By Derek of The Sportmeisters
Another week of baseball in the books means another winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders blog from the fantasy guru. Keep in mind, the stats I show are the players stats for the week, not on the season. Let’s go!
OF – Carl Crawford – Tampa Bay Rays – .385 BA, 10 H, 5 R, 1 Double, 2 RBI, 7 BB, 11 SB
Another toast for Mr. Crawford! Anyone who steals six bases in one game deserves a toast. That game brought his week total to 11, and 11 stolen bases in one week is damn good, for any league. Plus, he drew seven walks, which is how he got on base to steal. Crawford is a must start in all formats.
SP – Dan Haren – Arizona Diamondbacks – 17 IP, 1 CG, 2 W, 3 ER, 21 K
By all rights, Haren should be 6-0 right now, but his team didn’t give him any run support in his first three starts. Now, the D-Backs are hitting and Haren is still dominating. He has only allowed two earned runs or less in each start and has gone at least six innings.
Haren could be an ace of any pitching staff, but is number two here behind Brandon Webb. He should never be benched and will give you at least 14 wins.
SP – Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – 14 IP, 2 W, 1 ER, 20 K
He’s baack! After two dismal starts, Verlander appears to be settled back in to his 2007 18-6 form. He went seven innings in both starts and struck out a total of 20, while only walking three. Verlander should be started every week and should get you 15-20 wins this year.
1B/3B – Jorge Cantu – Florida Marlins – .346 BA, 9 H, 6 R, 1 Double, 4 HR, 14 RBI
Cantu is proving that last year was no fluke. He hit four home runs this week and drove in 14, which brings his season totals to seven home runs and 25 RBI. Plus, he’s hitting .333, which is pretty good. Keep him in your lineup while he’s hot.
RP – Manny Corpas – Colorado Rockies – 2.3 IP, 2 L, 0 W, 0 SV, 1K, 1 BB, 5 HA, 2 ER
First, he takes the closer’s job from Huston Street. Then, he promptly loses that same job. Now, he is in danger of being sent down to the minors. Not a good stretch for Corpas.
He has allowed six earned runs in his last six-and-one-third innings and has only two strikeouts. He should be benched or even dropped if you have better options available.
SS – J.J. Hardy – Milwaukee Brewers – .111 BA, 2 H, 1 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 K
Here’s a guy who’s really struggling right now. Hardy was given two games off on Friday and Saturday after going zero for his previous 10 At-Bats. He did have a hit on Sunday though.
As I said on the Happy Hour, Hardy is not a fast starter and you should not give up on him so soon. He will rebound and hit 20 or more home runs this season, so be patient.
2B – Brian Roberts – Baltimore Orioles – .115 BA, 3 H, 1 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K, 0 SB
Here’s a guy that just had a bad week. Roberts has been off to a great start, hitting .308 with 19 runs scored and three stolen bases. This bad week should not make you bench him, as he is an elite second baseman. Make sure he is started.
Waiver Wire Wonders
RP – Scott Downs – Toronto Blue Jays – 3 IP, 1 SV, 3 K, 0 ER, 2 HA
Downs has taken over the closer’s role while B.J. Ryan is on the DL and he has done a good job so far. He is three for three in save chances and has only allowed one earned run in 13.7 innings.
He may lose value once Ryan returns, but has pitched so well that he still may get save chances and will pick up some late inning wins. He is owned in 63 percent of all yahoo leagues and 51.6 percent of ESPN leagues, so grab him while you can.
SP – Andy Pettitte – New York Yankees – 5.7 IP, 0 W, 2 K, 4 BB, 9 HA, 5 ER
I bet you are asking yourself why I’m putting a guy who just allowed five earned runs in five innings on my list. Well, I’ll tell you. He plays for the Yankees and has that monster lineup behind him, especially with A-Rod coming back. Besides, this was just one bad start.
He had only allowed three or less runs in his previous four starts and has an overall ERA of 3.82. He also has 18 strikeouts to only 10 walks. He is currently owned in 82 percent of ESPN leagues, but only 56 percent of Yahoo leagues. Grab him while you can and enjoy a 12-win season.
That’s all for now sports fans. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.