2014 NL West Outside Corner Report- Week 20 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks have lost their last five games to fall 17.5 games behind the Dodgers the NL West. Arizona has scored three runs or less in 13 of their last 16 games, which has led to them falling to seventh in the NL in runs scored (497). Ender Inciarte has nine hits in his last 20 at bats with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 SB’s. David Peralta only hit .222 with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI and 2 SB’s, and Didi Gregorius only has two hits in his last 23 at bats with one home run. Mark Trumbo hit .320 with four RBI. Cliff Pennington has eight hits in his last 19 at bats with 1 HR and 2 SB’s. The Diamondbacks have the second worst pitching staff in the National League (4.30 ERA). Trevor Cahill has allowed three runs or less in his last seven starts (2.73 ERA). Wade Miley has rebounded with two straight solid outings (4 runs in 13 innings with 17′s K’s) after being drilled for 10 runs and 12 base runners in 4.7 innings in his previous start.

Colorado Rockies: Colorado has won four of their last six games, but they remain locked and loaded in last place in the NL West with a 50-76 record. Their offense showed a spark when they scored 27 runs in three wins at home against Cincinnati, helping them remain in first place in the National League in runs scored (592) and HR’s (144). Michael Cuddyer returned to the starting lineup on Sunday and hit for the cycle with 3 runs, 1 HR and 3 RBI, but he has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. Nolan Arenado has 11 hits in his last 24 at bats with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI. Drew Stubbs hit .435 with 2 HR’s, 7 RBI and 1 SB. D.J. LeMahieu didn’t have a hit in 13 at bats. Colorado still has the worst pitching staff in the league by a wide margin (4.98 ERA). Jorge De La Rosa went 2-0 with five runs allowed in 15 innings with 8 K’s. He has 13 of Colorado’s 50 wins this season (26%).

Los Angeles Dodgers: LA has lost four of the last five games, but they remain in first-place in the NL West over San Francisco by 3.5 games. They have scored only 10 runs in their last five losses. The Dodgers are third in the National League in ERA (3.36). Los Angeles’s pitching staff has started to fall apart over the last couple of weeks. Zack Greinke has a sore elbow, Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the DL with a leg injury and Josh Beckett‘s season appears to be over with a hip injury. Roberto Hernandez has allowed four runs in 11 innings with 7 K’s in his two starts with LA. Yasiel Puig has 10 hits in his last 25 at bats with three RBI, and Carl Crawford hit .353 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, and 4 SB’s. Matt Kemp only has three hits in his last 19 at bats with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 SB. Hanley Ramirez is expected to return to the starting lineup early next week after missing two weeks with an oblique injury. The Dodgers are fifth in the NL in runs scored (522).

San Diego Padres: San Diego has lost four of their last six games to fall seven games under .500. They trail Los Angeles by 10.5 games in the NL West. Their pitching staff has allowed four runs or more in five of their last six contests, which has led to the Padres falling to second in the National League in ERA (3.14). Eric Stults was the only pitcher to have success on the week (1-0 with three runs allowed in 12 innings with 6 K’s). Andrew Cashner, who is expected to return to the starting rotation this weekend, allowed six runs in 7.7 innings with 7 K’s in his three rehab starts in the minors. San Diego remains last in the National League in runs scored (417). Jedd Gyorko is on fire since returning from the DL. Last week, he hit 2 HR’s with 9 RBI, and over the last 30 days he is hitting .309 with 4 HR’s and 20 RBI in 21 contests. Abraham Almonte has eight hits in his last 21 at bats with two RBI. Jacob Goebbert hit .400 with five RBI.

San Francisco Giants: The Dodgers recent injuries may breathe some life into the Giants over the last month or so of the season. They have won four of their last six games to move within 3.5 games of LA in the NL West. San Fran is fifth in the NL in ERA (3.40). Madison Bumgarner threw a plus game when he allowed one run in seven innings with 9 K’s against Philadelphia. He has a 2.14 ERA and 0.79 whip in his last six starts with 39 K’s in 42 innings. Jake Peavy has delivered solid back-to-back starts (three runs in 14 innings with 11 K’s). Tim Hudson only has one win in his last 11 starts, and he has a 4.25 ERA in his last 12 games with 40 K’s and 72 innings. The Giants are eighth in the NL in runs scored (489). Mike Morse has eight hits in his last 13 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI while Joe Panik hit .563 with two RBI. Hunter Pence only has five hits in his last 21 at bats with 2 HR’s and 1 SB.

2014 NL Central Outside Corner Report- Week 20 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs have played reasonably well over the last three weeks (11-9), but they remain in last place in the NL Central. Chicago has scored 4 runs or less in their last 13 games. They are 10th in the National League in ERA (3.76) and 14th in runs scored (477). Kyle Hendricks has won five of six decisions since being called up to the majors on July 22nd and has allowed one run or less in his last six games. Tsuyoshi Wada has also pitched at a high level over his last five starts (3-0 with a 2.08 ERA with 26 K’s in 30.3 innings). Javier Baez has 12 K’s in his last 24 at bats with 1 HR and 2 RBI. Arismendy Alcantara only has three hits in his last 26 at bats with 11 strikeouts. Chris Coghlan only has two hits in his last 22 at bats. Anthony Rizzo was the most productive batter (.292 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI).

