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2011 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: It’s Official, Pitching Ain’t Their Strong (Pinstripe) Suit

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Phil Hughes (credits below)

Things do not look good for the Yankees as we head into September after a 9 to 5 loss to their nemesis, the Red Sox.  The fact that they lost is not the troubling thing, the problem is that heading into September their supposedly second best pitcher has a 6.75 ERA (Phil Hughes).  So heading into the playoffs is rookie Ivan Nova, their second best option?  In addition, the rich get (somewhat) richer as the Red Sox picked up a bat from the A's, Conor Jackson.  Ok, so he is not going to set the world on fire, but he is a pretty decent player to have on your bench.
 
The Diamondbacks continue to streak toward the playoffs and the light on the Giants repeating as champions is fading faster than Charlie Sheen's career.  The Giants are now 6 games back, it looks like Carlos Beltran was NOT the magic elixir they hoped for.  In further signs of desperation, or just plain giving up, the Giants also designated Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand for assignment.  It looks like this year "The Beard" won't make us yearn for the days before HD TV.
 
Top Pitchers for Thursday:  Tim Hudson, CJ Wilson, Yovani Gallardo, Ervin Santana and John Lester.  Possibly the worst starter going on Thursday, following up on the Yankees theme, is AJ Burnett.  He of the 13.86 ERA over the past 3 weeks, and essentially every time he takes the mound the Yankees start off two touchdowns in the hole.  Good luck in the playoffs, if he is on the roster.  I wonder if he is due a bonus for being on the post season roster.
 
Jack Hannahan might be reaching his true potential with 3 home runs over the past two games; he only had 5 over his previous 98.  Including 2 on Wednesday against the A's, his former team.
 
Curtis Granderson is on the verge of a truly historic season.  With a month left, the Grandy-Man, could become only the second player to lead the majors in home runs, RBI's and triples.  The only other player to accomplish this is Jim Rice.
 
Cliff Lee just finished off a perfect 4-0 August which also included 32 strikeouts in 31 innings and a minuscule 0.58 ERA.  He extended his winning streak to 6 games.  Also serving up a perfect August was Ricky Romero at 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA, he was the best pitcher in the American League over the past month.
 
Unfortunately, going into September the only real pennant race is in the American League West.  The Angeles failed to take advantage of a great game from Dan Haren and a loss by the Texas Rangers.  The deficit is still 3.5 games.

On this date in 2001, Sammy Sosa hit the longest (Steroid/corked bat fueled) home run in Turner Field history, a day that no baseball fan can forget…Sammy who?

(August 30, 2011 – Photo by Elsa/Getty Images North America)

Written by Chris Summers exclusively for www.thefantasyfix.com

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