Players of the night
Josh Beckett - Red Sox
W, CG, 0 ER, 7 K, 3 H
Beckett started out strong - striking out five of the first nine batters he faced - and cruised against Kansas City on Sunday. It looked like the Royals hitters took an extra day off before the All-Star break.
Beckett started off the season slow, but has rebounded to claim his rightful place atop the best starters in the American League. He ends the first half 11-3, with a 3.35 ERA and 110 strikeouts. He's tied for the AL lead in wins, and ranks top ten in WHIP, strikeouts, and ERA.
More, after the jump...
OF Ryan Ludwick - Cardinals
3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
For the Cards to stay atop the NL Central in the second half, someone other than Pujols is going to need to heat up, and Ludwick is a prime candidate. He was a breakout fantasy star last year, but has struggled in the first half. Maybe that's about to change. He's hitting .409 in July with an OPS over 1.200.