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Fantasy Baseball News & Notes Update: August 14th, 2013

Locker Room Fantasy Sports takes a look at last night’s fantasy baseball news and notes from around Major League Baseball – Twitter style.

Normally a 5-for-7, four RBI night would top the fantasy baseball world. Well, move over Joe Mauer because Alfonso Soriano is just plain and simply…feelin’ it.

I guess Tuesday’s two home run, six RBI game wasn’t enough for Soriano as he decided to hit a couple more long balls last night and one-up his career best six RBI game with a seven RBI performance.

Soriano had a grand slam in the first inning and a two run double in the second before homering again in the 5th. Looking forward to seeing what he has for an encore this afternoon. Sorry Robinson Cano, your 4-for-4 game gets little love here.

Ivan Nova wasn’t great giving up three runs on 10 hits over seven innings, but he had more than enough run support (Alfonso Soriano) to pick up the win. Nova dropped his ERA to 2.99 on the year. He’s gone at least seven innings in his last seven starts, and over his last nine starts he hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs.

 

Some props to Mauer though.

No other American League catcher has ever had five career five hit games and by getting at least four hits he’s now had twenty career four hit games. Not many great fantasy baseball catchers out there, but he’s one of them.

 

 

Miguel Cabrera and Jim Johnson were at it again yesterday.

This guy is unreal. He has six home runs over his last eight games and his message is clear – back to back Triple Crowns is something he wants. His .360 batting average and 114 RBI  are both first in the American League and he’s only six home runs back of Chris Davis. Then there’s this guy who just keeps killing fantasy dreams.

We could see Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) in the Orioles closer role before we know it.

 

Three straight blown saves means three straight walk-offs for the Arizona Diamondbacks and just like Paul Goldschmidt on Tuesday night  who tied it in the ninth and won it in extrasAaron Hill did the heavy lifting as he singled in the game tying run in the bottom of the ninth and then the winning run in the 14th. Hill has an eight game hitting streak and has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games.

The Dodgers won again – in dramatic fashion this time.

Andre Either with the pinch-hit two run homer to tie it, you kidding me? Believe in the hype because these Dodgers are for real.

Their sixth walk-off gives them eight straight wins and 13 out of 14.

 

Only one pitcher went the distance last night bouncing back from a rough outing in his last start against Colorado.

Coors Field will do that to ya, but he had it last night against the Cardinals.

Filthy is right. Liriano allowed the one run on four hits while striking out six. This is the Liriano we saw in his first full year in the majors where in 2006 he posted a 12-3 record with a 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with the Minnesota Twins. He was sittin’ down batters that year as well – 10.7 Ks over nine innings. In 18 starts this year Liriano has a 13-5 record with a 2.68 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, and although the Ks are down he’s still striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. Comeback player of the year? Fantasy pick up of the year? Ranks up there with the best of the best waiver wire adds this fantasy baseball season and Locker Room Fantasy Sports was high on him, just ask Mike Omelan.

 

Zimmermann is the first pitcher in the National League to 14 wins (and really we all thought that number would come a bit sooner the way he was going), but this was just his second win over his last seven starts. A good sign for fantasy baseball owners though – he’s allowed only two earned runs in his last three starts. Last year the Nats were the best in baseball, and while this year the NL East is out of the question even, and 8.5 back of the second wild card may be too much of a hill to climb, they are more than capable of putting together a run if the offense can get going.

 

 

Bronson Arroyo has won four of his last six starts. The two he lost were to the Dodgers and Cardinals. Last night he gave up two hits while striking out seven.

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