2013-08-08 11:00:00 EDT
It’s Friday, and there’s an odd feeling out there in the fantasy baseball world. Many of the big weekend series have already begun, which takes some of the wind out of the Friday games’ sails. Still, there’s plenty to go over this morning, so let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see what some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there are up to. Here’s the latest.
Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants: After an up-and-down (mostly down) season, Lincecum was able to find a little magic left in his cap last night against the Brewers. He lasted eight shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out eight. The win brought him to 6-11 on the year. Lincecum has had it rough in 2013, but he’s had some good stuff lately, only allowing three earned runs in his last three outings combined. He’ll take the hill again Wednesday in D.C.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers officially put second baseman Weeks on the 15-day DL yesterday, thanks to a strained hamstring. He injured himself on Wednesday while trying to beat a groundout against San Francisco. Weeks said he felt a “pop” in his leg during the play.
Chalk this one up as another disappointment in a season full of underachievement. Weeks is hitting just .209 with 10 homers and 24 RBI, far below his fantasy expectations.
Alex Avila, C, Detroit Tigers: Speaking of underachievement, Avila suffered another unfortunate setback yesterday. He took a foul ball off his mask against the Indians, and late last night it was reported that he won’t be traveling to New York with the team due to a concussion evaluation.
Avila owners had some high hopes for him this season, but they just haven’t panned out. He’s hitting just .198 with nine homers and 36 RBI.
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Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: We got a Kemp update yesterday, and it’s…well, it’s something, at least. He’s now able to run in place, which is a marked improvement over what he’s been dealing with during his rehab for his injured ankle.
Kemp’s major hurdle in his recovery will be cutting and base running, and it looks like he’s a ways off from that. His vague return target remains sometime this month.
A.J. Ellis, C, Los Angeles Dodgers: Let’s stick with the Dodgers as we finish things up today and take a look at Ellis. He slapped a home run as part of a 2-for-3, two-run, three-RBI effort against the Cardinals last night. It was his sixth homer of the season.
Ellis has had his share of ups and downs this season, but he’s doing reasonably well lately. He’s hit in six of the last eight games, with six RBI in that span.
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