Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – Starting Pitcher
The Yankees are the hottest team in baseball over their last 10 games, and they have played themselves into the playoff race. Staff ace Masahiro Tanaka won both of his start last week, which came at home against the Blue Jays and the Rays. Tanaka allowed only 3 earned runs while striking out 14 hitters over 13 2/3 innings. New York has won his last seven starts.
Jung Ho Kang – Pittsburgh Pirates – 3rd Base
Pittsburgh 3rd baseman Jung Ho Kang was on fire last week after coming off of the DL on September 5th. Kang’s slash line of .500/.583/1.150 in six games played, raised his BA 20 points. Playing at home against the Cardinals and the Reds, Kang went 10 for 20, slugging 4 home runs, and driving in 10, while scoring 6 runs.
Kendrys Morales – Kansas City Royals – DH
Power hitters tend to be streaky, and Kendrys Morales proved that to be true last week. Most of his production came on the road against the Twins. In three games Morales filled the box score, hitting 4 long balls and driving in 10 runs. For the week, he hit .455, and he is also riding an active 12 game hitting streak.
Ubaldo Jimenez – Baltimore Orioles – Starting Pitcher
Ubaldo Jimenez is making a strong case for being in the Orioles starting rotation. He has four quality starts in a row, and he has won the last two of them. In those two starts on the road against the Rays and the Tigers, Ubaldo worked 16 innings, giving up only 6 hits and 5 earned runs while striking out 10 batters. Baltimore is in the thick of the Wild Card race, and the O’s should ride Jimenez’ hot hand.
Chad Bettis – Colorado Rockies – Starting Pitcher
Colorado’s Chad Bettis had shown little lately to indicate that he might have the start that he had on September 5th. Bettis tossed a complete game 2-hit shutout, walking none, and striking out 7. What is most impressive about this start is that it came at home, in the hitter friendly confines of Coors Field, against the National League Wild Card front runner San Francisco Giants.