Well, I hope you didn't start Edwin Jackson against the Brewers yesterday. Here's a look at three players who made an impression in Quick Hits...
Yesterday, Casey McGehee hit three home runs, all off of new Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson. How many mixed league GM's actually had McGehee in their lineup? It's been a rough season to-date for McGehee, but he may be turning things around for a decent finish. He has six hits in his last two games and four multi-hit games in his last seven. I'm not counting on it, but if you have a desperate need of a 3B and McGehee is available, he's worth a flier depending on the player you drop to get him. He did, after all, have a solid-season-and-a-half of good 3B fantasy value before his season-long slump this year.
now has a 3.41 ERA and 3.80 xFIP after five starts, Willis may begin to garner more attention than the 4 percent of Yahoo league GMs currently rostering him. While Willis has found success with the Reds so far, his K/BB numbers are highly unimpressive, though his current walk rate is a huge improvement from what he has done the past few seasons. I wrote a couple of weeks ago
that if Willis could bring his 2.4 BB/9 from triple-A -- or at least something close to it -- that he had some sleeper potential in him. I hope you jumped on the boat back then, because I'm not trusting him going forward. His groundball rate is intriguing, but the fact of the matter is he has allowed one more hit than inning pitched and doesn't have the strikeout ability to overcome that in the long run. I'm actually rooting for Willis though. He's battled through a lot and never given up on the game. Gotta love that.
One of the pieces that went from Detroit to Seattle in the Doug Fister deal, Charlie Furbush, made his Mariners debut yesterday, going five innings, allowing one run with three strikeouts to no walks and two hits. While it might be enticing to take a look at the tall left-hander, his numbers out of Detroit's bullpen were rather blah (1.9 K/BB, 1.41 WHIP, 6 HR in 33.1 IP). Looks like his next start will come at Texas. I'm staying miles away.