2013-08-29 11:00:00 EDT
Even though yesterday was a little more subdued than usual in the MLB, we’ve got a full weekend of action to look forward to with some big-time series taking place over the next few days. Before we get down to business, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there who are making headlines this morning, then see what we should be expecting in the coming days. Here’s the latest.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers: The reigning Triple Crown winner sure is making things interesting lately. After suffering through difficulties with his groin and hip recently, Cabrera sustained a strained abdomen while running out a double during yesterday’s game against Oakland. He’s had issues in that area before, all part of his nagging left hip injury. The good news is that Cabrera is currently listed as day-to-day, and he insists that he’ll be on the field tonight against Cleveland. That will depend on how he looks and feels today, though, so owners should keep an eye on the lineup cards.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox: Yesterday’s matchup against the Orioles was a red-letter date for Ellsbury. He posted his 50th steal of the year as part of a 2-for-4 overall effort. That’s the third time he’s accomplished the feat in his career. Ellsbury, who has done just about everything fantasy owners expected of him this season, is carrying a .299 average with 47 RBI and 83 runs this year as well. A home series against the Chicago White Sox begins today.
Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves: McCann was the only player who provided any offense for the Braves yesterday, fueling their 3-1 win with a three-run blast that was part of a 2-for-4 overall effort. The RBI and homer were his first since August 17 against the Nationals, a span of eight games. During that stretch, McCann has been pretty good, posting four multi-hit outings and five runs. He is currently hitting .276 with 19 homers and 50 RBI this season, which is a little more production than most owners expected.
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Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers: Miggy got all the headlines yesterday, but Fielder deserves some recognition in his own right. He posted a 3-for-4 line in the Tigers’ loss against the A’s, including a solo homer and three runs. The blast was Fielder’s 21st of the year and puts him on track for a 100-RBI season. He’s not doing so well in the other categories, though: his average is a tepid .268 and he has a lower-than-expected 68 runs thus far. Not exactly top-shelf numbers for a second-round fantasy pick.
Gerrit Cole, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Cole started out his career with the Pirates at a blistering 4-0, but since then he’s been burning fantasy owners with sub-mediocrity. He posted another loss yesterday against Milwaukee, which dropped him to 6-7 on the year. Cole allowed three earned on 10 hits and struck out four for his second straight L and is 2-7 in his last 10 starts. He’ll get another chance to redeem himself Tuesday in Milwaukee.
Jayson Werth, OF, Washington Nationals: Werth deserves some kudos for the power display he’s been putting on recently. He slapped another homer yesterday as part of a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance against the Marlins. The blast was his 21st of the year, and his fourth in the last seven games. Werth and the gang will host the Mets for a three-game series this weekend.
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