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Virtually every fantasy baseball manager that is in playoff contention at the halfway point is looking for that one largely ignored player that is poised for a surge down the stretch; see Carlos Gomez or Chase Headley 2012 pre/post all-star break splits. The ability to snatch up that player before they go on their second half tear and everyone else notices them can very often be the difference between an early playoff exit or contending for a championship in your league. Let's take a look at one pitcher and one position player, from the American League, that you should be adding to your roster if the opportunity is there.Ivan Nova (NYY, SP)A trip to the minors seems to be just what the doctor ordered for the 26 year old. 2011 saw him emerge as a Rookie of the Year candidate by posting 16 wins for the Yankees, including an 8-0 mark with a 3.18 ERA after the break. Landing fairly high on many fantasy draft boards going into last season, Nova would manage to rack up 12 wins but also posted a frustrating ERA of 5.02 with a 1.47 WHIP. The inconsistency would continue through the first two months of this season leading to his demotion to AAA. Over three starts at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA while striking out 17 in 17+ innings. The form has held after his reentry into the Yankee rotation. In two starts against the Orioles and another versus Tampa Bay, two of the AL's best offenses, Nova is 1-1 while sporting a 2.95 ERA with 18 Ks through 21 1/3 innings pitched. Taking the mound next on July 10th versus the Royals, this solid performance should continue as long as the sub 1.00 WHIP displayed over the last three starts is maintained.Aaron Hicks (CF, MIN)Baseball America's #72 prospect coming into the season, Hicks won the Twins everyday job in center field after hitting an outstanding .350 during spring training. By the end of May, however, the 2008 first round pick had been moved from the leadoff spot to the bottom of the order with a .164 AVG and a strikeout rate approaching 27%. Even though he smashed six long balls in the season's second month alone, Hicks had simply become too much of a liability to have on your roster. Starting off the next month by going 7 of 22, it seemed as if a turnaround was beginning only to see him end up on the disabled list June 10th with a hamstring strain. Returning to the Twins lineup on July 2nd, after a week long rehab assignment, the rookie center fielder picked up where he left off and seems to have turned the corner with hitting big league pitching. He has hit .400 with five extra base hits and two steals over seven games since his return. Hicks could soon return to the top of the Twins order in front of Mauer and Morneau. This move would only increase his value as the 23 year old appears headed to the form that saw him rack up 45 extra base hits and 32 steals at AA New Britain last season.
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MILWAUKEE -- Joey Votto sprinted out to the umpire, screaming "Check his glove, check his glove!"
Like everyone else still at Miller Park, Votto was in utter disbelief at what had just happened. Playing deep with the tying run at first base, Carlos Gomez got to the wall in plenty of time, timed his jump perfectly and leaped high over the wall to rob Votto of a potential...
Joey Votto couldn't believe it at first. And neither could anyone else in Miller Park when Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez robbed a potential go-ahead home run to seal a 4-3 victory Monday night for Milwaukee.
The jaw-dropping play came with two outs, and one runner aboard, in the top of the ninth when Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez allowed a deep drive off the...
Ben and Sam discuss Carlos Gomez` valuable season and the Cubs` willingness to trade players they recently signed as free agents.
Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez had his fourth home-run robbing catch Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds. With two outs in the ninth inning and Milwaukee up a run, Reds first baseman Joey Votto appeared to have hit a game-winning two-run home run. Gomez, however, had a different idea and climbed up over the Miller Park wall to make the remarkable catch. Votto...
Joey Votto took a few steps toward center field, clamoring to see the ball. When Carlos Gomez flipped his glove open as he ran toward the infield, the game was over.
Votto was robbed of a potential go-ahead homer when Gomez made a spectacular catch for the final out, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
''The whole thing is...
This was a great catch by the Brewers Carlos Gomez denying Cincinnati's Joey Votto a
2 run home run in the top of the ninth.
And here's Gomez after the game.
Video: Gomez robs Votto for final out
"Any time Votto hits a ball up in the air like that, you're not sure. The ball carries well...
With the game on the line, Carlos Gomez saved Francisco Rodriguez’s bacon by ending the game on this robbery of a Joey Votto go-ahead two-run homer.
How good was it? Good enough that Votto literally didn’t believe it.
K-Rod was impressed too.
Your browser does not support iframes. For a few seconds on Monday night, it looked as though Joey Votto may have launched a two-run home run to put the Cincinnati Reds up 5-4 over the Milwaukee Brewers in the top of the ninth inning. Carlos Gomez got in the way. The Brewers center fielder timed [...]
credit Photo: Morry Gash
If you don’t know it by now Carlos Gomez is a human highlight reel. Just ask Joey Votto who bid for a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning. Milwaukee Brewers up 4-3 in the top of the ninth inning, two outs and a man on first. Cincinnati Reds all-star first baseman, Joey Votto at the plate with a 2-2 count. Brewers closer, K-Rod throws a fastball...
Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez added another -- and
maybe his best yet -- highlight reel catch on Monday night, robbing
Joey Votto of a homer with two out in the ninth to seal a 4-3
In an effort to stay close to our roots, the staff at Padres Public, will offer-up a haiku each Monday to describe the previous week in Padres Baseball. Restricting our feelings to 3 lines and 17 syllables to describe a week of play is a massive undertaking, but (un) fortunately, we are more than up to the task.
The Padres have lost 9 in-a-row? They’re in last place again? Chase...
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Carlos Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a potential go-ahead homer with a spectacular catch in center field in the ninth inning, saving the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Jonathan Lucroy homered for the third consecutive game for last-place Milwaukee, which had dropped three of four. Jean Segura had three hits off Homer Bailey...
Nothing makes me want to go play in traffic then my team losing a ballgame this way. But as the texts and complaints and misery rolled in to my cell phone from my friends who are fellow Reds fans, all I could think about is this is the game of baseball biting the Reds in the ass because they were forced to try to win a game by this nature. This is what happens when you squander opportunities...
He was safe, actually. I would have made “bad umpiring” into reason number 4, but that’s an epidemic that affects all the teams. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Reds down 0-2 to the Brewers: Joey Votto takes the first pitch for a ball and sends the second pitch into center field where it is caught by Carlos Gomez.
“I guess the Reds are losing...