Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/10/13
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Gordon, Gonzalez and more
September 10, 2013
Yesterday was a relatively tame day around the MLB, but there was still plenty of action happening on the diamond. As a result, we’ve got some fresh fantasy considerations this morning as we ease into the back stretch of the season. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there and see what everyone’s up to as we dig into the early-week series.
Taijuan Walker, SP, Seattle Mariners: Walker went out for his final start of 2013 yesterday, and he did pretty well. He lasted five innings, giving up two earned runs and eight strikeouts on 84 pitches. The youngster was in line for the win, but the Mariners bullpen reduced it to a no-decision. Now that Walker is done (and you can drop him) he’ll be a consideration for next season if he wins a roster spot. He finishes with six earned over 15 innings and a 1.00 WHIP. Not too bad for a 21-year-old.
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Craig Kimbrel, RP, Atlanta Braves: Kimbrel continued steamrolling his way through the season yesterday. He posted his 45th save of the year against the Mariners, a full six days after his most recent appearance. He’s got the edge on Jim Johnson’s 43 saves as of right now, and his stats make him the most coveted reliever in the fantasy game. Kimbrel is rocking a 0.94 ERA with a 0.85 WHIP. Two more saves and he’ll match his career-high for a season.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington Nationals: Gonzalez had it working last night, and as a result he was able to snag his first complete game of 2013. He went the distance against the Mets, nabbing a shutout in the process and flirting with a no-hitter until the seventh inning. That gives Gonzalez wins in his last three consecutive outings; during that span he’s only allowed one earned run and has fanned 22. Next up on the agenda are the Phillies and (the also pretty hot lately) Cole Hamels. That one is Saturday evening at home.
Denard Span, OF, Washington Nationals: Let’s stick with the Nats for a moment and give some props to Span. He slapped a homer yesterday against the Mets to extend his hit streak to an impressive 20 games. During that time, he’s gone 32-for-79. Span now has his season-long numbers up to respectable levels, though he’s still not doing quite as well as most owners had hoped. On the year, he’s got four homers and 13 stolen bases. Three more games in New York, then it’s back to DC for a home-stand.
Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals: Gordon had a pretty full statistical night against the Indians, resulting in his fifth straight game with at least one hit. He finished with a single and a homer in a 2-for-5 night, then also added a steal (his 10th of the year). The long-ball was Gordon’s 18th of the season, and it produced a pair of RBI. During the last five, he’s got nine hits, two homers and five RBI. After this Cleveland series concludes, it’s off to Detroit for the weekend.
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