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have lost eight of their last nine games to fall out of the playoff hunt in the National League. They trail the Brewers by 10 games while being five games below .500. Their pitching staff has allowed 38 runs in their last five games. Cincinnati is now sixth in the NL in ERA (3.40). The only pitcher to have success over last week was Dylan Axelrod (two runs in six innings with 7 K’s) who was acquired in mid July from the White Sox. Johnny Cueto struggled with his command in his last start when he allowed four runs and 12 base runners in five innings. It ended his personal seven-game winning streak. Aroldis Chapman really battled with his command in his last appearance against Colorado when he walked four straight batters, which ended up scoring. He has been dealing with a left shoulder issue, but he is expected to return to the mound sometime this week. Billy Hamilton has 11 hits in his last 32 at bats with two stolen bases. Jay Bruce hit a pair homeruns with nine RBI, but he only hit .226 of the week. Ryan Ludwick has seven hits in his last 22 at bats with 2 HR’s and 7 RBI. Devin Mesoraco only has one hit in his last 17 at bats. Cinci is ninth in the NL in runs scored (488).

 

Milwaukee Brewers: Milwaukee continues to hang tough in the NL Central. They have won nine of their last 13 games to remain 1.5 games ahead of St. Louis. The Brewers have been in first place for 148 consecutive days. Their pitching staff has allowed three runs or less in five of their last six games, which has led to victories in each contest. They remain in ninth place in the National League in ERA (3.62). Mike Fiers has been electric in his three major league starts since being called up from AAA (3-0 with two runs and eight hits allowed in 21 innings with 25 K’s). Yovani Gallardo has a 2.27 ERA in his last six starts with 32 K’s in 39.7 innings. Wily Peralta has allowed only eight runs in his last 45.3 innings with 32 K’s, which has led to six victories in seven starts. Milwaukee is second in the NL in runs scored (550) and HR’s (128). Carlos Gomez hit .292 for the week with 3 HR’s and 5 RBI. Jonathan Lucroy has eight hits in his last 26 at bats with 1 HR and 6 RBI. Ryan Braun only has four hits in his last 21 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates: Just like the Reds, the Pirates have been spiraling downward over the last couple of weeks. They have lost nine of their last 12 games to fall six games behind Milwaukee in their division. Their pitching staff allowed 46 runs over a seven-game losing streak. Pittsburgh is 11th in the National League in ERA (3.77). After pitching well in his first seven starts since returning from the DL, Francisco Liriano was drilled for seven runs and 13 base runners over four innings against the Diamondbacks. He has lost his last three decisions. Gerrit Cole was called backup after Charlie Morton was placed on the DL with a sports hernia. Cole allowed two runs in seven innings with 6 K’s. The Pirates remain in third place in the National League in runs scored (532). Andrew McCutchen made a quick recovery from his rib injury and returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday night. Starling Marte has 11 hits in his last 28 at bats with 7 runs, 3 HR’s and 5 RBI. Travis Snider hit .440 with two RBI. Gregory Polanco only has one hit in his last 23 at bats with 8 K’s. Pedro Alvarez, who has moved over to first base, only has four hits in his last 20 at bats with eight strikeouts. Josh Harrison only has five hits in his last 30 at bats.

St. Louis Cardinals: St. Louis continues to battle in the NL Central. They have won seven of their last eight games and 12 their last 18 to remain 1.5 games behind the Brewers. Their pitching staff has allowed 27 runs in their last five contests, but the Cardinals have still won four of those games. Their ERA (3.61) has fallen to eighth in the National League. John Lackey has allowed two runs or less in four of his five starts with St. Louis, but unfortunately, his one bad start (nine runs and 15 base runners in five innings) has overshadowed his overall success (5.40 ERA and 1.40 whip). Adam Wainwright has a 4.50 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in his last six starts with 28 K’s in 38 innings. Michael Wacha threw a bullpen session earlier in the week, which gives him a chance at returning to the starting rotation sometime in September. St. Louis remains in last place in the NL in homeruns (82) and 13th in runs scored (479). Matt Adams has 11 hits in his last 27 at bats with three RBI. Jhonny Peralta was the team’s most productive hitter (.357 with 2 HR’s and 10 RBI). Jon Jay has 11 hits in his last 19 at bats with six RBI and is doing his best to get regular playing time. Kolten Wong only has three hits in his last 22 at bats with one RBI.

2014 NL East Outside Corner Report- Week 20 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Atlanta Braves: After struggling for 2+ weeks, the Braves stopped the bleeding by running off a five game winning streak to stay in the Wild Card hunt. Even with their recent wins, they still trail the Nationals by 7 games. Their pitching staff has allowed 3 runs or less in each of their last 6 games. Atlanta is 4th in the NL in ERA (3.37). Alex Wood has allowed 2 runs or less in his last 5 starts with 30 K’s in 33.3 innings, and Ervin Santana has won 6 straight decisions with a 2.75 ERA in his last 39.3 innings with 44 K’s. Julio Teheran continues to fade – he has allowed 13 runs and 29 base runners in his last 19.3 innings. The Braves are 12th in the NL in runs scored (483). Justin Upton has 10 hits in his last 24 at bats with 3 HR’s and 11 RBI. Freddie Freeman hit .417 with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Tommy Le Stella has 1 hit in his last 16 at bats while Melvin Upton hit .176 with 1 RBI.

 

Miami Marlins: The Marlins have won seven of their last 11 games to move back to the .500 mark. Despite their success, Miami has lost 3 more games in the standings and now trail Washington by 9 games in the division. The Marlins are 12th in the National League in ERA (3.81). Jarred Cosart has only allowed 1 run in his last 13 innings with 5 K’s. I expect him to be a very good addition in the starting rotation over the next couple of years. Henderson Alvarez also pitched very well (1 run in 7 innings with 6 K’s) after his two week DL stint. Miami is 6th in the NL in runs scored (507). Christian Yelich has 13 hits in his last 26 at bats with 1 RBI and 2 SB’s, but Casey McGehee only has 2 hits in his last 25 at bats with no production. Giancarlo Stanton hit .429 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Marcell Ozuna has 9 hits in his last 23 at bats with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI.

