07.10.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Derek Jeter made history over the weekend by getting his 3,000th hit. Could it have gone any differently for him? The hit was a home run and what a way to put himself in the books. Jeter is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and although I think he is one of the more overrated players of this generation, there is nothing overrated about accumulating 3,000 hits. My thoughts aside, a great day for Derek and the Yankee faithful. And yes, I would’ve sold that ball to the highest bidder. it’s tough times and you must be nuts to give a ball away that was worth thousands.

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: C.C. Sabathia – 4-hit SHO/9:1…Sabathia has been as dominant as they come. Look for a great second half from him.

The Bats:
Emilio Bonafacio
– 3/3, 2 R, 3 SB…Just a few short years ago he was the hottest pick-up in April. Now? Not so much. (Though he’s been red hot of late!)

Eric Thames – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…The Pepperdine product has been scorching since his recall. Take a look.

Raul Ibanez – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 6 RBI…Ibanez has had an awesome 5-game stretch.

Dustin Pedroia – 2/5, 3 R, HR, RBI…In our scoring format (5×5 + H & BB), Pedroia is the #1 2B.

Andrew McCutchen – 1/2, R, HR, 5 RBI…McCutch, I miss you.

Andre Ethier – 2/3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Hates his team. Well, they do stink.

The Arms:
Brett Cecil
– 6/6/0/6:3…An encouraging start after being demoted for a month or so. I like Cecil and he is someone you want to monitor for the stretch run.

Cole Hamels – 8/3/1/6:2…Had enough run support in this one to give up 13 runs and still get a “W”!

James Shields – CG/4/0/5:1…Still got the loss. I own him and I don’t think I’m shopping him.

Jordan Zimmerman – 6/1/4/0/6:0…Minus his last start and he’s rattled off eleven (ELEVEN!) straight starts that a SP1 would put up.

Paul Maholm – 7.2/4/1/8:0…He might be a 20-game winner if he pitched for the Yankees.

Justin Verlander – 7.2/6/0/9:0…Fantasy’s #1 SP. I said it before that this season would be Verlander’s best. He is a bonafide ace.

Dontrelle Willis – 6/4/2/4:4…Don’t call it a comeback! Ok, we won’t.

Matt Harrison – 7.2/6/0/7:1…I can’t help but think he’s pitching over his head. The Rangers don’t have a big enough cushion in the West either and that means the Angels have a shot to win that division. Rangers need a SP IMO.

Ted Lilly – 5/4/1/7:2…Always been a Lilly believer. This was a nice start, but his numbers are just not that great this year.

Dan Haren – 8.2/5/2/8:2…Another pitcher destined to have his best year. See Verlander above.

If you have any roster or trade questions, feel free to drop me an email at 4thandHome@gmail.com. I should be able to get back to you within 18 hours.

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