After seeing David Price throw another terrific game last night, I have to say that I'm feeling pretty good about predicting him to win the American League Cy Young Award. I probably shouldn't feel too good, since my NL pick was Tim Lincecum. Oh, well.
Kris Medlen's shutout made me look smart and raised the streaming starter record to 74-50 on the season. The weekend picks are Ross Detwiler (owned in 24 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the Mets tonight, Bartolo Colon (17.8 percent owned) against the Indians on Saturday, and Clayton Richard (8.4 percent owned) against the Giants at PETCO on Sunday.
On to the news:
- Grant Balfour got Thursday's save for the A's, coming on for the ninth inning after Ryan Cook got the final two outs in the eighth. When Cook got demoted into the A's nominal committee last week, manager Bob Melvin said that he wanted Cook to throw some "clean innings" before getting his job back. Cook has thrown two scoreless innings since then, but allowed at least a hit in each. Balfour, on the other hand, has given up one run in 16 appearances since June 29, and saved two games in the last week. Could Cook get his job back at any time? Sure, because closer job security is always unpredictable. Still, if I was hunting for saves this weekend, I'd grab Balfour (23.3 percent owned) and hope nothing changes for awhile in Oakland.
- The Cubs and Reds play a doubleheader on Saturday, so get their hitters in your lineup.
- Mark Teixeira apparently had a recurrence of his left wrist injury, and his status for tonight is uncertain.
- Unless something has changed - and nothing has publicly - Nationals SS Ian Desmond will be activated from the DL today. Get ready to start Desmond if you have him.
- Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion was scratched Thursday due to forearm and shoulder soreness, but he thinks he'll be back tonight.
- Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders hurt his thumb trying to stop a comebacker on Wednesday, but expects to make his next start.
- If Brewers SP Shaun Marcum gets through a bullpen session today without any complications, he could be activated early next week instead of making another rehab start.
- Braves OF Jason Heyward hit his 20th homer of the season last night. J-Hey also has 60 RBI, 72 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. Remember a few months ago, when all his owners hated him?
- The Marlins' website reports that Emilio Bonifacio is expected to play in one more rehab game tonight before being activated on Sunday.
- Neil Walker's dislocated pinky seems to be improving, but it's hard to say when he'll be back in the lineup.
- Phillies 3B Placido Polanco is still on target for a Monday return from the DL.
- The Mets plan to give 3B David Wright and 1B Ike Davis each a day off this weekend. Watch the daily lineups if you own either player. Sunday is a day-game-after-night-game, so that should be the day for at least one of them.
- Look for Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin to rejoin the Rockies' rotation next week. Chacin was pretty bad over his first five starts of the season, and went on the DL with a chest injury in early May. Chacin is owned in 1.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, and if healthy, he can be effective enough for deeper mixed leagues. He had ERAs of 3.28 and 3.62 in 2010 and 2011, and that's not bad for a guy who pitches in Coors Field half the time.
- Orioles 1B/3B Wilson Betemit (wrist) has been placed on the DL, and is aiming for an August 27 return.
- Tommy Hanson comes off the DL to pitch tonight for the Braves. Start him if you have him.
See you back here Monday morning.