- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Los Angeles Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson allowed seven runs (six earned) in five innings Thursday, perhaps forgotten in a wildly entertaining 14-13 extra-inning game in which there were 38 hits and the respective closers combined to allow seven runs on nine hits and each had blown saves. Wilson remains winless in 11 starts, and 100 percent owned, and in four of five August outings he's permitted six or more runs. It's tough to drop a guy with his track record and potential, but even his most ardent supporters have to bench him until he turns things around.
Meanwhile, Angels outfielder Vernon Wells homered, doubled and knocked in three runs Thursday, and while he's certainly frustrated fantasy owners on occasion as well, he did hit 56 home runs the past two seasons. Wells has little else to offer fantasy owners, but with Peter Bourjos on the DL, and Albert Pujols day to day, Wells should see short-term playing time in left field. Those in deep formats craving power should at least consider him.
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb spun a four-hit shutout against Oakland Thursday, striking out eight. Cobb bounced back from his last outing, when he was ripped for eight runs on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings. In his past five outings, that was the only one in which Cobb allowed more than one run. Let's assume the eight-run debacle was the aberration, and Cobb should be more popular, even as he's scheduled to pitch in Texas next week.
New York Mets right-hander Collin McHugh tossed seven scoreless innings in his big league debut Thursday, allowing two hits, one walk and striking out nine Rockies. McHugh took the rotation spot of lefty Johan Santana, who has been shut down for the season. McHugh is not known as a particularly strong prospect, despite reasonable minor league stats the past two years, and it's premature for fantasy owners to invest.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera left Thursday's game early with a sore ankle, but doesn't expect to miss much, if any, time. That's great news for scared fantasy owners, as Cabrera is fourth overall on the ESPN Player Rater and certainly a candidate for at least that spot in 2013 drafts. If Cabrera needs to DH a few games, that likely would affect Delmon Young, who is hitting .297 in August.
Eric Karabell looks at the fantasy-noteworthy performances from Thursday's games, including another rough outing for C.J. Wilson.