Fantasy Baseball 2013
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Phillips, Upton and more
August 1, 2013
It’s been a pretty busy week so far in the MLB, and as a result there have been plenty of developments to keep track of in the fantasy baseball world. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there and see what everyone is up to. Here’s the latest.
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Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: We’ve got good news and bad news on Moore this morning. The bad news is that he’s on the DL with elbow soreness, retroactive to July 29. The good news is that an MRI revealed no structural damage, so he should be good to go by the middle of this month.
Moore has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners, going 14-3 with 115 strikeouts. He hasn’t recorded a loss since June 14.
Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates: Walker continues to emerge from his mid-June slump, as he finished off the month with a nice game yesterday. He posted a solo homer and a pair of runs in a 2-for-4 effort against the Cardinals, and has now hit safely in four of the last five games. Prior to that, Walker had just one hit in a five-game stretch, so he’s earned a spot back in your lineup. The finale against St. Louis is today.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies: Speaking of slumps, Phillips was mired in one of his own--before yesterday, that is. He put up a 3-for-5 outing against the Padres that included a solo homer (his 13th of the year and first since July 2). Previously, Phillips had only been able to post one hit in five games. Today’s a travel day, and the Phillies will open things up against the visiting Cardinals tomorrow.
B.J. Upton, OF, Atlanta Braves: Upton is getting very close to a major league return. He began his rehab assignment yesterday, failing to record a hit in six innings of work at the Triple-A level. Word is that he’ll need (at least) two more rehab outings before he can return to the Braves. Once he’s there, Upton will have his work cut out for him. He’s hitting just .177 on the year and frustrating fantasy owners everywhere.
Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees: The old-timer just keeps going. Rivera recorded yet another save last night against the Dodgers--his 34th of the year. He tossed a clean inning, striking out two batters in the process. Rivera has only messed up a pair of save opportunities all year, and he continues to cement his status as the greatest closer of all time. The Yankees start a weekend set in San Diego tomorrow, then will swing through Chicago to visit the White Sox.
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