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MLB Today: Ryan Howard Can’t Get Back Fast Enough

July 4, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Laynce Nix could be returning for the Philadelphia Phillies shortly.
Laynce Nix could have helped the Phillies had he been healthy.

How badly have the Phillies missed Ryan Howard this season? Well, consider that the group filling in for RyHo – which has included Ty Wigginton, John Mayberry, Jr., Hector Luna, Laynce Nix and the recently traded Jim Thome – have combined for a slash line of .253/.314/.405 with 11 homers and 41 RBI in 331 plate appearances.

Yuck!

We don’t need to tell you how substandard a performance that is from a position teams expect to produce plenty of bop.

Small wonder the five-time defending NL East Champion Phillies have sunk to the bottom of the division, and just keep on sinking.

The unfortunate part for Nix is that he was enjoying a career year and was starting to get more and more PT before hurting his calf a couple of months ago. We expected Nix to be the 130th best outfielder in Fantasy baseball, but because of his downtime, he’s barely been a top 150 flyhawk.

After a setback a couple of weeks ago, Nix is reportedly going to begin a rehab assignment soon – just in time for Howard to finally make it back to the Phils, thereby shooting down Nix’s chance to secure more Fantasy value.

One of the team’s key free agent signings last winter after hitting a career-high 16 homers for Washington in 2011, Nix was batting a robust .326 before going down. Now, considering he’s a lifetime .247 hitter, that BA was probably unsustainable, but he was putting himself on the Fantasy radar before getting hurt. And, yes, the Phils needed his offensive contributions badly. They still do.

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MLB Today: The Resurgence of Juan Pierre

July 2, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Pierre’s become a must-own NL-only league option, and is gaining plenty of traction as a mixed league option.
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MLB Today: Jimmy Rollins Moving up the Charts

June 30, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
While he was hitless Friday, he still managed to draw a walk for the fourth straight game and steal a base for the second straight game, taking him up to 26 walks and 14 steals on the season.
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MLB Today: Interleague Play Not Kind to NL

June 26, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
The National League has shown some progress in recent seasons against the American League in Interleague play, but that all collapsed once again this year.
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MLB Today: Guillermo Mota Needs to Go Away

June 16, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (4)
The streaky and not exactly fleet of foot outfielder launched his first ever inside the park dinger Friday. Assuming he’s not still out of breath, maybe this will spark Bruce to go on one of his patented runs. He has driven in runs in four straight games despite the fact that the inside the parker is his only hit over this stretch. Bruce got off to a great start, struggled in May, and has somewhat rebounded in June thanks mostly to the whopping 10 walks he’s already drawn this month.
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