In the run up to the trade deadline, Matt has been hawking Gonzalez and offered him to Eric for Upton. Eric declined. Now there is a side bet. Matt has bet a six-pack of good beer thatGonzalez will be ranked higher than Upton at the end of 2013. I'm the informal arbiter. Actually, BaseballMonster.com will be the informal arbiter.
So, while the battle for the final playoff berth rages this season, Matt and Eric have already placed a wager for next season. You have to love fantasy baseball.
Monday's Hitting Stats
Monday's Pitching Stats
Jeff Samardzija took advantage of a punchless Astros offense last night to become the highest ranked pitcher on the evening. Samardzija gave up one run over seven innings while striking out 11 batters and lifting the Lower Haighters to the second highest strikeout total for the evening...The Jersey Boys and the Menehunes were the only teams to earn two quality starts last night and Menehunes' pitcher Carlos Villanueva allowed just five hits over seven innings, giving up one run while striking out eight batters...While Espinosa was bashing at the plate for the Mirrors, Cole Hamels was tossing a nine inning shutout, striking out five, to give the West Division leaders an excellent start in the pitching ratios...It's not often a relief pitcher is one of the league's highest rated pitchers but Derek Lowe had an exceptional evening on Monday. Lowe, who was picked up by the Yankees and converted to relief, pitched FOUR innings of shutout ball to earn a save for the Fishes...Veteran hurler Jake Peavy has been the staff ace for the Machine and he showed why Monday. Peavy gave up two runs over eight innings while striking out six.