Jayson Werth (56% owned Yahoo) returned to the Washington Nationals lineup last night going 1-3 with a single, a walk and an RBI. If you need a boost, Jayson Werth is a nice pick up this late in the season.
8/1 - The Cincinnati Reds are likely to lose 2B Brandon Phillips (97% owned Yahoo) to a calf injury. After a disappointing start to the season, Phillips has hit over .300 each of the past 2 months and will now leave fantasy owners with a huge hole to fill. No 2B eligible player has more fantasy points in the past 14 days than Phillips, but Allen Craig (76%), Aaron Hill (80%), and Chase Utley (76%) are the next 3 guys on the list and should be who you look to replace Brandon Phillips with. Another solid option would be Neil Walker (74%) of the the Pittsburgh Pirates who has been the hottest 2B in the past 7 days.
7/31 - Ryan Dempster (85% owned Yahoo) has been traded to the Texas Rangers! I think every pitcher should want to pitch with that offense providing run support.
The Cincinnati Reds now how 3 guys capable of closing game with the addition of Jonathan Broxton (78% owned Yahoo). Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Broxton lost a TON of value by going back to the National League. Greg Holland (13%) is now a must own in Kansas City as he will take over the closer duties.
The Philadelphia Phillies have sent the Flyin' Hawaiian Shane Victorino (90% owned Yahoo) to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin. This is big for fantasy owners as the Dodgers lineup has been rejuvenated and should produce nicely for the rest of the season. Victorino was heating up in July as he hit .288 with 8 XBH.
Philly has apparently also sent OF Hunter Pence (97%) to the San Francisco Giants for a package built around Tommy Joseph. Adding Pence to Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Melky Cabrera makes the Giants actual contenders....and that is with out any help from Tim Lincecum this season. Pence has struggled since the break hitting just .190 but he is a career .329 hitter at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Like Victorino, getting out of the Phillies clubhouse surrounded by negativity should give them a boost in production.
The Atlanta Braves, who failed to acquire Ryan Dempster, instead snagged Paul Maholm (31% owned Yahoo) and Reed Johnson from the Chiacgo Cubs in exchange for Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino. In 5 career starts at Turner Field, Maholm owns a 1.69 ERA. This season he has earned 9 wins, 5 of which have come in his last 6 starts. He has not allowed more than one earned run in his last 7 appearances. Maholm should be considered a solid own in fantasy baseball now that he is pitching for the Braves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Travis Snider (5% owned Yahoo) from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Brad Lincoln (8%). This is another positive sign for Pirates fans that ownership is really going all in on this playoff push. Adding a 24 year old lefty power bat for a relief pitcher/spot starter is always a good move in my book. However, this is not the BEST news for Travis Snider's fantasy value as he goes to a less powerful offensive team and is another bat that strikes out a ton. However, there should be
The trade deadline has forced the Milwaukee Brewers to send Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels, the Pittsburgh Pirates to trade for Wandy Rodriguez, the Miami Marlins to send Hanley Ramirez to Hollywood and the Twins to deal Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox. Will the Phillies give up on this season and part ways with Shane Victorino or Hunter Pence? Will the Rangers match the Angels and acquire a top notch pitcher? What do you want your team to do before the deadline passes? Let us know in the comment section!
Division Leaders Heading into All-Star Break
AL East - New York Yankees
AL Central - Chicago White Sox
AL West - Texas Rangers
AL Wildcard - Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics
NL East - Washington Nationals
NL Central - Cincinnati Reds
NL West - San Francisco Giants
NL Wildcard - Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves
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Teams Playing 7 Games This Week:
Schedule info courtesy of Baseball Monster
- The Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals play all 7 games at home this week.
- The Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees play all 6 games at home this week.
- The Miami Marlins play all 8 games on the road this week
- The Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays play all 7 games on the road this week.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates play all 6 games on the road this week.
|Starting Pitcher||First Start/Opponent||Second Start/Opponent|
|Bailey, Homer SP CIN||vs. SD||vs. PIT|
|Beckett, Josh SP BOS||vs. DET||vs. MIN|
|Bedard, Erik SP PIT||@ CHC||@ CIN|
|Blackburn, Nick SP MIN||vs. CHW||@ BOS|
|Buchholz, Clay SP BOS||vs. DET||vs. MIN|
|Buehrle, Mark SP MIA||@ ATL||@ WAS|
|Bumgarner, Madison SP SF||vs. NYM||@ COL|
|Cahill, Trevor SP ARI||@ LAD||@ PHI|
|De Vries, Cole SP MIN||vs. CHW||@ BOS|
|Estrada, Marco SP MIL||vs. HOU||@ STL|
|Francis, Jeff SP COL||vs. STL||vs. SF|
|Garcia, Freddy SP NYY||vs. BAL||vs. SEA|
|Garza, Matt SP CHC||vs. PIT||@ LAD|
|Gonzalez, Miguel RP BAL||@ NYY||@ TB|
|Griffin, A.J. SP OAK||vs. TB||vs. TOR|
|Hanson, Tommy SP ATL||vs. MIA||vs. HOU|
|Harang, Aaron SP LAD||vs. ARI||vs. CHC|
|Harvey, Matt SP NYM||@ SF||@ SD|
|Hefner, Jeremy SP NYM||@ SF||@ SD|
|Hochevar, Luke SP KC||vs. CLE||vs. TEX|
|Holland, Derek SP TEX||vs. LAA||@ KC|
|Iwakuma, Hisashi SP SEA||vs. TOR||@ NYY|
|Laffey, Aaron RP TOR||@ SEA||@ OAK|
|Leake, Mike SP CIN||vs. SD||vs. PIT|
|Lee, Cliff SP PHI||@ WAS||vs. ARI|
|Lincecum, Tim SP SF||vs. NYM||@ COL|
|Lohse, Kyle SP STL||@ COL||vs. MIL|
|Lowe, Derek SP CLE||@ KC||@ DET|
|Marquis, Jason SP SD||@ CIN||vs. NYM|
|Milone, Tommy SP OAK||vs. TB||vs. TOR|
|Nolasco, Ricky SP MIA||@ ATL||@ WAS|
|Norris, Bud SP HOU||@ MIL||@ ATL|
|Oswalt, Roy SP TEX||vs. LAA||@ KC|
|Pomeranz, Drew SP COL||vs. STL||vs. SF|
|Price, David SP TB||@ OAK||vs. BAL|
|Quintana, Jose RP CHW||@ MIN||vs. LAA|
|Romero, Ricky SP TOR||@ SEA||@ OAK|
|Santana, Ervin SP LAA||@ TEX||@ CHW|
|Scherzer, Max SP DET||@ BOS||vs. CLE|
|Strasburg, Stephen SP WAS||vs. PHI||vs. MIA|
|Volquez, Edinson SP SD||@ CIN||vs. NYM|
|Weaver, Jered SP LAA||@ TEX||@ CHW|