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 – Johnny Damon – New York Yankees – .419 BA, 13 H, 7 R, 4 Doubles, 5 HR, 15 RBI
Damon has been on fire for the Yankees as of late. He hit five home runs and had 15 RBI’s last week, upping his season totals to nine and 25. He is showing his power and we know he has the speed to steal 20+, so go ahead and keep him in your lineup, especially hitting in front of A-Rod and Big Tex.
SS – Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – .533 BA, 16 H, 11 R, 2 Doubles, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB
Here’s the Hanley that we Marlins fans know and love. He finally snapped out of his slump and slugged four home runs last week. Plus, he stole three bases. He is finally showing why he was the number one overall fantasy pick and should obviously be active in all leagues.
OF – Jason Bay – Boston Red Sox – .379 BA, 11 H, 9 R, 3 Doubles, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 1 SB
Don’t the Red Sox look like geniuses now? They traded the now suspended Manny Ramirez for the way under-rated Jason Bay and all he’s done is hit .324 with nine home runs and 34 RBI, with four of those homers coming last week. Bay is raking right now and should continue to do so, so make sure he is always active.
SP – Joe Saunders – Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim – 15.7 IP, 1 CG, 2 W, 2 ER, 13 K
With John Lackey, Ervin Santana, and Kelvim Escobar all on the DL, the Angels needed someone to step up and they sure have that someone in Saunders. He has been on fire lately, winning four of his last five starts.
Last week, he pitched a complete game shutout with six strikeouts. Keep him active as long as he’s hot.
SP – Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals – 17 IP, 2 CG, 1 W, 1 L, 1 ER, 15 K
Even though Greinke lost his first game of the season, he still deserves to be on this list. That loss came in a 1-0 game where he pitched a complete game four hitter and he still struck out five and didn’t walk anyone.
Plus, that came after he pitched another complete game shutout, striking out 10. He has been the best pitcher in baseball to start the year and should be active in all formats.
SP – Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – 9 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 0 ER, 11 K
As TMR would say, I have a serious man crush on this guy. As many of you may have read, I have been all over Verlander since the start of the season, and he has done nothing but prove me right.
He is 3-0 in his last three starts with 31 strikeouts to only five walks and only one earned run in 23 innings. He remains a must start in all leagues.
SP – Phil Hughes – New York Yankees – 5.7 IP, 2 L, 2 K, 6 BB, 15 HA, 11 ER
Ouch! This hurts. Hughes started out great in his first start, but in his next two he seriously faltered. He allowed 11 runs in just five and two thirds innings in two starts. He also allowed 15 hits and only struck out two. Keep him on the bench for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets sent back down to the minors when Wang comes back.
SP – Bronson Arroyo – Cincinnati Reds – 1 IP, 1 L, 0 K, 3 BB, 7 HA, 9 ER
This was the ultimate loser game. Arroyo only lasted one inning, but allowed seven hits and an awful nine runs without striking anyone out. He has been shaky all year and is not worth using right now and I would consider dropping him if you find someone better on the waiver wire.
C – Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs – .200 BA, 4 H, 1 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 5 K
Here’s a guy who is caught in a bad slump to start the year. The reigning NL Rookie Of The Year has yet to hit a home run and has only four RBI. It’s not time to panic, but I would definitely keep him on the bench until he starts to hit again.
3B/C – Brandon Inge – Detroit Tigers – .143 BA, 3 H, 1 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 9 K
Here’s a guy who started out red hot, but has since cooled off. Inge was marred in a one for 14 slump until he got to Cleveland, where he went three for 10. He hasn’t hit a home run since May 3, but I wouldn’t panic yet.
He is in a potent lineup and has eight home runs on the season. With his catcher eligibility, keep him active and he should start hitting again.
3B/2B – Emilio Bonifacio – Florida Marlins – .222 BA, 6 H, 3 R, 1 Double, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 K, 0 SB, 3 CS
OK, I am officially labeling this guy an early season bust. He was hot to start the season, but has been horrible since. He was caught stealing three times last week and hasn’t successfully stolen a base since Apr. 28.
You can feel free to drop him, but if you need speed, keep him on your bench.
Waiver Wire Wonders
OF – Juan Pierre – Los Angeles Dodgers – .474 BA, 9 H, 4 R, 3 Doubles, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB, 2 CS
This guy benefits so much from that Manny Ramirez suspension that it’s not even funny. Pierre was buried on the bench, but now looks like a star again. He will play almost every day and is hitting leadoff. He is available in most leagues and should get you 30+ stolen bases, so go ahead and grab him.
1B – Todd Helton – Colorado Rockies – .407 BA, 11 H, 5 R, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Helton has been hot pretty much all year and is proving that he is fully recovered from his injuries. He hit .407 last week and has a .343 batting average on the season. If you need average help, go ahead and grab him and slide him into your utility spot.
SP – Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants – 6 IP, 1 W, 5 K, 2 BB, 8 HA, 1 ER
Here’s a resurgence of a once great pitcher. Zito was once a Cy Young winner, but has been a bust since signing with San Francisco.
However, he has been very good recently, going 1-0 in his last four starts, but he should have won at least two of those games where he didn’t allow a run but got no run support. He is still available so go ahead and snatch him up and enjoy a possible 12-win season.
That’s all for now sports fans. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.