2013-08-26 11:00:00 EDT
Several teams across the MLB had the day off yesterday, so it’s a relatively quiet morning when it comes to fantasy baseball. There are still plenty of storylines to visit and players to check up on, however, so let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there as we gear up for the series ahead. Here’s the latest.
Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers: Andrus has been pretty darn hot at the plate recently, and he continued that trend yesterday in Seattle. He finished 3-for-5 on the day, tallying a run and an RBI in the process. Andrus has now hit in eight of his last nine games, providing six RBI, seven runs, five steals and four multi-hit outings in that span. We’d like to see his average a little higher (.261), but if he keeps this up, we won’t have to worry about that.
Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on the Dodgers’ biggest sensation since Fernando Valenzuela, so let’s see how Puig’s doing. He slapped a homer as part of a 3-for-5 overall effort against the Cubs yesterday, which was his 13th long-ball of the year. It was a solo shot, and he’s now got 30 RBI in his first 74 games. Puig had endured a bit of a slump last week, but it looks like he’s back on track now (he’s 5-for-11 in his past three outings).
Alejandro De Aza, OF, Chicago White Sox: De Aza had a memorable outing at the plate yesterday. He went 4-for-5 against Houston, tallying a run and an RBI. Over his last four games, De Aza now has seven hits. He’s rocking some decent across-the-board numbers when it comes to fantasy: a .273 BA, 14 home runs, 53 RBI, 74 runs and 16 stolen bases. Not too bad for his level.
Jason Castro, C, Houston Astros: One-time waiver wire pickup Castro is owned in most leagues now, and he’s rewarding owners with solid play recently. He posted a 2-for-4 outing against the White Sox yesterday, which included his 18th homer of the year. That makes four long-balls in his last five games. During that span, Castro has tallied six RBI and eight runs. Needless to say, he’s far exceeding expectations across the board.
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Allen Craig, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Craig’s day against the Reds will stay forever in his memory. He hit his first career grand slam in the seventh inning, and the runs provided proved to be the difference in the game. He finished 3-for-4 on the day. That makes back-to-back three-hit games for Craig, who has 13 homers on the year and is batting a nice .317 with 95 RBI on the year. We figured he’d have a few more home runs by this point in the season, but hey, we’re not complaining. Neither are his owners.
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