Welcome to a special edition of Box Score Breakdown featuring your favorite Spot Start picker, me. Mike is off to Pittsburgh as he continues his mini stadium tour. Speaking of, I watched the ESPN special where they had the 2 FDNY Firefighters do the tour of all 30 MLB parks culminating in the All Star Game in Phoenix. That has to be every true baseball fan’s dream come true. On to it…
4th and Home Player of the Day: Cliff Lee – W, CG, SHO, 9/7/0/8:0… Lee pitched a masterful game shutting down the Giants including giving post season hero Cody Ross the golden sombrero. The Phillies exact some revenge on the Giants and continue to roll on, 7 wins in a row, 8.5 game lead.
Michael Young – 2/5, R, RBI…Batting .335, 3rd in MLB, 74 RBIs (11th). Remember when he was falling off your draft radar because he would have no position?
Jose Bautista – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB… Number 33 tied the game in the 8th. Remember when you thought he couldn’t possibly repeat last year?
Casey Kotchman – 2/3, R, 3 BB… keeps up his .331 average, ups his OBP to .394. Career Year.
Desmond Jennings – 3/6, R, RBI, HR… This guy is a star, Carl who?
Albert Pujols – 3/4, 3 R, RBI, HR, BB… Nice bounce back from the 0/5 yesterday with his 25th bomb. He good.
Matt Holliday – 1/3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, BB… Putting together an awesome season – imagine if he hadn’t missed so much time.
Robinson Cano – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, HR, BB… Average back over .300 for first time since May 6th. He’s always a strong finisher.
Alex Gordon – 4/5, 2 R… Batting .311 – 9th in AL. 34th double puts him tied for MLB lead. Royals will not be push overs for much longer.
Billy Butler – 2/5, 2 R, 2 RBI… 27th double. Just a solid across the board producer.
Troy Tulowitzki – 3/4, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR… 21st bomb. This guy is a 2nd half killer, just sit back and enjoy.
Ryan Zimmerman – 3/4, 2 RBI, BB… 2 doubles, 13 game hitting streak (including 8 multi hit games). He is finally healthy and showing why he is an elite third baseman.
Mark Trumbo – 2/4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR… Trumbo’s 21st and now up to 62 ribbies.
Hunter Pence – 3/4, R, 2 RBI, HR… Pence has hit in every game as a Phillie and hit an absolute bomb for his 12th. Working his way back to keeper status. Batting .311, 8th in NL.
Alexi Ogando – W/6.1/8/2/7:0…Now 11-5 and bounces back from 2 straight loses, most Ks in a month. Might be last chance to sell high.
Bret Cecil – ND/6 /6/4/3/4:1… My spot start selection. Pedestrian line but not bad from a guy who was available in 90% of leagues.
Erik Bedard – ND/5/7/3/5:0… not too bad, not too great. Honestly not sure if he’s worth the headache. Available in about half of leagues.
Justin Masterson – W/6/5/3/9:1… Most Ks since his 2nd start of the year. K/9 trended up for him at the end of 2010 as well.
Ivan Nova – W/7.2/6/1/10:0… This guy was my alternate spot start selection. Now 10-4, 10 K’s are a career high. Definitely worth an add in deep or AL leagues.
Zach Britton – L/5.1/12/4/3:0… What happened to this guy? I really feel bad for O’s fans – every time they have a can’t miss pitching prospect he flames out. Hopefully you got what you could from him and dropped him like a bad habit last month.
Dan Haren – W/8/5/1/6:0… Haren was cruising along toward a SHO until I turned on the game in time for Thome’s blast. Sorry Danny Boy, still a great effort.
Mike will return Tuesday…
Coming soon…the July Review of my September Stars Series…
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.