Were you as frustrated as I was with Carlos Santana over the first half of the season? All is well now. Santana slugged six home runs last week – including five over a three-game span against the Royals from Friday through Sunday – to raise his total to 20 for the season. Yes, he’s batting .232 for the year, but that BA is .307 since the beginning of June.
Is there a fantasy recommendation here? Not really – Santana is owned in 95.9 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, and you’re not buying low on him any more. After Santana’s explosive weekend, it just seemed appropriate to remember the cliche I like to spout to my colleague Ryan Fowler: Water usually reaches its level.
Sunday’s (other) studs & duds
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Stud: Nationals SP Doug Fister raised his record to 10-2 with seven shutout innings against the Reds. Fister was just a tad better than Cardinals’ ace Adam Wainwright on Sunday.
Stud: Mets 1B Lucas Dudahit his 18th home run of the season – and his third in the four-game series against the Brewers.
Dud: There weren’t any notable fantasy duds, so let’s go with Pirates SP Edinson Volquez, who allowed 10 baserunners in four-and-one-third innings against the Rockies.
News & notes
Looking for the fantasy fallout of Jake Peavy’s move to the Giants? Allen Webster takes Peavy’s rotation slot with the Red Sox, and he pitched OK on Sunday. Peavy was just OK himself against the Dodgers on Sunday night, and he essentially takes the place of Matt Cain (elbow), who might not pitch again this season. I’d ignore both Peavy and Webster in 12-team mixed leagues, but might take a shot at Peavy in a deeper mixed format if he’s still available.
Lots of news from the Padres today. Ian Kennedy will miss tonight’s start due to an oblique strain. Also, this San Diego Union-Tribune story reports that Andrew Cashner threw a bullpen session on Sunday; Jedd Gyorko will come off the DL today; and Carlos Quentin (knee) is headed to the DL for the 137th time in his career.
Charlie Mortongot knocked around on Friday, Jon Niese wasn’t so good on Saturday, and Jimmy Nelsonwas solid on Sunday; we’re now 60-44 for the season. Today’s pick is Bartolo Colon (owned in 24.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the Phillies, while Tuesday’s choice is Colorado’s quietly surging Jorge De La Rosa (21 percent owned) at Wrigley against the Cubs. De La Rosa has a 1.77 ERA over his last four starts, with 19 strikeouts against seven walks in 25 1/3 innings.
See you back here tomorrow morning, or earlier if there’s a big trade.