 

New York Mets: The Mets have lost six of their last nine games to fall 13.5 games behind Washington in the NL East. New York has scored two runs or less in their last six losses and are now 11th in the NL in runs scored (485). Every player in the starting lineup hit under .210 for the week. Lucas Duda was the most productive bat (2 HR’s and 5 RBI), and Eric Campbell played well off the bench (.333 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI). The Mets are seventh in the National League in ERA (3.55). Rafael Montero had his best start in his major league career when he allowed one run in 7.3 innings with 6 K’s. Zack Wheeler won both of his starts on the week when he allowed four runs in 12.3 innings with 13 strikeouts. He has a 2.53 ERA in his last 12 starts with 69 K’s in 74.7 innings and hasn’t lost a game since June 25th.

Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies have lost eight of their last 12 games to fall 17 games off the pace in the NL East. Philly is 13th in the National League in ERA (3.97). Jerome Williams pitched surprisingly well when he allowed one run in seven innings with 4 K’s. A.J. Burnett continues to struggle – he has allowed 22 runs and 47 base runners in his last 26.3 innings. Burnett has lost his last six decisions. He is the type of player that doesn’t respond to adversity well. David Buchanan has allowed three runs or less in his last three starts since being called back up from the minors. Philadelphia is ninth in the NL in runs scored (388). Ben Revere has 10 hits in his last 29 at bats with four steals. Cody Asche has seven hits in his last 18 at bats with one HR and three RBI. Jimmy Rollins has struck out 10 times in his last 19 at bats.

Washington Nationals: Washington has dropped the hammer on their competition with nine straight wins, and they now lead Atlanta by seven games. The Nationals have moved to fourth in the NL in runs scored (530). Adam LaRoche was the most productive batter (3 HR’s and 7 RBI), and Bryce Harper even showed a spark by hitting .320 with one HR and four RBI. Ian Desmond has 8 hits in his last 24 at bats with five RBI and 3 SB’s. Washington continues to lead the National League in ERA (3.05). Steven Strasburg won both of his starts while allowing one run in 15 innings with 12 K’s. Doug Fister threw seven shutout innings with five strikeouts; he has only allowed four runs in his last 41 innings with 29 K’s. Rafael Soriano has struggled in three of his last five outings (five runs and nine base runners in 4.3 innings).

2014 AL East Outside Corner Report- Week 20 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles continue to be the best team in the AL East. They have won five of the last seven games over the last week to open up an 8.5 game lead over the Yankees. Their pitching staff has allowed three runs or less 15 times in their last 19 games, which has helped them move to fifth in the AL in ERA (3.61). Chris Tillman struggled midseason with his ability to strikeout batters, but he has won his last three decisions while allowing only five runs in 28.7 innings with 25 K’s. Wei-Yin Chen has a 2.51 ERA in his last five starts with 27 K’s in 32.3 innings. J.J. Hardy hit .350 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. After struggling for a couple months, Steven Pearce has started to find his rhythm again (7 for 18 with 1 HR and 2 RBI). Chris Davis has 10 K’s in his last 22 at bats with only three hits. Nelson Cruz only hit .167 with one home run in 24 at bats. Baltimore is sixth in the American League in runs scored (536) with a major league-leading 158 homeruns.

Boston Red Sox: After winning four straight games,Boston has lost of the last five games to remain in last place in the AL East. Their pitching staff has allowed four runs or more in their last seven games. After trading away their starting rotation at the trade deadline, the Red Sox have fallen to ninth in American League in ERA (3.89). Their only remaining starter from the 2013 championship team is Clay Buchholz. After struggling most of the year, Clay has looked very good in his last two starts (5 runs and 17 K’s in his last 15 innings). Boston had seen enough of Jackie Bradley even though he hit a respectable .313 in 16 at bats last week. He was sent back to AAA after only having 10 hits with 26 strikeouts in his previous 67 at bats. His demotion will lead to a six-week audition for Mookie Betts in center field. He was hitting .386 in his last 10 games at AAA with 6 runs and 5 RBI. He should be the future leadoff hitter for the Red Sox, but he will need to hit his way to the top the lineup. David Ortiz has 10 hits in his last 22 at bats with 3 HR’s and 8 RBI. Xander Bogaerts only has one hit in his last 20 at bats. Boston is in last place in the AL in runs scored (480).

New York Yankees: The Yankees have lost six of their last eight games, but somehow they remain in second-place in the AL East despite losing 3.5 games in the standings over their last 10 days. New York has scored four runs or less in every game during the recent slump (18 runs in 8 games). They have fallen to 14th in the AL in runs scored (485). Mark Teixeira led the team in hitting (.368 with 1 HR), but Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter only had four hits in his last 21 at bats with one combined runs scored. Chase Headley has 8 K’s in the last 19 at bats. Shane Greene struck out 10 batters in his last start over six innings while allowing two runs. He has a 2.91 ERA in his 43.3 major league innings. Hiroki Kuroda has allowed three runs or less in 14 of his last 16 starts. Masahiro Tanaka has been making progress with his elbow injury and is expected to throw a bullpen session this week, which gives him a chance to return to the starting rotation sometime in early September.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays were able to get back to the .500 mark mid week, but they have lost their last three games to fall 11.5 games behind Baltimore in the AL East. They still have an outside shot at the last wild card spot if they can play 10 to 12 games over .500 over the last six weeks of the year. Tampa is third in the AL in ERA (3.48), but they remain in the bottom third of the league in runs scored (11th – 498). James Loney has 10 hits in his last 25 at bats with 2 HR’s and 8 RBI. Evan Longoria was the only other starting batter to hit over .250 for the week (.292 with 1 HR and 7 RBI). Kevin Kiermaier only has two hits in his last 20 at bats with seven strikeouts. Chris Archer allowed two runs in 12.7 innings with 18 K’s, while Alex Cobb has only allowed six runs in his last 39.7 innings with 42 K’s. Drew Smyly has a 2.20 ERA and 0.95 whip in his last five starts covering 32.7 innings with 36 K’s.

