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The Stretch Run

Friday, September 05, 2008

With Carlos Quentin likely out for the season, this homer is in no mood for cutesy intros. If only it were as easy for the White Sox to add a player to their roster as it is for you to add one of the below players to yours…

American League

1. Shaun Marcum – SP – TOR - Halfway through June, Marcum was sporting a nifty 2.65 ERA with 86 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings. An elbow injury slowed him, though, and he struggled after coming off the disabled list. The Blue Jays sent him back to the minors for ten days, where he allowed four runs and struck out 15 in 13 innings. He faces Tampa Bay, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston and then Baltimore to end the season, and the upside of a return to his first-half self makes him worth gambling on.
Receommandation: Should be owned in mixed leagues.

2. Shin-Soo Choo – OF – CLE - Since the beginning of August, Choo is hitting .344 with five homers and 19 RBI in 83 at-bats. He got off to a slow start after returning from Tommy John surgery, but he's living up to the "second half sleeper" tag he got in our draft guide. He's been mentioned in this space before, and should be owned.
Recommendation: Should be owned in mixed leagues.

3. Daric Barton – 1B – OAK - Barton came back from the disabled list on August 1, and got off to a terrible start. He managed just 8 hits in his first 68 at-bats, dropping his average all the way to .203 on August 21. Since then, he's gone 17-for-44 (.386) with four homers and 11 RBI in that short span. It seems that the 23-year-old is finally starting to get over his injury and flash some of the potential that the A's were hoping to see realized earlier this season.
Recommendation: Worth grabbing in mixed leagues.

4.Anthony Reyes – SP – CLE - Since joining the Indians, Anthony Reyes has posted a very solid 2.01 ERA and notched two wins in five starts. It's impressive, but one must keep in mind his meager 14/11 K/BB ratio and the fact that he's faced a ridiculously soft schedule. He should still make a solid innings eater while facing KC, Baltimore, Minnesota, Detroit and Chicago to finish off the season.
Recommendation: Should be owned in AL-only leagues.

5. Brandon Morrow – SP – SEA - After posting a 1.47 ERA and 0.90 WHIP out of Seattle's bullpen, Morrow was sent to Triple-A where he was stretched into a starter. He posted a 3.38 ERA with a 23/8 K/BB ratio in five starts before being recalled. To end the season, he faces New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and then Oakland twice. It's a schedule that starts out tough, but could pay dividends during the fantasy playoffs if Morrow proves successful in the Mariners' rotation.
Recommendation: Worth a flier in mixed leagues.

6. Dustin Nippert – SP – TEX - Nippert has made two starts since joining Texas' rotation. He was two outs short of a quality start in his appearance against the Angels and he blanked the Mariners for seven innings on Wednesday. That's nice and all, but Nippert is still sporting a 6.59 ERA on the season. Still, he is scheduled to face the same hapless Mariners again on Tuesday and then the Athletics on Sunday making him a decent option for the bold next week.
Recommendation: Should be owned in AL-only leagues next week.

7. Kila Ka'aihue – 1B/DH – KC - Ka'aihue and Ryan Shealy are poised to split time at first base for the rest of the season, making both intriguing AL-only options. Ka'aihue is a lefty, so he figures to see slightly more playing time, and the 24-year-old will try to make his .314/.456/.628 line from the minors translate to the bigs. He's a fun flier to grab for the rest of the season.
Recommendation: Worth a flier in AL-only leagues.

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