21 Days And Counting......

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There are just 21 days remaining in the baseball season. Fantasy owners that find themselves currently  in the race or in the playoffs are watching each category and looking for any edge possible. For those fantasy owners that are in head-to-head formats are in playoff mode and like the saying goes - stick with what got you there. If your in a rotisserie format, the marathon that is the baseball season is now a sprint to the finish line. Evaluate each category and decide what the worst case scenerio is in that category. For example, if your trying to gain an extra point in the wins category, is it worth the gamble to risk your standing in the ERA category? Be careful not to over manage your roster and trust in what got you to this point. If you can fish for a starting pitcher that has a great match up then do it. The key is and always will be the injury bug, which is not something any of us can control. Good luck and just remember - 21 days and counting.... 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Michael Wacha threw seven shutout innings on Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium to help the first-place Cardinals finish off a huge three-game sweep of the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates.Wacha allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings and is a must start down the stretch.
  • Derek Jeter (ankle) is expected to miss the next couple of games and it is possible that he will miss more games. He aggravated the surgically-repaired left ankle Saturday, but a CT scan came back negative. Jeter has been battling injuries all season and one has to wonder if this is the end of the line for the future first ballot Hall-of-Famer.
  • Bartolo Colon gave up just one run on five hits over his six innings  in Sunday's victory over the Houston Astros. His season is one of the biggest surprises to fantasy owners and he is 15-6 with a 2.85 ERA. He'll face the Rangers on Saturday in Texas.
  • Evan Gattis belted two solo homers off Cole Hamels in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Phillies. Gattis was the only Brave to figure out Hamels in this one and the Braves were swept in Philadelphia.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) has been diagnosed with a compression fracture in his right foot. The Red Sox appear confident that Ellsbury will return before the end the regular season, but fantasy owners should not count on much production from him.
  • Starling Marte (hand) said Saturday that his right hand feels "brutal" when he tries to swing a bat with two hands. Marte was activated on Friday from the disabled list and will be used as a pinch runner at first. Fantasy owners should not expect much from he except the occasional stolen base.
  • Addison Reed earned his 37th save on Sunday afternoon and very quietly has had a strong season on a bad White Sox club. Reed has struggled recently as he has allowed five runs over his last five outings, but the White Sox don't have anyone good enough to threaten his job status. He owns a 3.55 ERA.
  • Jay Bruce belted a pair of solo homers off Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, helping the Reds complete the sweep of the Dodgers. Bruce's home runs were the first two Kershaw has allowed to a left-handed hitter all season. He is now hitting .268 with 29 homers and 93 RBI on the season.
  • Charlie Morton (foot) left Sunday's start against the Cardinals due to a left foot injury. Its unclear if this injury will keep him from making his next scheduled start. The good news is that Morton is not dealing with any type of arm injury.