It's time again for the hump day look see, a random collection of stats and thoughts to help get you through your fantasy week. the look see will appear every Wednesday evening for the remainder of the season.
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If your roster has been ravaged by injuries lately (like many of mine) there may be some good news coming soon.
Pat Burrell and Jason Bartlett of the Rays are both expected to return within a week, giving some punch to the Rays and fantasy lineups everywhere.
While Burrell is middle of the road, fantasy outfielder Bartlett has been among the best shortstop options in the game so far this season.
Chris Iannetta has returned to the Colorado Rockies, now if only his batting average would do the same. In all seriousness, he has eight home runs so far in 108 at-bats.
If he can even get the average back to the .264 level of last season and stay close to this power pace he could be a solid reserve backstop option going forward.
Ricky Nolasco recently returned from his brief "get it together" trip to the minor leagues. In his first start back with the big boys Nolasco lost, I know, Im shocked too.
Kidding aside, he allowed 10 hits and three walks in seven innings while fanning four and surrendering two earned runs (three total). It could have been better, it could have been worse.
Rich Harden will come off the DL Saturday and face the Minnesota Twins that night. Hopefully he can make it through next week without returning to the disabled list.
Marcus Thames returned to the Tigers lineup this past Saturday after missing seven weeks with an abdominal injury. He's 5-14 with one home run, one RBI and two runs scored since then. He's swinging hard and well, and could provide a little short-term pop while your remaining DL'd outfielders heal up.
The last week has been a good one for Colorado Rockies with middle infield eligibility. Ian Stewart is the No. 1 ranked player in all of Yahoo fantasy baseball over the last seven days, hitting .419 with four bombs and 12 RBIs. Teammate Clint Barmes hasn't been far off the pace with 10 RBIs and a .483 average in that span.
Nobody has struck out more hitters in the last week than….you guessed it, Scott Baker of the Minnesota Twins.
What, you didn't guess Scott Baker? Don't worry, nobody did, but alas he's fanned 18 in the last week while picking two wins.
Before you get overly excited, remember that accounts for half of his 2009 total and that his record now stands at 4-6 with a 5.59 ERA.
Now let's get to the hump day staple, the top 10 hitters and pitchers of the last week in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball.
As always players are listed by rank, according to Yahoo, not me, based on the stat categories in a standard 5X5 roto league. Note that Josh Beckett is the No. 1 pitcher for the second consecutive week. I'm going to mail him a cookie.
Top 10 Hitters of the Last Week:
#1 Ian Stewart, COL - .419, 4 home runs, 12 RBIs, 9 runs, 0 SB
#2 Adam Lind, TOR - .500, 4 home runs, 7 RBIs, 8 runs scored, 0 SB
#3 David Wright, NYM - .647 (11-17), 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 6 runs, 2 SB
#4 Scott Podsednik, CWS - .323, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 6 runs, 4 SB
#5 Andre Ethier, LAD - .435, 4 home runs, 6 RBIs, 5 runs, 0 SB
#6 Prince Fielder, MIL - .500, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, 6 runs, 0 SB
#7 Lyle Overbay, TOR - .455, 2 home runs, 9 RBIs, 6 runs, 0 SB
#8 Hunter Pence, HOU - .391, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 6 runs, 0 SB
#9 Chipper Jones, ATL - .450, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs, 4 runs, 0 SB
#10 Ben Zobrist, TB - .300, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 5 runs, 1 SB
Top 10 Pitchers of the Last Week:
#1 Josh Beckett, BOS - 2 wins, 17 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.51 WHIP, 13.2 IP
#2 Scott Baker, MIN - 2 wins, 18 Ks, 3.00 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 15 IP
#3 Jered Weaver, LAA - 2 wins, 16 Ks, 2.08 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 13 IP
#4 Jeff Niemann, TB - 1 win, 9 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.33 WHIP, 9 IP
#5 Jon Lester, BOS - 1 win, 11 Ks, 1.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP, 9 IP
#6 Ted Lilly, CHC - 1 win, 11 Ks, 0.66 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 13.2 IP
#7 Andrew Bailey, OAK - 3 saves, 6 K’s, 0.00 ERA, 0.40 WHIP, 5 IP
#8 Jonathon Broxton, LAD - 1 W, 2 saves, 8 Ks, 2.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 4 IP
#9 Brad Bergeson, BAL - 1 win, 9 Ks, 1.20 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 15 IP
#10 Johnny Cueto, CIN - 2 wins, 8 Ks, 1.35 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 13.1 IP
Until next time kiddies....
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