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#10 - Another rough day at the office for Felix Hernandez, that's 3 in a row to start September. Have to be concerned he's already mentally in the offseason and he draws the Orioles (I know, sounds weird) next. Just sayin'.
#9 - After reviewing Brett Anderson's gamelog today, he really has beaten up on cupcakes, hasn't he? His next two outings are against Detroit and Texas, so it may be wise to sit him. He does draw Seattle again to close out the year though.
#8 - Derek Holland had a nice start against the Triple A Cleveland Indians (seriously, look at that lineup), but wasn't helped by his offense as accustomed. That makes five quality starts for Holland in a row, difficult to trust him against the Angels (he gets them twice to finish) but there's a start against Oakland in between to consider.
#7 - Hello 40 home run club, Edwin Encarnacion! Hope you all have enjoyed the ride because he will not be worth the asking price next year.
#6 - Jered Weaver sure erased those health questions quick, didn't he? Just another 7 IP 0 ER 9 K 1 BB 2 H gem from the ugly haired hurler.
#5 - Torii Hunter helped Weaver's cause too, connecting on his 15th home run of the season. He isn't who he used to be, but he's done what most veterans do and traded power for contact as he boasts a robust .309 average. Keep him in mind when approaching the uninteresting veteran portion of the draft next year. Quality 5th outfielder.
#4 - Phil Hughes may have been written off too soon, by both yours truly and the baseball community. Yesterday was his 5th quality start in the last 6 as his ERA slipped below 4. I know it doesn't seem it, but he's only 26.
#3 - Jason Kipnis was my primary target at MI entering the season and has paid dividends. Although as the Indians caved so did Kipnis. He belted his 14th home run last night in the clutch, but while his All Star break line suggested a breakout if you remove the steals (27) his stats now aren't much different than expectations - 67/14/74/.254. Lots of room for growth next season though.
#2 - Looking more and more like Lorenzo Cain is getting back to full health, he stole his 4th base in 10 days Thursday (10 total in 61 games). His batting average bottomed out in late August at .244, but has steadily climbed to .266 over the last 2 1/2 weeks. As long as his final 2 1/2 weeks aren't too crazy he could be an interesting buy low next March.
#1 - Good news for Kenley Jansen, he is going off blood thinner's Friday and could be ready to pitch Tuesday after a scary heart issue sidelined him 3 weeks ago.
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