#10 - Thoughts and prayers for Brandon McCarthy, nasty line drive to the head last night. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor, don't.
#9 - Mark Reynolds is unconscious, another homer last night up's his tally for the last 7 days to 6.
#8 - Jay Bruce too, yesterday was his 4th in a row with a homer and 5 in his last 6. It's too bad he is so streaky, if he could just be mildly productive during his cold spells he'd be a stud.
#7 - Hopefully, maybe, possibly Doug Fister is over his latest injury. Last night showed again what he's capable of when healthy. In reality, he probably won't be the safe until next year, too many different injuries have effected him this year. Only cure is rest.
#6 - Mike Minor bounced back from his first iffy performance since June in a big way last night, carrying a no hitter through 5 IP's. Some special arms just take longer to develop than others.
#5 - Hat tip to Miguel Cabrera, home runs on back to back days and he is clearly playing through a bad ankle. Don't be surprised to read the word 'surgery' shortly after his season ends, whenever that is.
#4 - Rickie Weeks sure is making up for that disaster first half, his two home run game yesterday gives him 3 over the last week to go with his 4 SB's and 15 (yes, 15) hits.
#3 - Bryce Harper is coming out of the midseason swoon quite nicely, like Weeks he also went deep twice Wednesday, giving him 5 in the last 8 days. Trout's finally taken his headlines over the last month plus, but in any other year Harper would be deserving of all the praise he received early this season.
#2 - Alex Rios, hey more two home run hitters from Wednesday! How many of you are there? After a very strong midseason Rios has been a bit of a swoon lately (.226 average, only 2 home runs in the last month before yesterday), but his owners aren't complaining about the 81/22/82/20/.298 season line he has delivered at virtually no cost.
#1 - Okay, enough of the big players from yesterday, have to address a struggling bat. Curtis Granderson, you're a fantastic baseball player and everything a fan would want from a player on their team. What's going on lately though? The average was expected, but the trade off being home runs and walks. That .353 OBP at the All Star break? It's become .323 due to a K:BB rate of 65:15. The home runs (11) are keeping you in the lineup, but it looks like pitchers have adjusted to your new approach. Time for you to adjust back!