Toronto Blue Jays: Toronto has lost 12 of their last 16 games to fall nine games behind the Orioles in the AL East. Their pitching staff has allowed five runs or more in seven of their last 10 games. The Blue Jays are 11th in the American League in ERA (4.17). Marcus Stroman has been ripped up in two of his last three starts. In his last start against the White Sox, he allowed five runs and five hits over two thirds of an inning. Mark Buehrle only has one win in his last 13 starts. José Reyes has eight hits in his last 22 at bats with 4 runs and 2 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has two hits in 15 at bats with one HR since returning to the starting lineup. Melky Cabrera was the only other batter to have a home run on the week. José Batista only has three hits in his last 18 at bats with no production. Toronto has fallen to fourth in the AL in runs scored (559).

2014 AL Central Outside Corner Report- Week 20 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Chicago White Sox: The White Sox have lost 11 of their last 16 games to fall 11.5 games behind Kansas City in the AL Central. Their pitching staff has allowed 36 runs in their last six games. They have scored three runs or less 11 times in their last 13 games, and Chicago is 14th in the AL in ERA (4.43). José Quintana lost both of his starts on the week when he allowed eight runs in 12.7 innings with 10 K’s. Chris Sale hasn’t won a game in his last four starts despite only allowing nine runs in 26 innings with 36 strikeouts. The White Sox are seventh in the American League in runs scored (535). José Abreu hit his 32nd home run on Tuesday night and hit .348 over the last week with four RBI. Tyler Flowers only has one hit in his last 17 at bats with 8 K’s, while Alexei Ramirez only has four hits in his last 24 at bats.

Cleveland Indians: Cleveland has won six of their last eight games to move two games over .500, but they still trail the Royals by 6.5 games. Their recent success was due to plus pitching. Over a six-game stretch, their pitching staff only allowed five runs. The Indians are seventh in the AL in ERA (3.73). Trevor Bauer flashed his upside on August 13th when he allowed two runs over eight innings with 9 K’s against Arizona. Unfortunately, he sandwiched two ugly starts around that performance (eight runs and 15 base runners over eight innings) and has a 5.61 ERA over his last six starts with no wins. Corey Kluber continues his march toward a possible Cy Young award at the end of the season – he has won his last six decisions over eight games. Corey has only allowed four runs and 33 base runners in his last 47.7 innings with 55 strikeouts. It is quite an amazing turnaround at age 28 after having a career 4.42 ERA in the minors. Carlos Carrasco has allowed a run or walk in his last 12 innings with 9 K’s. Zack Walters has 9 K’s in his last 23 at bats. Yan Gomes was only starting batter to hit over .250 on the week (.286 with 1 HR).

Detroit Tigers: The Tigers have no real shot at winning the World Series this year. They were supposed to have one of the best pitching staffs in the American League with an upside starting lineup, but for some reason, Detroit can’t find consistency in all areas of the game. They have lost eight of their last 13 games to fall two games behind Kansas City in the AL Central. Their All-Star pitching staff has allowed four runs or more seven times in their last nine games. Justin Verlander was starting to show some signs of life before blowing up in his last start against Pittsburgh when he allowed four runs and six base runners in one inning. He was unable to return to the mound in the second inning, which led to an MRI on his right shoulder. The reports were negative so he is expected to return to the starting rotation sometime over the next week or so. Max Scherzer is trying to do his best to hold down the fort. He has a 2.36 ERA in his last seven starts covering 49.7 innings with 59 K’s. David Price won his first start in a Tigers uniform when he allowed one run and three hits against Seattle on Saturday night with 7 K’s. The Martinez boys combined for 16 hits in 41 at bats with 2 HR’s and 10 RBI. Ian Kinsler only has four hits in his last 22 at bats with two RBI and two stolen bases. Miguel Cabrera has been unimpressive since the All-Star break. He only has 3 HR’s in his last 121 at bats with 12 RBI. His HR/FB rate (12.1 %) is the lowest of his career by a wide margin. Over the previous two seasons, Cabrera has had a 23.0 % and 25.4 % HR/FB rate.

 

Kansas City Royals: The Royals have been on a magical ride over the last month. They have won 22 of their last 27 games to erase an eight-game deficit in the AL Central, and they now lead the Tigers by two games. They continue to win games despite allowing 4 or more runs in their last five games and can thank a favorable schedule for some of their recent success. The Royals are fourth in the American League in ERA (3.58). James Shields has a 1.93 ERA in his last six starts with 30 K’s in 42 innings. Danny Duffy has struggled a bit with his command in his last six games (15 walks in 36.3 innings), but he has been able to maintain a 2.23 ERA over that period. Kansas City has moved to ninth in the AL in runs scored (520), and they have stolen the most bases in the league (110), but they hit the least homeruns (77). Billy Butler has 11 hits in his last 29 at bats with four RBI. Josh Willingham was acquired from the Twins last week. He hit .381 with 1 HR and 5 RBI. Alex Gordon is hitting .330 over the last 30 days with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI.

