Things I liked and disliked over the weekend:
Matt Diaz: Raise your hand if you like platoon players. Come on! Diaz went a
combined 5-for-8 with two homers, five RBIs and two doubles between Saturday and
Sunday. He’s batting .400 (14-for-35) with a .829 slugging for July. For those
of you who are actually disciplined enough to go about it, Diaz is the perfect
platoon option to insert in your lineup, as he owns a .278/.316/.574
triple-slash vs. lefties this year, and is a lifetime .341 hitter vs.
southpaws. NOW raise your hand if you like platoon players. Thought so.
Gordon Beckham: Ian
already covered most of GBex here, but feel free to bend Beckham again after
his 4-for-4 Sunday.
Yunel Escobar: Went
3-for-4 with a grand slam – his first homer of ’10 – on Sunday, and is 6-for-13
as a member of the Blue Jays. Yu know yu want to pick up Yunel.
Dexter Fowler: Everyone’s favorite serial killer went
1-for-12 on the weekend which improves his slump to 1-for-25. Time to cut bait.
Few managers are as fickle as Jim Tracy, so expect Fowler to lose at-bats immediately.
Travis Wood: Took
the tough-luck loss vs. the Rockies on Sunday despite limiting Colorado to one
earned run over six innings while striking out six against four walks. With
quality starts in three out of four tries and a 23/9 K/BB ratio, there’s some good
Jeanmar Gomez: Tossed
seven innings of earned-run-free ball and fanned four in his first career start
vs. the Tigers on Sunday. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he posted
a 5.78 ERA and a 67/41 K/BB ratio over 101 innings for Triple-A Columbus this
season. Now the not-so-bad, kinda-good news is that Gomez went 10-4 with a 3.43
ERA and a 109/40 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings last season as a 22-year-old
in Double-A. This portion of good news/bad news/not-so-bad, kind-good news is
brought to you by Advil.
Starlin Castro: Batting
.545 (12-for-22) over his last six games with three doubles, a triple, two RBIs
and two steals. Hitting .367 and slugging .571 on the month and has hit safely
in 17 of his last 19 games. Just press click.
Kevin Kouzmanoff: Went
5-for-13 with a homer, two doubles and seven RBIs over three-game series with
the Royals. And that’s why you pick up guys when facing Royals pitching.
Jose Tabata: The
guy that Pirates got from the Yankees for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte is
batting .458 (11-for-24) with four doubles, three RBIs and two steals since
July 9. Need steals? No? Well, need a Pirate? Yeah, ya do.
Justin Smoak: Went
0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Sunday. Wait! There’s good news! Went 5-for-7
with two homers and four RBIs between Friday and Saturday. I’m not saying you
should start doodling his name in your binder, but you should at least consider
dumping Chris Davis for him.
Chris Davis: Whoa, sorry there Chris — didn’t see ya standing there. Davis is batting .182 (4-for-22) with zero extra-base hits since his callup
after the Smoak deal. I want to ❤ Davis so much but he gives me no choice
but to start seeing other people.
Miguel Montero: In
the middle of a 3-for-27 slump and is reason No. 219 why you shouldn’t have
drafted a catcher before Round 20 this year.
Geovany Soto: Unless
it was Geovany Soto! Soto’s been hitting .373 with three homers, six doubles, 14
RBIs and seven runs since June 27.
Jay Bruce: Batting
.109 with nary a homer or RBI since July 2. How bad is a .109 average? It’s
5-for-46. Now just look at how small that first number is compared to that
Chris Perez: With
Kerry Wood on the DL, Perezis the new closer in Cleveland. He saved Saturday’s
first game against the Tigers. It was a double-header. How fun are those?
Rickie Weeks: Went 3-for-5 with two homers on Sunday, is batting
.429 (9-for-21) over a five-game hitting streak and now sports a .272-17-57
line on the year. How much do you hate yourself for vowing not to be fooled by