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#10 - Jurikson Profar is a nice story from Sunday, but just like Manny Machado in August that's all it is - a nice story. He's not ready and must be left on waivers for someone else. He's going to be a special player sooner rather than later, but not right now.
#9 - Adrian Beltre's in the zone, .446 over the last two weeks with 7 home runs. Those in head to head playoffs, enjoy.
#8 - That's it, I'm keeping Carlos Gomez next year. Those who follow me know I leech off of hot streaks and a benefit to doing that is you can stumble upon post hype breakouts. Gomez is one of them. He started off September right where he left off from his 5 home run 10 stolen base August. 2 steals Saturday and a home run Sunday. En fuego.
#7 - I love Jered Weaver, but man he is stubborn. In 6 AB's he's given up 3 home runs to Jesus Montero. The rest of the Mariner's can't hit him, don't pitch to Montero! A couple of hits, a home run, and all the RBI later and Weaver takes the tough luck loss. Oof.
#6 - James McDonald vs. Yovani Gallardo, pitcher's duel, right? Wrong. As mentined above, Gomez went deep again, as well as most everyone else. Garrett Jones and Rickie Weeks led the way with home runs apiece, a couple of Weeks stolen bases, and just one out between them.
#5 - Greg Holland has given up one earned run since taking the closer job. Yes, it's his next year.
#4 - David Murphy is on a tear. The former righty-only platoon player has began to connect vs. lefties too. There's no reason to expect him to cool off anytime soon as he's earned everyday at bats. It's too bad he doesn't play the Indians every day as he 7 hits and 2 home runs in this weekend's series.
#3 - I love Coors. Field, not the beer. The Rockies are taking a break from elevation for a while, but the stats given from Chris Nelson, Tyler Colvin, Josh Rutlege, among others (and Padres too!) should carry you for a while.
#2 - Clay Buchholz looks like a safe start in Safeco where the Mariners bats go to die, but the way the Red Sox are playing I would not force the issue if you don't have to.
#1 - Justin Verlander vs. Chris Sale lived up to the billing. Verlander's hiccup in Kansas City earlier this week was just that, a hiccup. He is the best arm in the game right now. Sale may be there someday, but he's not there yet. The water cooler that wason the receiving end of Sale after Delmon Young golfed out the go-ahead home run may disagree though.
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