Minnesota Twins: Minnesota has lost 12 of their last 19 games to fall 14.5 games behind the Royals in their division. Their pitching staff has allowed six runs or more seven times in their last 11 games. Over that same period, the Twins have scored four runs or more 10 times. They are 10th in the AL in ERA (4.43) and 8th in runs scored (524). Oswaldo Arcia only has five hits in his last 23 at bats with 7 K’s, but three of those hits left the ballpark, which led to 7 RBI. Kenny Vargas has eight hits in his last 22 at bats with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Joe Mauer has shown a power surge over the last six games (2 HR’s in 21 at bats). Brian Dozier only has two hits in his last 22 at bats. Phil Hughes was the only pitcher to have success last week. He allowed one run in 7.3 innings with 6 K’s.

2014 AL West Outside Corner Report- Week 20 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Los Angeles Angels: The Angels have won six of their last seven games to take over first place in the AL West for the first time all season. Kole Calhoun has nine hits in his last 25 at bats with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Mike Trout only has four hits in his last 23 at bats with three RBI, and Josh Hamilton only has three hits in his last 14 at bats with 8 K’s. He is only hitting .200 over the last 30 days with 36 strikeouts in 90 at bats. Howie Kendrick is only hitting .212 over the last 30 days with one home run and seven RBI. LA is second in the AL in runs scored (582). Garrett Richards has only allowed three runs in his last 22.7 innings with 21 K’s to lower his ERA to 2.53 on the year. C.J. Wilson has won his last two starts while allowing three runs in 12 innings, but walks continue to be his weakness (11 in his last 17.7 innings). The Angels are sixth in American League in ERA (3.62).

Houston Astros: The Astros have won three of the last four games, but they remain 20 games below the .500 mark. They have scored 22 runs in their last three contests. Houston is now second in the American League in HR’s (141) thanks to the recent surge by Chris Carter. He is hitting .308 in his last 104 at bats with 11 HR’s and 31 RBI. José Altuve has nine hits in his last 26 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Dexter Fowler hit .409 with 1 HR and 2 RBI. Matt Dominguez and Jake Marisnick only have three hits in their last 21 at bats. Houston has moved to 10th in the AL in runs scored (508). George Springer was shut down for a couple weeks after suffering a quad injury in his rehab assignment, but he may return to the starting lineup in early September. Colin McHugh was the only pitcher to have success on the week (one run in six innings with 6 K’s). The Astros are 12th in the AL in ERA (4.40).

Oakland A’s: The A’s have lost seven of their last nine games to fall out of first place for the first time since April 23rd. They scored three runs or less 14 times in their last 19 games. Oakland still leads the American League in runs scored (603), and they remain in second in ERA (3.21). Josh Donaldson only has three hits in his last 21 at bats with 9 K’s and no production. Stephen Vogt has six hits in his last 13 at bats with one HR. Nate Freiman has three home runs in his last 10 at bats with four RBI. Jason Hammel struggled for the fourth time in six starts with Oakland, which may lead to him being removed from the starting rotation. Jason has a 6.75 ERA in the American League. Jon Lester has allowed three runs or less in all four starts with Oakland, leading to three victories. Sean Doolittle only has two save chances in the month of August.

Seattle Mariners: The Mariners continue to have the best pitching staff in the American League (2.94 ERA), which is a key reason they have become playoff contenders in 2014. They have won 11 of their last 14 games to pull within 6.5 games of the Angels in the AL West. Seattle has only allowed 36 runs in their last 17 games, and during this period they have outscored their opponents by 46 runs. Robinson Cano was the only starting batter to hit over .300 on the week (.304 with 1 HR and 3 RBI). Mike Zunino has 2 hits in his last 16 at bats with 9 K’s. Kyle Seager was the team’s most productive hitter (.273 with 1 HR and 5 RBI). Felix Hernandez had his shortest outing of the year in his last start against Tigers when he allowed two runs in five innings with 3 K’s. Hisashi Iwakuma has only allowed two runs in his last 29.3 innings with 26 K’s. Chris Young continues to surprise at age 35. He has a 2.45 ERA in his last 12 starts with 57 K’s in 73.3 innings. The Mariners are 13th in the AL in runs scored (496).

Texas Rangers: Texas has lost five of the last six games to remain a contender for the worst record in baseball. They have the weakest pitching staff in the American League (4.77 ERA). Yu Darvish was placed on the DL with an elbow injury and was hoping to return within two weeks, but it may make sense for Texas to shut him down for the year. This leaves the Rangers with a AAA starting rotation. Nick Tepesch was the only pitcher to have success last week (two runs in seven innings with 4 K’s). He has allowed three runs or less in his last four starts. Alexis Rios only has two hits in his last 21 at bats with three RBI. Adrian Beltre hit .333 with two RBI. J.P Arencibia has hit .200 over the last 30 days with 6 HR’s and 20 RBI, but he has 27 K’s in 80 at bats.

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Arizona has lost 7 of their last 11 games to fall 16 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. They have scored 3 runs or less 8 times in their last 10 games. Ender Inciarte has 10 hits in his last 28 at bats with 5 runs and 1 SB. Mark Trumbo was the team’s most productive hitter on the week (.286 with 1 HR and 7 RBI). David Peralta has 5 hits in his last 27 at bats with 1 HR and 6 RBI, and A.J. Pollock only has 2 hits in 21 at bats at AAA while battling a hand issue after being hit by a pitch. The Diamondbacks are 7th in the NL in runs scored (479). Chase Anderson has allowed one run in each of his last three starts covering 19 innings with 17 K’s. Trevor Cahill has looked much better in his last two starts (3 runs in 14 innings with 14 K’s). Arizona is 4th in the National League in ERA (4.25).

