The season enters its final month Saturday, with lots left to be decided as to this year's playoff field. Fantasy baseball managers are also hoping their teams can make strong stretch drives as well. Here are five fantasy stars from Friday night.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington Nationals - Gonzalez was acquired in a trade from the Oakland A's last December, and he's been paying dividends all season. Friday he notched his 17th win and second complete game. He is now 17-7 with an ERA of 3.10. With his team boasting the best record in the league, it looks certain that Gonzalez will be pitching for the Nationals in October.
R.A. Dickey, SP, New York Mets - Dickey, another Cy Young contender, matched Gonzalez with his 17th win Friday night. Dickey also pitched a complete game, beating the Miami Marlins 3-0. Dickey is 17-4 with an ERA of 2.63, good enough to be in the top three of the National League.
Ike Davis, 1st base, New York - Davis accounted for all three Mets runs in the team's 3-0 win over Miami. Davis knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and hit a two-run home run, his 25th of the season. Though Davis's average is very low, at .224, he has 25 home runs and 74 RBIs. A solid September could put him near 30 home runs and 90+ RBIs - very good fantasy stats, to be sure.
Aramis Ramirez, 3rd base, Milwaukee Brewers - At age 34 Ramirez is having a very good season for the Brewers. Friday Ramirez had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs as the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. With 86 RBIs already, Ramirez is set to drive in the most since he knocked in 111 in 2008 with the Cubs. Ramirez leads the league with 43 doubles, and his 66 extra-base hits are tied for the lead in the NL.
Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds - Bruce hit a home run, drew two walks and knocked in three runs Friday night as the Reds continued to roll, winning their fourth game in a row. Bruce now has 28 home runs and 84 RBIs. With a good September he can pass the career highs of 32 home runs and 97 RBIs he set a year ago. Bruce's 62 extra-base hits are certainly making fantasy owners happy this season.Brad Boeker has managed a fantasy baseball team for more than 15 years.
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