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8/22/2007 01:55:00 PM

Garret's big night

Garret Anderson
Garret Anderson's 10-RBI night boosted his season total to a whopping 50.
AP
The Angels seem to have the Yankees' number the past couple of seasons, but who knew one of those games could quickly catapult some teams up the RBI charts.

Garret Anderson torched the Yankees for 10 RBIs, which included a three-run homer and a grand slam, in the Angels' 18-9 rout. However, how many teams (especially in mixed leagues) even had Anderson on their rosters? While Anderson had been known as an RBI man in the past (he averaged nearly 120 RBIs a season between 2000-2003), he came into the game with just 40 -- so those 10 were a good 25 percent of his total. Talk about having a great month in one night.

Anderson definitely isn't the same hitter he was earlier this decade, so don't all go rushing for him on the wavier wire right away. Before Tuesday's outburst, he had just five extra-base hits throughout August. However, he can be streaky, and anyone taking a chance on Anderson can only hope for one last burst down the stretch.

But while Anderson's game really surprised everyone, it also highlighted Mike Mussina's struggles once again. After winning four straight starts, Mussina has been hammered in his last two outings, allowing 14 runs (13 earned) in just 6 2/3 innings (including only 1 2/3 on Tuesday). His ERA is back over 5, and is looking like less and less reliable for fantasy owners these days.

And while Mussina keeps struggling, Erik Bedard keeps rising, tying Moose's Orioles team record for strikeouts in a season with 217, which leads the American League. Bedard has pitched himself into Cy Young consideration with all the K's, as well as going 9-0 since June 15. He was already highly regarded going into the season, but Bedard appears to be among the top pitchers drafted in all fantasy leagues next season.

Other notes for Wednesday:
-- After slow starts, both Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard are proving to be valuable as the season goes on. Pujols, a No. 1 pick in many drafts this year, has homered in four straight games and is now up to 29, although he'd still need a big run over the final six weeks to continue his streak of 40-homer seasons. Ryan Howard also shook off some early injuries to lead the NL in RBIs, although the .260 average is disappointing.

-- Lost in the Anderson outburst is Alex Rodriguez hitting two more homers, extending his major league lead to 42. A-Rod was the last player to have 10 RBIs in a game before Anderson, doing so in 2005. Among the numerous A-Rod questions heading into next year is will he be the No. 1 fantasy pick?

Also lost in the heroics was Chone Figgins leaving early with a sprained wrist. He was replaced by Robb Quinlan at third. The Angels also called up Brandon Wood for bench help with Figgins likely to miss a couple of games.

-- Hunter Pence is back from the DL after missing a month with a wrist injury. So get him back in the lineup as he makes a last push for Rookie of the Year honors. Pence rejoined the team as the Astros lost Jason Jennings for the season with a torn tendon in his elbow. Jennings struggled in his first season in Houston, so now it's completely safe to get him off your roster.

-- Edgar Renteria appears ready to come off the DL today after showing plenty of progress in recovering from a sprained ankle. Some thought he might've been out until early September, but Renteria is ready to resume his resurgent season. That probably means fewer at-bats, though, for rookie Yunel Escobar, who has put up big stats all over the infield this season.

-- And congratulations to Arizona's Mark Reynolds for tying a major league record with strikeouts in nine straight at-bats before being hit by a pitch Tuesday. He's definitely a streaky hitter because just before that streak, he had gone 12-for-22 with three homers and seven RBIs in a five-game stretch last week. And now he's hitless in his last four games.
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