Kelly Johnson hit for the cycle and drove in three runs to break out of a 2-for-16 slump on the homestand. He homered in the first, doubled in the fifth, tripled in the sixth, and completed it by singling in the eighth – the fourth Arizona Diamondback in franchise history to do so. After hitting just .235 in June, Johnson is sporting a .393 BA with three homers and eleven RBIs in July.
Johnson is hitting .326 in 178 at-bats at Chase Field this season. He has driven in 14 runs in 17 games so far this month. After being let go by the Braves last winter, Johnson has emerged as a starter in nearly all fantasy formats.
In other fantasy news from Friday…..
- Randy Wells threw seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, walking three, and striking out seven. In his last four starts, Wells has given up four runs over 28 2/3 innings for a 1.26 ERA. Wells has value in NL-Only leagues and deep mixed leagues.
- Alex Rodriguez went 2-4 but did not hit No. 600.
- David DeJesus is out for the season after injuring his right thumb on Thursday against the Yankees. This is a major disappointment for DeJesus who was having a very good year.
- David O’Brien from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Alex Gonzalez has been a perfect fit with the Braves.
- The Royals recalled Alex Gordon from Class AAA Omaha. Gordon batted .315 in 68 games for the O-Royals with 14 homers, 44 RBI. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft, Gordan has been converted from third base to the outfield and has fantasy value in AL-Only leagues.
- Kenley Jansen was called up to pitch for the Dodgers. It’s interesting because he was a catcher before this year and he has quickly risen to the big club after the position change.
- Ty Wigginton will appeal his three-game suspension and did play Friday night. Wigginton received the suspension for arguing a call at first base on Thursday.
- Ross Detwiler will start for the Nationals on Saturday. Detwiler, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2007 draft will remain in the Nationals rotation as long as he stays healthy. Don’t run to the waiver wire, but Detwiler is worth taking a flyer on for now.