Fantasy Baseball Week Six Winners, Losers, and Waiver Wire Wonders

The SportmeistersAnalyst IMay 19, 2009

MILWAUKEE - MAY 14: Trevor Hoffman #51 of the Milwaukee Brewers prepares to throw in the 9th inning against the Florida Marlins on May 14, 2009 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Marlins 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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!



C – Victor Martinez – Cleveland Indians – .519 BA, 14 H, 9 R, 2 Doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB

So, who said that Martinez was finished? Not me! I had V-Mart ranked fourth on my preseason rankings list and he will most likely be higher when I re-do those rankings this week. He has started the season hitting a league leading .401 with seven home runs and 26 RBI. At such a thin position, he is a must start at all times.


OF – Raul Ibanez – Philadelphia Phillies – .482 BA, 13 H, 9 R, 1 Double, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SB

What a year this guy is having. Coming over from the AL, Ibanez is hitting .357 with 13 home runs (three of those came on Saturday in a double header) and 35 RBI for Philadelphia and has replaced Pat Burrell perfectly. As long as he keeps hitting, start him, especially hitting behind Rollins, Utley, and Howard.


OF – Juan Pierre – Los Angeles Dodgers – .407 BA, 11 H, 7 R, 4 Doubles, 1 Triple, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SB

The big winner of the Manny Ramirez suspension was a big winner this week. He stepped into the leadoff spot and stole four bases. Pierre will continue to hit leadoff and should steal more bases so keep him active.


SP – Roy Halladay – Toronto Blue Jays – 16 IP, 1 CG, 2 W, 2 ER, 13 K

“Doc” Halladay was a beast last week, pitching a complete game and striking out 13. Halladay is proving to be the ace that everyone knew he was starting 8-1 with an ERA under three. Keep him active at all times.


RP – Trevor Hoffman – Milwaukee Brewers – 4 IP, 4 SV, 0 ER, 2 K

Hells Bells is back! Whoever said Hoffman was washed up was dead wrong. Hoffman has yet to allow a run in 10 innings and has only allowed three hits and has yet to walk a batter. He recorded four saves last week and should rack up yet another 30+ save season, so keep him active.



RP – Brandon Morrow – Seattle Mariners – 0.7 IP, 2 L, 2 BS, 0 K, 1 BB, 5 HA, 5 ER

Talk about a serious loser. Not only did Morrow allow five runs in less than one inning, he lost his closer’s job to David Aardsma. Morrow was unable to close out two different games and didn’t record a strikeout in either game.

He will eventually regain the closer’s job, as Aardsma doesn’t have the same stuff, so go ahead and stash him on your bench until he is useful again.


SP – Gavin Floyd – Chicago White Sox – 10 IP, 2 L, 7 K, 5 BB, 18 HA, 14 ER

Floyd was awful last week, allowing 14 runs and 18 hits in his two losses. He hasn’t been good in his other starts either. He is now 2-4 on the season with an ERA over seven. I wouldn’t drop him yet though, as he has a potent lineup behind him and could get hot and win 12-15 games.


3B – Mike Lowell – Boston Red Sox – .167 BA, 4 H, 1 R, 1 Double, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K

OK, big deal; Lowell had a bad week. No time to panic however, as he is still hitting .289 with 28 RBI’s. He is in a strong lineup and will start hitting again, so keep him active and don’t panic from one bad week.


SS – Rafael Furcal – Los Angeles Dodgers – .167 BA, 4 H, 2 R, 1 Double, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 SB, 1 CS

This guy, however, it may be time to panic with. Furcal has not been the player we thought he would be to start the season and this past week has done nothing to change that. He is hitting a mere .233 and only has three stolen bases.

Plus, Juan Pierre has bumped him out of the leadoff spot. Don’t drop him yet, but watch closely.


Waiver Wire Wonders

OF – Juan Pierre – Los Angeles Dodgers – .407 BA, 11 H, 7 R, 4 Doubles, 1 Triple, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SB

This is the second week that I have Pierre on this list. This guy benefits so much from that Manny Ramirez suspension 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, while you can.


SP – Matt Palmer – Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim – 9 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 8 K, 2 BB, 5 HA, 4 ER

This guy has been perfect on the season so far, going 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA. He pitches for a good Angels team and could be a 15-game winner if he keeps this up. He is available, only being owned in five percent of ESPN leagues, so if you need a pitcher, snatch him up.


RP – David Aardsma – Seattle Mariners – 4.3 IP, 1 W, 1 SV, 4 K, 3 BB, 3 HA, 0 ER

The new Mariners closer started out good with a win and a save last week. He now has four saves on the year and an ERA of 1.45. If you need some saves, go ahead and take a chance on him, but watch out for Brandon Morrow to eventually take his job back.


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