Colorado Rockies: The stars continue to fall in Colorado. Troy Tulowitzki is done for the year with a torn labrum in his left hip, which will require surgery, and Carlos Gonzalez ended up on the DL with a declining knee issue. All signs point to him missing the rest of the season. They have lost 14 of their last 17 games to grab the worst record in baseball at 46-74. They still lead the NL in runs scored (554) and HR’s (134). Corey Dickerson has 10 hits in his last 28 at bats with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI. Josh Rutledge only has one hit in his last 23 at bats with 9 K’s, and Drew Stubbs has struck out 10 times in his last 19 at bats with only 1 hit. Justin Morneau hit .550 with 2 RBI. Brandon Barnes has 8 K’s in his last 14 at bats. The Rockies have the worst ERA (4.99) in baseball. Jordan Lyles has allowed 6 runs in 11.3 innings with 9 K’s since returning from the DL.

Los Angeles Dodgers: LA has only won six of their last 11 games, but they have opened up a five game lead in the NL West. They lost Josh Beckett and Paul Maholm for the season, which led to the Dodgers acquiring Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Correia. Los Angeles is 3rd in the National League in ERA (3.31). Clayton Kershaw is 10-0 in his last 12 starts with a 1.06 ERA and 108 K’s in 93 innings. Zack Greinke has struggled in back to back games (7 runs and 17 base runners in 13 innings and has only won one game in his last 6 starts. Dan Haren has delivered back to back wins with only 3 runs allowed in 13.3 innings after struggling in his previous 5 starts (26 runs in 23.3 innings). The Dodgers are 4th in the NL in runs scored (500). Carl Crawford has 11 hits in his last 25 at bats with 3 RBI and 1 SB, and Adrian Gonzalez hit .480 with 2 HR’s and 8 RBI. Yasiel Puig has 4 hits in his last 26 at bats with 9 K’s. Dee Gordon has 5 hits in his last 25 at bats with 1 SB.

San Diego Padres: The Padres have won eleven of their last 14 games to move within 5 games of the .500 mark, but they still trail the Dodgers by 10.5 games. San Diego leads the NL in ERA (3.05). Odrisamer Despaigne had a nice bounce back game (no runs in 7 innings with 8 K’s) after getting drilled in his previous three starts (12 runs and 31 base runners in 15 innings). Tyson Ross has a 2.44 ERA in his last 13 starts with 90 K’s in 85 innings. Andrew Cashner has allowed 3 runs and 5 base runners in 4.7 innings in his two rehab starts in the minors. He still looks a couple of weeks away from returning. The Padres are last in the NL in runs scored (387). Jedd Gyorko has 9 hits in his last 25 at bats with 3 RBI and 9 K’s. San Diego called up Rymer Liriano to take over right field; he hit .291 between AA and AAA with 14 HR’s, 66 RBI and 20 SB’s. He had 66 steals in 2011 so he could be a difference-maker base stealer over the last 6 week of the year.

San Francisco Giants: The Giants have lost five of their last six games to fall 5 games behind LA in the NL West. They are 5th in the NL in ERA (3.39), and Madison Bumgarner has pitched better in his last 6 starts (2.83 ERA with 35 K’s in 41.3 innings). Ryan Vogelsong has allowed 4 runs in his last 22 innings with 13 K’s. Tim Hudson has been less than mediocre in his last 12 starts (3.95 ERA with only 42 K’s in 73 innings). The Giants are 8th in the National League in runs scored (467) and didn’t hit a HR in the last week. Brandon Crawford has 1 hit in his last 14 at bats while Hunter Pence has 5 hits in his last 26 at bats with 3 RBI and 7 K’s.

2014 NL Central Outside Corner Report- Week 19 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs have played some low scoring competitive games over the last week, but they remain in last place in the NL Central. They are 11th in the NL in run scored (459) but 3rd in HR’s (111). Javier Baez has made an impact in his first week in the majors (4 HR’s and 7 RBI), but he has 13 K’s in 41 at bats. Starlin Castro has 11 hits in his last 28 at bats with 1 HR and 3 RBI. Anthony Rizzo has 7 HR’s and 16 RBI in his last 30 days. Kris Bryant continues to bang away at AAA (.333 with 3 HR’s, 9 RBI, and 2 SB’s over his last 36 at bats); he is hitting .316 at AAA in 187 at bats with 17 HR’s, 43 RBI and 7 SB’s. Chicago is 11th in the National League in ERA (3.78). Kyle Hendricks has allowed only 4 runs in his last 35.7 innings with 19 K’s, which has resulted in 4 wins. Tsuyoshi Wada has allowed 2 runs or less in his last 4 starts (2.49 ERA with 23 K’s in 25.3 innings).

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds continue to fade away in the NL Central, and they have lost four of their last five games to fall 5.5 games behind Milwaukee. They are in 4th in the NL in ERA (3.37). Mike Leake has been drilled in his last two starts (0-2 with 7 runs and 18 base runners allowed in 12 innings). Homer Bailey threw one of his better games on the year (no runs in 7 innings with 8 K’s), but he was bumped from his start early in the week due to an elbow issue. Johnny Cueto is 9-1 in his last 12 starts with a 2.15 ERA and 84 K’s in 83.7 innings. Cinci is 12th in the NL in runs scored (456). Brandon Phillip has made progress with his thumb injury, and he is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. Devin Mesoraco hit .333 with 2 HR’s and 8 RBI. Billy Hamilton only has 3 hits in his last 19 at bats with 1 RBI and 1 SB.

Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers have been in first place for 141 straight days, and they have had the most success against the Pirates (10-3) this season. Milwaukee has lost three of their last four games, but they remain 1.5 games ahead of the Pirates in the NL Central. The Brewers have scored 6 runs in their last 4 contests and are 2nd in the NL in runs scored (517). Aramis Ramirez has 10 hits in his last 27 at bats with 2 RBI. Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez have combined to hit .176 over the last week with 1 HR and 3 RBI, while Jean Segura has 3 hits in his last 18 at bats with no production. Milwaukee called up Mike Fiers to replace Mast Garza in the starting rotation. He allowed 1 run and 3 hits in 8 innings with 5 K’s in his debut. At AAA, Fiers had a 2.55 ERA at AAA with 129 K’s in 102.3 innings. Jimmy Nelson has allowed 3 runs or less in his last four starts (3.46 ERA). The Brewers are 9th in the NL in ERA (3.66).

