Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin heads into the All-Star break with three multi-home run games in the past week, including Sunday's pair against the Kansas City Royals. Quentin has 19 home runs and 61 RBIs for the season. Thanks in part to his recent hot streak, 14 of the home runs and 35 of the RBIs have come since June 1, in the past 33 games.
Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs staff ace Carlos Silva -- hey, the numbers don't lie -- suffered his worst outing of the season Sunday night in Los Angeles, giving up six runs while retiring only four hitters. Call it a bad night for Silva, who also was ejected; he hadn't allowed more than three runs in a start since May 7.
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San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner won both his starts this past week, including Sunday's decision in Washington. Bumgarner didn't walk any Nationals, and for the week he allowed one run in 14 innings. He's a mature 20 years old and still available in 85 percent of ESPN mixed formats.
Minnesota Twins right-hander Carl Pavano won his 10th game of the season Sunday, permitting three runs in 7 2/3 innings. Pavano threw 79 of 104 pitches for strikes, and is well on his way to the second-best season of his oft-maligned career, with a 3.58 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, the latter stat ranking third in the AL.
Few top-100 players from draft day have struggled like Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill. Sunday's home run was Hill's 12th, a year after he mashed 36. Hill entered 2010 a career .285 hitter, and he's currently at .189. With health, he should bounce back with a strong second half.
San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera is another middle infield disappointment, but hopefully his first home run of the season Sunday gets his bat going. Cabrera, who entered Sunday hitting .087 in July, last stole a base May 23. Like Hill, he's talented, and there's really nowhere to go but up. Buy low.