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Fantasy Notes: Manny’s Streak Ends

August 14, 2006 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
  • Manny Ramirez’s batting streak, among the quietest you’ll ever see thanks to Chase Utley, ended yesterday at a career-best 27 games. He was robbed of base hits twice — once by a diving Miguel Tejada and a second time when he hit a grounder to pitcher Todd Williams who threw wildly to first for an error. Had Manny not been being Manny (and thereby not exactly hustling to first), he might have been credited with a single as the scorer may have ruled that he would have beat the throw.
  • After suffering through a rough second half last year, Oriole second baseman Brian Roberts appears he will avoid a let down this season. He’s on a modest four-game hit streak, but the past three are all multiple-hit efforts, making him 8 for his past 18, getting his BA back close to the .300 mark. While Roberts isn’t producing at the level he did last year, he has driven in five over the past three games and I love what I see out of him this year in terms of plate discipline. He’s got more walks than strikeouts at this point, something Roberts has never achieved before.
  • Jon Lester finally won, his first in five starts (improving to 6-2), but he still looks very shaky, giving up nine hits, four earned runs a pair of walks in five innings. In fact, since his brilliant eight-inning, one-hit shutout almost a month ago, Lester has been a poor play. He’s getting dropped in mixed leagues and is even falling off the radar in some very shallow AL leagues.
  • If you’re in a league allowing daily moves, do not start Jake Westbrook tomorrow night in Minnesota. His road work (4-4, 6.25) suggests he should only be used at home (5-3, 2.49). Westbrook is one of the most extreme Jeckyl/Hyde acts around.
  • Vicente Padilla is 6-2 since June 30 and has lowered his ERA over a third of a run to under 4.15. This month, he’s 2-0, with a sub-2.00 ERA. For some reason, Padilla is unowned in about two-thirds of combined leagues and I really can’t figure out why. If your league is one of those, take another look at him.
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  1. […] Jon Lester, SP: Currently rehabbing a foreman injury, Lester looks just about ready to rejoin the BoSox after throwing a complete game four-hitter to lower his Triple-A ERA to 1.26 through six starts. This 23-year-old lefty is unfortunately more famous for his bout with cancer that cut short a fantastic rookie season (7-2 with Boston after dominating at Triple-A). That, however, is about to change. Lester will get one more Triple-A start Saturday and is then expected to return to the Red Sox rotation, spelling the end of Julian Tavarez’s days as a starter. Boston’s second rounder in 2002, Lester was given a $1-million signing bonus – the most for any second rounder that season. So far, he’s lived up to the deal, earning Pitcher of the Year honours in 2005 in the Eastern League and proving last season that he was a worthy choice as the top starting pitching prospect in the BoSox system. Lester may still wind up being a trade chip – there’s a rumour he could be part of a package to bring Mark Teixiera to Boston – but wherever he lands, he’s going to be someone you want to have on your squad. Lester may experience more growing pains, especially if he has more control issues, but I love his long-term prospects. […]