked up right where he left off going 2-for-4 and hitting his 22nd home run of the year. The man is simply locked in this season and his AVG is now up to .290. Keep in mind, however, that the Brewers have involved him in trade talk for a reason. Hart has never been much of a line drive hitter. His current line drive rate is 17.5 percent, which is below league average. He also swings and misses rather frequently (25.2 percent of the time). While Hart has done a much better job of laying off sliders low and outside this season (something he had a huge problem with the past couple seasons), he still doesn't profile as a player who can sustain a .290 or above average. The ZiPS projection system calls for a .274 AVG with 11 home runs the rest of the way. I believe hart could hit more than 11 home runs, but I would not be surprised at all if the AVG falls.
Both Dave Bush and Jair Jurrjens kept their team's in the game last night. Bush allowed two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five. Jurrjens allowed one run on six hits while striking out three and walking two. Both pitchers allowed home runs and both induced more fly balls than ground balls. As decent a start as this was for each (as far as earned runs are concerned), I still don't trust either in the long run of this season.
Both John Danks and Kevin Slowey struggled last night, but their offenses gave them as much aid as they could. Juan Pierre went 3-for-4 hitting leadoff and Gordon Beckham, hitting ninth, went 2-for-3 including his fourth home run of the season. It would be huge for fantasy owners if these two could get it going in the second half. Pierre is already a top-notch stolen base threat and has raised his AVG to .262. Beckham's peripheral numbers look horrible, but he's certainly a better hitter than what he showed in the first half.
The Cubs offense is back!!! OK, let's not get ahead of ourselves here. The Cubs did have a good offensive game, but keep in mind that the damage came off of Jamie Moyer and Jose Contreras, who will be received their AARP checks after the game.
Ryan Howard hit two home runs and could be in for a huge second half power surge. Except for the 2008 season, Howard has hit more post-all-star-break home runs that pre-all-star-break home runs.
Looks like Clayton Kershaw was a little rusty coming off of the break. He could not find the strike-zone last night, throwing only 50 strikes out of 88 pitches. He walked three, struck out only one and allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings pitched. We'll just have to shake this one off. Kershaw has plenty of dominating performances ahead of him.
Justin Morneau's concussion is bad enough that he'll go on the DL. Morneau owners may want to look into the availability of Derrek Lee (78% owned), Garrett Jones (58% owned), Adam LaRoche (47% owned) and Matt LaPorta (16% owned).
Matt Wieters hits the DL with a hamstring. Not that he was active in many leagues anyway. I still cry a little inside.
For owners in need of middle infield help, Brian Roberts is currently playing in rehab games and could return soon as long as his back doesn't flare up again. Now would be a good time to stash him on your DL.
Mat Latos will hit the DL with a "side pull". He "said" he hurt it by holding in a sneeze. In related news the Padres are trying to limit his innings in the second half.