Fantasy Baseball 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/11/13
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Burnett, Altuve and more
August 11, 2013
The weekend is almost over (unfortunately), which means it’s time to start looking forward to the week ahead. It’s not all bad news, however, as there will be plenty of MLB action to tide us over until this coming Saturday. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there in the fantasy world and see what’s in store for this week.
A.J. Burnett, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: After tossing a nine-inning, one-earned gem his last time up, Burnett wasn’t able to get it done against the Rockies on Saturday. He posted five earned on eight hits through 5 2/3 to take the loss. That drops him to 5-8 on the year and breaks his three-game streak of one-earned outings. Burnett will try to get things going again in his next start, which is Friday at home against the Diamondbacks.
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C.J. Wilson, SP, Los Angeles Angels: Meanwhile, Wilson improved his record to 12-6 on the year with a nice outing against the Indians. He tossed just 5 1/3 and allowed two earned on seven hits. The two runs were Wilson’s fewest since July 20; he’s sporting a 3.49 ERA on the year. Next up, he’ll head to New York to take on the Yankees on Thursday.
Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers: Here’s something you don’t see every day. Andrus slapped a homer yesterday as part of a 1-for-5 effort against the Astros, which was his first long-ball of the year. Andrus’ season BA of .260 needs some more work, but he’s been fairly reliable lately. He’s got at least one hit in nine of his last 10, with six steals and nine runs in that span. Considering what else is out there at SS, he’s been decent as a fantasy start so far.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros: Let’s stick with the Astros-Rangers game for a moment and check in on Altuve. Owners may want to keep a close watch on him, as he’s reportedly dealing with a quad injury. He did manage a double in a 1-for-4 line.
The quad condition kept him out for a few games earlier this month, and could be trouble if it lingers. Still, Altuve is doing reasonably well at the plate, with 13 hits and four steals in his last 10 games.
Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Before last night, Holliday had yet to hit a homer since the All-Star break. That changed after the Cards’ game against the Cubs, when he slapped a pair of long-balls to bring his season total to 15. Even though he’s not mashing them out of the park, Holliday still has an eight-game hit streak to his credit, with four multi-hit outings in that span. It’ll be a busy week for St. Louis, who host Pittsburgh then head up to Wrigley late this week.
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