Fantasy Baseball: Can Colby Rasmus Stay Hot?

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 10: Colby Rasmus #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a home run run against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 10, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJune 15, 2012

Colby Rasmus has been swinging a pretty big stick since May 20th, slugging six of his nine home runs during that 22 game span. He has also collected 15 of his 29 RBI and scored 16 of his 29 runs. Perhaps more importantly he’s hitting .311 over that stretch. Can he keep it up?

Rasmus has had plenty of promise over the years, along with mixed results. In 2010 he hit 23 home runs in 464 at-bats, but was dealt to the Blue Jays the following year. He was hitting just .246 with the Cardinals, but went into a tail spin with the Jays, hitting .173 to drag his season average down to .225.

Rasmus started off the season struggling with a .203 average before sitting out a game on May 19th. In those 40 games he scored just 13 runs, hit just three home runs and drove in 14 RBI. In his hot stretch  he has basically equalled the counting numbers in half the amount of time.

He has surprisingly struggled at home hitting .227 with a .688 OPS (vs. .277, .845 on the road). He struggled mightily there last year (.125, .364 in 64 at bats). Even during his hot streak, he’s still just hitting .243.

At this point, he is a player to use when the Blue Jays are playing at home and facing a right-handed pitcher, as he has struggled to the tune of a .167 average and a .522 OPS against southpaws.

Rasmus is owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues. If you need outfield help, he’s a player to consider.


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