The Nationals placed starter Stephen Strasburg on DL and more than likely we have seen him throw his last pitch this season. It appears the Nationals will call up Jordan Zimmerman to replace Strasburg in the rotation. Zimmerman has been dominant in his rehab outings this season. In 10 rehab starts at 4 different levels in the minors this season, Zimmerman has thrown 39.2 innings, striking out 31 and walking 6, with a 1.59 ERA and 0.832 WHIP. Zimmerman is a must add in NL-only leagues, especially keeper leagues, and in deeper mixed leagues.
The Red Sox have claimed Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon on waivers, possibly to block the Rays or Yankees from claiming him. ESPN's Buster Olney speculates that Damon will accept a deal to the Red Sox. It appears the Red Sox are looking to make a run even though they are 5.5 games out of the wildcard, and 6.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Damon would replace Daniel Nava in LF for the Red Sox.
Speaking of waiver claims, it appears the Dodgers will be placing Manny Ramirez on waivers this week, and more than likely he will be claimed by an AL team like the Rays or Yankees. Should he get claimed, Scott Posednik would be the beneficiary of more at bats, at least until September 1st when rosters expand.
Astros starter Brett Myers has made many fantasy owners look like geniuses this season by picking him in fantasy drafts back in March. Myers won his 9th game of the season on Monday, holding the Phillies to 2 runs in 7.1 innings and striking out 9. With an ERA of 3.08 and 1.23 WHIP, Myers should have more wins to his credit, but wins are very tough for the Astros.
Red Sox starter John Lackey had perhaps his best start of the season on Monday, holding the Mariners to 2 runs on 8 baserunners, and struck out 10 in winning his 12th game of the season. Lackey has been a bit of a disappointment for fantasy owners, and is not the pitcher he was when he was with the Angels.
Jose Bautista is having a career year this season, and he just continues to hit HRs. He hit two more on Monday night to give him 40 bombs and 95 RBIs. I recently wrote about Bautista here, and still don't believe he can duplicate his 2010 season in 2011.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon went 0-3 to lower his triple slash line to .218-.295-.368 in 133 at bats this season. In 1,330 at bats in his career, Gordon is hitting just .247-.328-.411 with 42 HRs and 151 RBIs. I see Gordon playing for another team in 2011. Could the Cardinals try him at third base should David Freese not be healthy enough to start the season?
Albert Pujols went 3-5 with his 33rd HR of the season. He is now hitting .319-.413-.600 after his BA went sub .300 a few weeks ago. Pujols has homered 5 times in his last 10 games, but only has 8 RBIs to show for it.
Cubs second baseman Blake Dewitt batted leadoff and responded with a 3-5 night with a HR an 2 RBIs. Since the trade from Los Angeles, Dewitt is hitting .318-.392-.439 with 2 HRs, 10 runs scored and 10 RBIs in 66 at bats.