MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - June 23

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Players of the night

Pitcher

Jair Jurrjens - Braves
Vs. Giants
7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 9 K

Atlanta was hot after Padres ace Jake Peavy this offseason, but never completed the deal because of their reported refusal to include Jurrjens. Looks like a smart move. While Peavy is on the DL, the 23-year old Jurrjens is putting together quite a year. He doesn't strike too many guys out, and he walks more than he should, but the fact of the matter is that very few runners cross the plate when JJ is on the mound.

Jurrjens has the fifth lowest ERA in the NL (2.6) and a very respectable 1.2 WHIP. He's one of the top young pitchers in the NL, and, along with rookie Tommy Hanson, should give the Braves a formidable duo atop the rotation for years.

More, after the jump...

Hitter

LF Josh Willingham - Nationals
Vs. Mets
4-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

There's something that makes me happy as a Chicagoan to see the Mets get owned against the lowly Nationals. The Nats can't seem to do anything right lately - they're having tons of trouble signing No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg - but Willingham has been a bright spot this year.

With a .297/.415 line and a .984 OPS, he could be a hot commodity at the trade deadline.

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