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Before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify the Studs and Duds from Sunday, July 8th.
5 Good Nights
- Andrew McCutchen: 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Neil Walker: 5-5, 4 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Ian Desmond: 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 steals
- Bartolo Colon: 8.2 IP, 7 H, ER, 5 K’s, W
- Ivan Nova: 6.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 10 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Alex Rios, Paul Goldschmidt, Andruw Jones, Rajai Davis, Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Braun, Roger Bernadina, Bryce Harper, Jay Bruce, Rafael Furcal, Starlin Castro, Colby Rasmus, Jason Pridie, Casey Kotchman, Prince Fielder, Austin Kearns, Jhonny Peralta, Michael Young, Rickie Weeks, Justin Upton, Felix Hernandez, Jair Jurrjens, Max Scherzer, Jordan Zimmerman, Cole De Vries, Jordan Lyles, A.J. Burnett, Jeremy Guthrie, Anibal Sanchez, Joe Kelly, Trevor Bauer, Roy Oswalt, Johnny Cueto, Ryan Dempster, Zach McAllister, Brad Mills
5 Bad Nights
- Heath Bell: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB’s, K
- Tim Lincecum: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB, 3 K’s
- Chris Perez: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 K’s
- Josh Hamilton: 0-5
- B.J. Upton: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Brandon Inge, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Moss, Ben Revere, Jonathon Niese, Dylan Axelrod, Brett Cecil, Wei-Yin Chen, Everett Teaford, Chris Capuano, Zack Greinke, Tyler Clippard, Jon Lester, James Shields
Daily Grab Bag
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- Heath Bell allowed a run for the third time in five games, and while the Marlins have committed too much money to pull the plug completely, I’d have to think it’s a smart move for saves-needy owners to grab Steve Cishek.
- Andrew Ethier (oblique) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday before he joins the Dodgers’ lineup on Friday.
- As long as Matt Kemp (hamstring) doesn’t injure himself in a rehab assignment or during the Home Run Derby (I still don’t know why he’s taking part in that), he will also rejoin the Dodgers on Friday.
- C.C. Sabathia (groin) is progressing well in his rehab and is targeting a July 17th return to the Yankees’ rotation.
- Hanley Ramirez left yesterday’s game after hurting his hand punching a fan in the dugout, but he is expected to be ready for action when the season resumes Friday.
- Trout/Harper/Rizzo/Bauer Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up earlier this season, I’m going to dedicate this space to keeping tabs on the youngsters. Here’s to hoping that you were able to grab some of them! (UPDATE: Anthony Rizzo and Trevor Bauer are the latest uber prospects to get the call, so I’ve added them to the list, as well.)
Bryce Harper: Harper went 1-4 with two steals yesterday. (.282, 43 R, 8 HR, 25 RBI, 10 steals on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 1-4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI yesterday. (.341, 57 Runs, 12 HR, 40 RBI, 26 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo went 0-4 yesterday. (.354, 7 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI on the season).
Trevor Bauer: Bauer looked good (albeit against the Dodgers’ AAA-style lineup) Sunday, allowing no runs on two hits in six innings (and picking up the win in the process). (1-1, 5.40 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 13 K’s on the season)
We’ve hit the All-Star Break, which means sou’ll have to somehow get by without your daily nose of yours truly for a couple days. In the meantime, check out some of the latest content on FantasyPros911:
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