Jorge Posada is having a tremendous season and is exceeding my expectations. He was 3-for-5 today with his seventh home run, and he has driven in 25 runs already, despite missing time due to injury.
If Posada can stay healthy for the rest of the season, he could have a 25-30 homer season.
In a single-season league, I would definitely keep him. In a keeper league, I would think about trying to capitalize on his good season and try to trade him for a younger catcher.
Antonio Bastardo collected the win in his first major league start, and was pretty effective for that outing.
Bastardo allowed just one run over six innings, walked just one, and struck out five.
He should get himself another start as he fills in for Brett Myers, but the Phillies have announced that they will be looking for outside help to fill the void.
There is a chance that Bastardo can pitch his way into that spot, but I wouldn't count on it.
Rick Porcello finally took a loss, but it came against the potent Red Sox. He was only able to last 4.1 innings and allowed three runs.
Porcello is only 20 years old, and already has a bright future ahead of him. Don't get upset if you own him from one sub-par site; there are plenty more good ones in the coming days.
Manny Parra got shellacked again, and he is now 3-7 on the season. It is rare that a manager leaves his starter in to give up 10 runs, but skipper Ken Macha did.
Parra was roughed up over just four innings. On a good note, he did strike out five, it was still an awful start for Parra.
His ERA on the season is now 6.75, but in the last six weeks or so he's only had two bad starts, including tonight. Hold on to Parra; he will have a fine season.
Anibal Sanchez returned to the Marlins' rotation tonight, and the results weren't that good. He threw 71 pitches over just three innings, allowed just one run, and struck out three.
He is a guy I owned in the beginning of the season in a couple leagues, but he isn't a guy that I am running out to pick back up. I need to see two or three good starts before I would think about putting him on my roster.
His ERA is just 1.69, and his WHIP is under 1.00. I still don't like him long term, but he keeps putting up good numbers.
If you own him, continue to start him while he is hot, but keep in mind that it could go downhill at any time.
Kevin Gregg blew his second save of the season, but he has given up his fair share of runs. The Cubs bullpen is a mess, as Carlos Marmol also gave up a run tonight.
Gregg should continue to be the closer as long as Marmol doesn't appear to be a better option. If they could ever figure this out, one of them could be a valuable fantasy option. But both are inconsistent at this point.
Vince Mazzaro had an okay, but far from great major league debut. He threw 6.1 shutout innings, but he also walked four and struck out only one.
He was having a fine season at AAA, but he isn't a top-notch prospect. I wouldn't go running out to grab Mazzaro.
I'd want to see another two or three starts like this one (but with fewer walks) before I put him on my roster. Monitor him, but unless you are desperate, I wouldn't pick him up.
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