Rundown: Welcome back, Andy

(By Dave)

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Hey look, it’s Andy
Pettitte
! The veteran southpaw had a strong return to the mound on Sunday,
tossing six innings of one-run ball, yielding three hits and one walk, while
striking out two vs. the Orioles. Pretty impressive numbers considering
Pettitte has been sidelined since July 18 with “persistent small tear” of
his left groin. He’ll face the Red Sox next and is a worthwhile stash for the
stretch run.


Bobby
Abreu
(2-for-5, 2 HR) — Abreu
has now hit i
n five straight games, with extra-base hits in three of those
contests. With that pair of solo shots on Sunday, the veteran outfielder has
the ninth 20-homer season of his career.


Jeff
Baker
(3-for-4, RBI, BB, 2 R) —
Baker has really made the most of his starts in September. Including his
performance on Sunday, the reserve infielder has four multi-hit games in six
starts this month. However, sparse playing time combined with a .726 season OPS
leaves will keep Baker from fantasy relevancy.


Jose
Guillen
(2-for-4, HR (GS), 6 RBIs)
Guillen appears to be enjoying his time in the Bay Area. In 95
at-bats since being traded by the Royals, the veteran slugger is
triple-slashing .315/.354/.453 with three homers and 15 RBIs. He could be a
sneaky play in deeper leagues if playing time comes to him at a regular pace.


Matt
Kemp
(3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI,
BB) —
Kemp broke out of a 3-for-24 slump in a big way, notching three
hits in a game for just the seventh time this season. Despite the .251 batting
average, the 25-year-old outfielder has been a solid source for power (23
homers, 24 doubles) and RBIs (77) this season.


Derrek
Lee
(2-for-5, HR (GS), 2B, 2 R) — Lee, who entered the
game with five RBIs in September, nearly matched that sum in one swing of the
bat. His seventh inning grand slam was just the veteran first baseman’s second
homer as a member of the Braves, as he’s batting just .267 with Atlanta.


Jon
Lester
(W, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB,
4 K vs. TOR) – Ho hum.  Lester is now 5-0
with a
2.38 ERA in that spa, racking up 46 strikeouts against 17 walks.


Colby
Rasmus
(2-for-3, HR, 2 R) –
Rasmus continues to rake, as the talented sophomore is now batting .387
(12-for-31) with two homers, five RBIs and nine runs scored over his last eight
games.


Adam Wainwright (W, 8 IP, 5
H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K vs. SD
)  — A nice bounce-back performance from the
Cardinals ace, who entered the contest having lost five of his previous six
starts.


Andrew
Miller
(L, 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4
BB, K vs. CHC
) – The Marlins aren’t doing Miller any favors by sending
the lefty out there every fifth day. Over his last three starts, Miller is 0-3
with a 14.81 ERA. That’s not a typo. Miller has really allowed 17 earned runs
over his last 10 1/3 innings.


Jeff
Niemann
(L, 4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3
BB, 5 K, 2 HR vs. LAA) - Speaking of pitchers who’d be better off out of their
team’s rotations, Niemann just hasn’t been the same since returning from the
DL. In his five starts back, Niemann is 0-4 with a 14.43 ERA. Not good. Expect
Jeremy Hellickson back in the Rays rotation ASAP.


Chris Tillman (3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 6
BB, K vs. NYY) – That’s two straight games with six walks for Tillman, who is
0-0 with a
 4.02 ERA (not
bad) and a 9/15 K/BB ratio (bad) over his last three trips to the mound. 


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