MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - August 6

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Players of the night

J.A. Happ - Phillies
Vs. Colorado
9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 10 K

As much as the Cubs hater in me wants to give this to Justin Lehr, Happ's work against the Rockies is more impressive fantasy-wise. It's because of the strikeouts. Happ and Lehr both went the distance on Wednesday, but Happ's 10 K's are a lot better than Lehr's four.

Perhaps Happ will make Phillies fans happy they didn't trade for Roy Halladay. Happ was going to be one of the centerpieces of the deal, but the trade fell threw, and the Illinois-native remains in Philadelphia.

The 26-year old has put up insane stats this year: 2.74 ERA, 8-2 record, 86 K's, and a 1.12 WHIP. He's been a real fantasy gem.

More, after the jump...

Hitting

Jim Thome - White Sox
Vs. Angels
2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

A quick way to tell if you're dealing with a smart baseball fan or dumb one: ask what they think of Thome. If they say he's bad - too slow, too old, strikesout too much - you may want to talk to someone else. This experiment, of course, works best when talking about Adam Dunn or David Eckstein, but in Chicago, Thome works just fine.

At this point in his career, Thome has his flaws, sure. But the guy still gets on-base four times out of ten, and has lots of power.

Thome isn't a great fantasy option in 5x5 mixed leagues because of his low batting average, but he can still drive in runs with the best of them.

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