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No. 10-While all of baseball has been up in arms with opinions on all sides of the Stephen Strasburg situation, Gio Gonzalez has been an anchor and the veteran leadership that the Nationals have needed this season. Gonzalez was solid again on Monday earning his nineteenth win on the season, pitching six innings while scattering three hits against the Mets.
No. 9-Kyle Kendrick turned in a great performance for streamers on Monday. Kendrick picked up the win for the Phillies, going seven innings, surrendering only two hits and one earned run.
No. 8-The numbers for the season still look pretty good for Ryan Vogelsong, but of late the Giants' righty has been hit hard. Vogelsong was hit again Monday, lasting five innings, allowing four earned runs while only striking out one. Keep him on your bench unless he can find regain the momentum he had earlier in the season.
No. 7-If you play in a daily league and are in need of some potential power over the last several weeks, you will want to give Phillies call-up Darin Ruf a look. Ruf lead the minors in home runs this season with thirty-eight at Double-A Reading. Ruf figures to get some spot starts at first base while the Phillies evaluate their options with he and Ryan Howard.
No. 6-Ian Desmond smacked his twenty-second home run Monday night and finds himself riding the wave of a eight game hitting streak. Desmond's power has been a pleasant surprise from the second base slot. His ability to contribute in many categories will make him an attractive option in re-draft leagues next season.
No. 5-Carlos Gomez has shown no indication of slowing down in his break out season. Gomez has shown good power and he has stolen thirty two bases on the season. The only area that Gomez is lacking in is in the average department, where he holds a paltry .250 average on the season.
No. 4-This is the time of year when many teams shut down players. Some teams are out of contention and don't want to risk further injury with a player, while others give ailing vets a little additional time to prepare for their secure playoff series. Mark Teixiera is the latest player to get a prescription of extended rest for an injured calf. Early indications are that Teixiera will miss two weeks or so, but some reports suggest the first baseman could be done for the remainder of the season. Adjust your lineup and roster accordingly.
No. 3-The circus must be in town in Houston. Owner Jim Crane said Monday that Roger Clemens could pitch for the Astros this season. Clemens would have no fantasy value and has been reduced to being a side show and publicity hound. The only thing this story is missing, is a report that Clemens will wear a green and yellow number four jersey when he takes the mound.
No. 2-Fantasy baseball has taught us not to expect very much offense from the catcher position, but Buster Posey is doing his part to dispel that attitude. Posey has to be in the discussions for National League MVP after rebounding from a season ending injury last season to be even better this season. Posey is hitting well over .300, has a career high twenty home runs and will make a run at driving in 100 runs before the season is over.
No. 1-Chipper Jones appeared for the last time in New York on Sunday against the Mets as a pinch hitter. Jones is a little hobbled right now and will need to get healthy to make a deep playoff run with the Braves. Jones successes against the Mets is well known to the point of several jokes being made alluding to his "owning" the franchise.
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