Players of the Night
John Lackey, Los Angeles Angels
vs. San Francisco Giants
7 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 10 K, 0 BB, W
With only two games on the docket yesterday, we were worried that a mediocre performance would have to claim the top pitching spot of the day. But Lackey allayed those fears by fanning 10 in the Angels win against the Giants.
Overall, Lackey has been unimpressive this season and was coming off his worst start of the season in which he gave up eight earned runs in only five innings of work. But the big right hander could be picking up steam for a great second half stretch if the Angels offense can get in, and stay in gear.
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
vs. Cleveland Indians
3-5, 1 HR, 4 R, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to interleague play.
Braun absolutely destroyed Indians pitching yesterday en route to helping the Brewers beat the Tribe in a slug fest, 14-12. Those who were unfamiliar with this 25-year-old left fielder had a tough time justifying a first to second round pick on him. But the proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the sausages and Braun is holding it down as one of the best outfielders in fantasy baseball.
He ranks in the top ten in HR, R, SLG, RBI, OBP and OPS, with a .319 AVG as an added bonus. And there's no reason why Braun should slow down anytime soon.
More to come after the jump...