Brian Roberts continues to struggle against left-handed pitching. Entering tonight's game, he was hitting .216 against lefties, and his 1-for-5 night didn't improve that average. On the season, Roberts has more strikeouts (13) than hits (12) against left-handers.
Melvin Mora was plunked in the left knee by Dontrelle Willis. Fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on his status over the next couple of days. Mora went 4-for-11 with a home run and three RBIs in the Orioles' three-game series with the Mets.
Corey Patterson continues to be a huge fantasy surprise in 2006. He homered for the first time in June and eighth time this year. He leads the American League with 28 steals and is batting .282 after managing a .215 average last season.
Is there such thing as an encouraging performance from a guy who surrenders six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings? Maybe, in the case of Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera. The Marlins are on fire, having won nine straight so fantasy owners might be willing to look past the three homers Cabrera surrendered and point to the fact that he only gave up two walks and struck out nine. He has now allowed five walks in his last two starts after having surrendered 25 free passes in his previous four outings. Cabrera lost back-to-back starts for the first time this season.
For the Marlins, Willis allowed two earned runs in 8 2/3 innings for his third win in four starts. Florida manager Joe Girardi apparently does not have Willis on his fantasy team. He pulled his ace with two down in the ninth as Willis was unable to post his third complete game this year. After struggling earlier this season, the Marlins' ace has allowed more than two earned runs just once in his last seven starts.
And finally, Florida's second baseman Dan Uggla deserves some All-Star consideration. He slammed his 13th home run, which is tops at his position in the National League. Uggla also leads NL second basemen with 43 RBIs and a .314 average.