2013-08-14 11:00:00 EDT
It’s Thursday, which is always an exciting day in fantasy baseball. The early-week series are tapering off and we get to look forward to the weekend matchups, which always seem to be more intriguing than usual. That said, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names around the league and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Ramirez was back out there yesterday–after missing the past nine games with a shoulder injury–and immediately made an impact against the Mets. He went 2-for-5 with a run, playing 12 innings in the narrow 5-4 win. Ramirez owners haven’t gotten many chances to utilize him; he’s only got 197 at-bats thus far due to injuries. Still, he’s carrying a .360 average and has given some good value when he’s in.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers: Kinsler has hit in seven of his last nine games, but hasn’t enjoyed much production in fantasy categories. He had a good evening against the Brewers, however, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Even with the nice outing, Kinsler is hitting just .226 this month. Season-wise, he’s underperformed expectations for the most part, with 10 homers and eight stolen bases.
Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: Brown continues to be impressive after his return from a concussion last week. He posted his 27th homer of the year in a 3-for-4 effort in Atlanta yesterday, making him 11-for-32 since his return. On the season, Brown has surpassed expectations in a big way, delivering 78 RBI and 56 runs to go along with a .277 average. And to think, many owners probably picked him up off waivers early this year.
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David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: Price had a nice four-quality-start streak going as he went into his outing against the Mariners yesterday. He couldn’t make it five, however, as he faltered for three runs in the fifth inning, which went toward a total of four earned on the day. Price still escaped with the no-decision, though, so at least he didn’t take a loss. He’ll try to get his seventh win of the year on Monday in Baltimore.
Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Are you sure these guys are major leaguers? Davis hit a little-league style home run yesterday against the Red Sox, making it all the way around after an infield hit and two throwing errors. He finished 3-for-5 with a pair of runs on the day. Davis desperately needed the production, as he’d been mired in an ugly 0-for-15 slump dating back to August 4. After finishing up in Boston, he’ll be in Tampa Bay this weekend.
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