A Major League Meltdown

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There were rumors that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gave some thought to making a change at closer earlier in the season. But, he elected to stay with Brandon League. League has been shaky at best this year barely escaping several tight situations to earn a save. On Monday night, League did not escape, he was downright horrible. League entered the game in the 9th inning with the Dodgers leading 4-1 lead. League blew his fourth save of the season on Monday, allowing four runs in two-thirds of an inning against Arizona. League's ERA is now at 6.00 and now Mattingly must make a change at closer. Look for Kenley Jansen to get the opportunity for saves in the near future.

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Jayson Heyward hit a pair of home runs on Monday night in San Diego. Heyward appears ready to go on a hot streak so the opportunity to buy low is gone. Heyward was batting .142 through June 1st, but since then he is batting .412. This could be a fun summer for Heyward owners.
  • Brandon League hit a grand slam and drove in all six runs at foggy Wrigley Field in the Reds 6-2 victory over the Cubs. After the grand slam, League had an RBI single and a RBI ground out. League is not providing fantasy owners with stolen bases as he has in past seasons, but all the other offensive production is still there.
  • Adam Dunn went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in Monday's win over the Blue Jays. Dunn is only batting .161 this year, but his 16 home runs rank 4th in the American League.
  • Yasiel Puig was moved to the cleanup spot Monday and went 3-for-4 in a tough loss to the Diamondbacks. Puig is now batting .500 through his first eight games in the major. Despite all the Dodgers injuries, it is incredible to see a 22-year old kid who has been at the major league level for one week be placed in the cleanup spot. It's going to be very interesting to see what Dodgers management does when Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford return from the disabled list.
  • Miguel Cabrera belted his 18th home run of the year on Monday. It was a two-run homer, but the Tigers lost to the Royals 3-2 in Kansas City. Cabrera is leading the American League in batting average (.361) and RBI (69) and is second in home runs.
  • Peter Bourjos (hamstring) returned from the disabled list and went 2-for-4 on Monday. Bourjos looked pretty good after being on the DL for five weeks. It will be interesting to see how productive he can be batting 9th in the Angels batting order.
  • Jedd Gyorko (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Gyorko had hoped it was just a cramp, but the pain worsened on the flight back to San Diego. Logan Forsythe was activated from the 60-day disabled list and will get regular playing time at second base until Gyorko returns.
  • Ian Kinsler (intercostal) increased his rehab workouts on Monday and could be activated from the disabled list by June 20.
  • Ryan Braun (thumb) could miss the entire series against the Marlins this week due to a aggravating thumb injury. Since the Brewers are playing the worst team in baseball for the next couple of days, its the perfect time for Braun to get some rest.