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates have lost three of their last 5 games, but they remain 1.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central. Their pitching staff has allowed 6 or more runs three times in their last 4 games. Pittsburgh is 10th in the NL in ERA (3.71). Francisco Liriano has a 2.54 ERA in his last 6 starts with 41 K’s in 39 innings. After struggling in his previous start at AAA, Gerrit Cole allowed no runs in 6 innings with 3 K’s and is expected to return to the majors after one more rehab start in the minors. Andrew McCutchen was place on the DL with a rib injury. His replacement Travis Snider hit .409 with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI on the week. He is hitting .310 over the last 30 days with 6 HR’s and 18 RBI in 58 at bats. Snider was an upside prospect so he may hit well over the last 6 weeks of the year. Josh Harrison hit .393 with 3 SB’s. Gregory Polanco has 9 hits in his last 26 at bats with 1 HR, 7 RBI and 2 SB’s. Jody Mercer also played well (.435 with 3 SB’s). The Pirates are 3rd in the NL in runs scored (509).

St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals have lost four of their last six games to fall into 3rd place in the NL Central, and they trail the Brewers by 2 games. Their pitching staff was ripped for 22 runs in back to back games against the Orioles last weekend. St. Louis has fallen to 8th in the NL in ERA (3.59). Adam Wainwright has a 5.59 ERA in his last 3 starts with 29 base runners allowed in 19.3 innings. Justin Masterson threw 7 shutout innings with 3 K’s against Miami in his last start. He has an ugly 7.22 ERA in his last 9 starts with 25 walks allowed in 38.7 innings. His command is the key to his success (no walks in his last start). Kolten Wong has 11 hits in his last 31 at bats with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI, and 1 SB. Jhonny Peralta hit .385 with 4 RBI. Matt Adams only has 3 hits in his last 27 at bats with 9 K’s. The Cardinals are 14th in the National League in runs scored (441).

2014 NL East Outside Corner Report- Week 19 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Atlanta Braves: Lack of scoring has been the Braves big downfall over the last two weeks, leading to a 3-11 record. Atlanta now trails Washington by 5 games and have only scored 36 runs in their last 14 contests. The Braves are 13th in the NL in runs scored (444). Justin Upton was the team’s most productive hitter (2 HR’s and 6 RBI), and Freddie Freeman hit .429 with 1 HR and 2 RBI. Evan Gattis doesn’t appear to be healthy as he had 11 K’s in his last 22 at bats. Chris Johnson has 4 hits in his last 23 at bats with 10 K’s. Melvin Upton hit .167 with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI and 8 K’s in 18 at bats. Atlanta has fallen to 6th in the National League in ERA (3.39). Ervin Santana went 2-0, but he allowed 6 runs in 12 innings with 13 K’s. After being skipped in the rotation the previous week, Mike Minor allowed 3 runs in 6.7 innings with 7 K’s. Alex Wood has a 1.33 ERA in his last 20.3 innings with 25 K’s.

Miami Marlins: Miami has won four of their last 6 games, but they remain 2 games under .500. They trail the Nationals by 7 games with 42 games to play. Their pitching staff has allowed 5 runs or more six times in the last 10 games, and they are 12th in the NL in ERA (3.86). Nathan Eovaldi bounced back with three strong starts (3 runs in 21 innings with 16 K’s) after struggling in the previous three games. Jarred Cosart showed his upside when he allowed no runs and 3 hits in 7 innings against the Cardinals. He was a very good buy by Miami at the trade deadline. The Marlins also signed Brad Penny who had a 3.05 ERA in 7 starts in the minors with 30 K’s in 38.3 innings. They are 5th in the NL in runs scored (480). Casey McGehee has 11 hits in his last 24 at bats with 1 HR. Garrett Jones only has 2 hits in his last 24 at bats with 10 K’s and no production. Giancarlo Stanton hit 5 HR’s with 8 RBI. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has 9 K’s in his last 17 at bats. Christian Yelich hit .333 with 3 RBI and 1 SB.

New York Mets: The Mets have gone 6-9 over their last 15 games. They trail Washington by 9.5 games. New York is 7th in the NL in ERA (3.56). Bartolo Colon has a 3.31 ERA over his last 13 starts with 68 K’s in 89.7 innings. Jacob DeGrom was placed on the DL with a right shoulder injury, and I would be surprised to see him pitch again in 2014. His injury allowed the Mets to call up Rafael Montero, who had a 3.15 ERA in the minors with 82 K’s in 80 innings. Zack Wheeler has a 2.09 ERA in his last 38.7 innings with 36 K’s. New York is 10th in the National League in runs scored (462). David Wright has 11 hits in his last 31 at bats with 2 RBI. Daniel Murphy hit .323 with 3 RBI. Travis D’Arnaud had 7 hits in 20 at bats with 3 HR’s. Lucas Duda only had 6 hits in 29 at bats with 9 K’s.

Philadelphia Phillies: Philly has lost 5 of their last 6 games to remain in last place in the NL East. They trail the Nationals by 13.5 games. Their pitching staff has allowed 4 runs or more six times in their last 7 games. Cole Hamels has only allowed 3 runs in his last 30 innings with 29 K’s. He has a 1.59 ERA in his last 12 starts with 85 K’s in 85 innings. Chase Utley has 10 hits in his last 25 at bats with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Ben Revere hit .313 with 2 SB’s. Cody Ashe has only two hits in his 20 at bats with 2 RBI. Domonic Brown has 3 hits in his last 18 at bats with 3 RBI. The Phillies are 9th in the NL in runs scored (466).

