Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – Starting Pitcher
Justin Verlander’s 2-0 record this past week, was highlighted by a complete game 5-hitter against the Astros on Saturday night. He fanned 11 and walked one batter. His other win was at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. Pitching 15 innings in 2 starts last week, the Detroit ace struck out 16 batters while only allowing 10 hits. In each of his last 6 starts, Justin has not allowed more than 2 earned runs. At 33 years of age, the former Cy Young and MVP Award winner is still one of the elite starters in the game today.
Kevin Pillar – Toronto Blue Jays – Outfield
While the rest of the American League East is struggling, the Blue Jays and Kevin Pillar are getting hot. Toronto has taken over 1st place in the division, due in part to Pillar’s bat. Last week he hit .409 while driving in 8 runs, and raising his batting average 9 points to .268 for the season. Kevin is a doubles machine with a projected total of 40 for the 2016 season.
Yasmany Tomas – Arizona Diamondbacks – Outfield
During a 7 game hitting streak this past week, Yasmany Tomas hit for both average and power. The young outfielder’s bat is on fire in late July, hitting .429 with 7 extra base hits including 4 home runs, 10 RBI’s and 8 runs scored. Arizona is banking on his power, by signing the 25 year old Tomas to a six- year deal in 2014.
J.A. Happ – Toronto Blue Jays – Starting Pitcher
In 2 home starts against 2 good teams in the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles, J.A. Happ ended up getting his 13th and 14th wins of the season. In 13 innings of work, Happ stymied his opponents, allowing only 4 hits, and a 0.69 ERA with 17 strikeouts. In his second stint with the Blue Jays, he seems to be improving with age. Since the 2011 season when his ERA was 5.36 as a starter for the Houston Astros, Happ has lowered his ERA every year since then, and it stands at 3.16 for the 2016 season.
Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – Starting Pitcher
Gerrit Cole tossed his first career complete game on July 27th at home against the Seattle Mariners. In a 10-1 victory, he allowed only 3 hits while striking out 6 Mariners. Cole has spent some time on the DL over his 4 year career with the Pirates. But when he’s healthy, he has shown that he can be a very good pitcher, as his career 46-26 record, and 3.02 ERA would suggest.