2013-08-23 11:00:00 EDT
After a relatively slow day around the MLB on Thursday, teams all across the league were back in full effect yesterday as the weekend series began. There’s plenty of fantasy information out there to digest this morning, so let’s take a moment to examine some of the noteworthy performers from yesterday’s games and look ahead to the upcoming matchups. Here’s the latest.
Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins: Today is a big day for Mauer. He’ll be visiting with team trainers in the coming hours to develop a game plan for physical activity. That means he’s one step closer to returning to the field following his concussion. If everything goes well, and he doesn’t experience any symptoms, he would likely be getting back to baseball activities within a matter of days.
Mauer has been out of action since the 19th after taking a couple foul tips in the facemask. A visit with doctors yesterday revealed nothing abnormal, so that’s good news. He’s currently on the 7-day DL, and we’ll keep you posted.
Kenley Jansen, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Jansen continued his strong run yesterday, tossing a clean inning against the Red Sox. He struck out two on his way to his 22nd save of the year, boosting his K total to 92 in the process. Jansen has been nearly unhittable in the last month, with opponents going just 2-for-48 against him in that span. The Cubs and Padres come to town this week, which is a nice omen for Jansen’s fantasy chances.
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles: Jones only had one hit yesterday against Oakland, but it was a big one. He slapped his 27th homer of the year–and third in the last five games–as part of a 1-for-4, three-RBI line. After a brief slump, he’s now got a seven-game hit streak to his credit. Jones has been everything fantasy owners expected him to be this season, with a .301 average, 94 RBI and 87 runs. After this weekend, the team heads to Boston then New York.
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Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: It wasn’t quite a dominant performance for Hamels yesterday, but he did okay. He allowed three earned in seven innings against the Diamondbacks, but had to settle for a no-decision as he didn’t get much help offensively. Hamels has just one win (and one loss) in his last six starts, so this is turning out to be the norm for him. He hasn’t pitched badly; those three earned were the most he’s allowed since July 20. He’ll get another chance to get into the win column in New York on Thursday against the Mets.
Rex Brothers, RP, Colorado Rockies: If you’re going to grab Brothers off waivers, now’s the time. He snagged another save yesterday against the Marlins–his first since fellow RP Rafael Betancourt was sidelined–in a two-strikeout outing. Brothers has 12 saves on the year and is sporting a nice 1.48 ERA. We’ll find out more about his future on Monday, when Betancourt will receive an MRI on his ailing elbow. According to early indications, it’s not looking too good.
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