Washington Nationals: The Nationals have won five of their last 7 games to open up a 5 games lead in the NL East. They remain in 2nd in the NL in ERA (3.10). Doug Fister hasn’t allowed a run in three of his last 4 starts to lower his ERA in 2.34. He has won 12 times in his last 15 games and has a 1.91 ERA in his last 11 starts with 41 K’s in 75 innings. Meanwhile, the less than studley Stephen Strasburg has lost four of his last 5 starts. He allowed 4 HR’s in last start. His K’s (186 in 156.3 innings) remain elite, but he appears to be gutless in every big game he pitches. Jordan Zimmermann has a 2.34 ERA in his last 12 starts with 76 K’s and only 7 walks in 77 innings. Denard Span has 11 hits in his last 26 at bats with no production. Ian Desmond had 3 HR’s and 6 RBI. Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche combined for 20 K’s in 47 at bats, but they hit 3 HR’s with 6 RBI. Anthony Rendon has 5 hits in his last 27 at bats with 2 HR’s, 4 RBI and 1 SB. Washington is 5th in the NL in runs scored (495).

2014 AL West Outside Corner Report- Week 19 Fantasy Baseball Recap

Los Angeles Angels: LA has lost five of their last 8 games to fall 2.5 games behind the A’s in the AL West. The Angels are 5th in the American League in ERA (3.64) and 2nd in runs scored (558). Kole Calhoun was the team’s top hitter (.346 with 1 HR and 2 RBI). Mike Trout hit .160 with 2 HR’s, 4 RBI and 9 K’s. Josh Hamilton only has 2 hits in his last 21 at bats with 7 K’s. Garrett Richards has allowed 1 run in his last 15.3 innings with 14 K’s. Hector Santiago threw 6 shutout innings with 5 K’s. Jered Weaver has allowed 14 runs and 40 base runners in his last 4 starts over 23 innings.

Houston Astros: Houston has lost six of their last nine games to fall 21 games under .500. Chris Carter has 6 HR’s and 14 RBI in the last 7 games while hitting .407, but he wasn’t even the best hitter as Jake Marisnick hit .440 with 1 HR and 1 RBI. Jose Altuve (.348 with 1 HR and 3 RBI) and Robbie Grossman (.318 with1 HR and 3 RBI) also played well. Jon Singleton has 10 K’s in his last 24 at bats. The Astros have moved to 3rd in the AL in HR’s (133) and 11th in runs scored (476). Colin McHugh only allowed 2 runs in 13 innings with no walks and 11 K’s. Brett Oberholtzer has a 2.91 ERA in his last 5 starts with only 14 K’s in 34 innings. Houston is 13th in the AL in ERA (4.38).

Oakland A’s: Oakland continues to have the best record in baseball at 73-47. They have only played .500 ball over the last week, but they remain 2.5 games ahead of the Angels. The A’s are 2nd in the AL in ERA (3.17) and 1st in runs scored (586). Josh Donaldson has 11 hits in his last 24 at bats with 2 HR’s, 6 RBI and 2 SB’s, and Stephen Vogt has done a nice job taking over Yoenis Cespedes’s slot in the starting lineup (.318 with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI). Coco Crisp only has 2 hits in his last 21 at bats with 3 RBI. Jon Lester is 3-0 since the trade with 6 runs allowed in 21.7 innings with 20 K’s. Over his last 10 starts, he has a 2.22 ERA with a 1.07 whip and 63 K’s in 69 innings. Sonny Gray has lost his last three decisions, plus he has allowed 8 runs and 23 base runners in his last 11.3 innings. Jason Hammel has shown a pulse in his last two starts (1 run in 12 innings with 7 K’s.)

Seattle Mariners: Seattle remains a threat in the AL West. They have won 8 of their last 9 games to pull within 8 games of the A’s, and they have the best pitching staff in baseball (2.97 ERA). The Mariners have allowed 3 runs or less in 16 of their last 17 games. Felix Hernandez has a 1.31 ERA in his last 12 starts with 103 K’s in 89.3 innings. He has allowed 2 runs or less in his last 16 starts. Hisashi Iwakuma has 2.13 ERA in his last 6 starts with 29 K’s in 42.3 innings. Seattle has scored double digits runs twice in the last week, which has helped them move to 12th in runs scored. Logan Morrison hit .320 with 1 RBI, and Dustin Ackley is hitting .324 over the last 30 days with 4 HR’s and 17 RBI. Chris Taylor has 7 hits in his last 19 at bats with no production.

Texas Rangers: The Rangers nightmare season continued this week with Yu Darvish landing on the DL with a sore elbow. He struggled in his last start (5 runs and 13 base runners in 4 innings). Yu may only miss two weeks, but Texas may want to shut him down with nothing on the line over the last 6 weeks of the season. The Rangers will probably finish with the worst record in baseball, and they have the highest ERA (4.80) in the AL. Colby Lewis has strung together 5 solid starts (9 runs in 32.3 innings with 20 K’s) while Nick Tepesch has allowed 3 runs or less in his last 3 starts (2.42 ERA). Derek Holland has allowed 4 runs and 10 base runners in 10 innings of work in his three rehab starts. Texas is 10th in the AL in run scored (480). Shin-Soo Choo has 11 K’s in his last 28 at bats. J.P. Arencibia has only 1 hit in his last 19 at bats. Rougned Odor led the team in hitting for the week (.316 with 1 RBI).