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This Week16Last Week11Detroit Tigers51-46
Injuries have ravaged the Tigers' lineup lately, perhaps making the more likely to bring in a proven bat before the deadline. Only two games back in the AL Central, they could use some pop in the lineup to support 1B Miguel Cabrera.
Key Injuries: RF Magglio Ordonez (ankle), 2B Carlos Guillen (calf), 3B Brandon Inge (finger).
This Week17Last Week9New York Mets 50-49
Tough times for Mets starters: LHP Johan Santana has allowed three earned runs in five July starts (0.71 ERA), yet is only 3-0, while RHP R.A. Dickey is winless (0-3) in five starts this month, despite a 1.89 ERA.
Key Injuries: RHP John Maine (arm).
This Week18Last Week20Florida Marlins49-49
The latest Marlins trade talk surrounds 3B Jorge Cantu, who has contributed two homers and 15 RBI in 165 AB in June and July.
Key Injuries: C John Baker (elbow).
This Week19Last Week17Oakland Athletics 50-48
With all the young, inexperienced pitchers on the staff, who would have guessed that RHP Ben Sheets (4-9, 4.53 ERA) would be the most troubled of their starters this season?
Key Injuries: RF Ryan Sweeney (knee), LF Conor Jackson (hamstring), RHP Ben Sheets (elbow), LHP Brett Anderson (elbow), LF Travis Buck (oblique).
This Week20Last Week18Toronto Blue Jays50-49
It seems odd to be optimistic about a team ranked 20th, but the Blue Jays' starting pitching has really given them a chance this year. Shaun Marcum, Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil and Brandon Morrow are a combined 30-22 with a 3.65 ERA. Mix in a more reliable fifth starter and something close to anticipated production from 2B Aaron Hill and DH Adam Lind and who knows what they could have managed this season?
Key Injuries: None.
This Week21Last Week22Chicago Cubs45-54
Now this is the Carlos Silva we've been waiting for: 11 ER in 3 IP over his last two starts, inflating his ERA from 2.96 to 3.86 just like that.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week22Last Week30Milwaukee Brewers47-53
2B Rickie Weeks, one of the Brewers not being dangled as trade bait, has stayed healthy and is showing just how good he can be, hitting 20 homers (putting him ahead of Ryan Braun this season) and posting a career-best .857 OPS.
Key Injuries: LHP Doug Davis (elbow).
This Week23Last Week21Washington Nationals 42-57
OF/1B Adam Dunn is an attractive trade chip for the Nationals, though he's lost some of his legendary patience at the plate. His 4.11 pitches per plate appearance is the low mark of his career and he's walked only 46 times so far this year, after six straight seasons of at least 100.
Key Injuries: RHP J.D. Martin (back), RHP Luis Atilano (elbow), LHP Scott Olsen (shoulder), RHP Jason Marquis (elbow).
This Week24Last Week25Arizona Diamondbacks37-62
After dealing Dan Haren to the Angels, the Diamondbacks are now rumoured to be talking about dealing RHP Edwin Jackson in an effort to stock the system with prospects; not exactly the path to quick contention.
Key Injuries: RHP Brandon Webb (shoulder).
This Week25Last Week23Houston Astros40-58
Considering the package that the Diamondbacks received for Haren, the Astros may not be too excited about dealing ace Roy Oswalt. While Oswalt is a miserable 6-12, he has a 3.42 ERA and his 1.11 WHIP is the best of his career.
Key Injuries: SS Tommy Manzella (finger), RHP Felipe Paulino (shoulder).
This Week26Last Week27Seattle Mariners39-60
Canadian LF Michael Saunders ought to get a pretty good look the rest of the way. Since the Mariners have precious little power, it wouldn't hurt to find out if the 23-year-old is a legit 20-homer guy or if he can even hit lefties well enough to play every day.
Key Injuries: DH Mike Sweeney (back).
This Week27Last Week28Cleveland Indians 41-57
Highly-touted C Carlos Santana is living up to the hype, not only with his .934 OPS in his first 39 games, but with plate discipline that has allowed him to walk 34 times while striking out just 25 times, a BB/K ratio that puts him in the ballpark with major league leader Albert Pujols.
Key Injuries: RHP Kerry Wood (finger).
This Week28Last Week24Kansas City Royals 42-56
Just when it appears that the Royals might have a valuable trade commodity -- RF David DeJesus (hitting a team-high .318) -- he suffers a thumb injury that required season-ending surgery.
Key Injuries: RHP Luke Hochevar (elbow), RHP Gil Meche (shoulder), RF David DeJesus (thumb).
This Week29Last Week26Baltimore Orioles 31-67
There was so much hype about the Orioles' young starting pitchers, but Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman have combined for an ERA of 5.91 in 55 starts.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week30Last Week29Pittsburgh Pirates 34-64
It took him awhile to get up to speed for the majors (hitting .152 in 46 June at-bats), but rookie 3B Pedro Alvarez is mashing now, hitting .299 with a team-high seven home runs in July.
Key Injuries: C Ryan Doumit (concussion).
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