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!
SP – Chad Gaudin – San Diego Padres – 15 IP, 2 W, 20 K, 3 BB, 5 HA, 2 ER
Gaudin was nearly un-hittable this week. He started two games and only allowed five hits in 15 innings. He also struck out 20 to just three walks in that time. He is 3-3 in his last seven games and has looked great in some of those, but also looked terrible in others. He has only walked five in the last three games and is starting to look like a possible waiver wire wonder, but not yet.
SP – Aaron Cook – Colorado Rockies – 15 IP, 2 W, 8 K, 3 BB, 12 HA, 2 ER
Cook has found his stride and his 5-1 June record shows that. He has pitched six or more innings in every June start and has only walked seven in those six games (42 total innings). He is now 8-3 on the year and is looking like and every week must start.
SP – Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves – 11.3 IP, 2 W, 6 K, 7 BB, 6 HA, 0 ER
This kid is Gold! He beat both the Red Sox and Yankees this week and hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 17.3 innings. He is now 4-0 in five starts and has a 2.48 ERA. This kid looks to be for real and should be started while he’s hot in all formats.
SP – Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals – 14.3 IP, 2 W, 8 K, 0 BB, 15 HA, 3 ER
Greinke continued his fantastic start this week, winning both starts. He showed excellent control, not walking a batter in either game, while striking out eight. He is now 10-3 on the year with a miniscule 1.95 ERA. He has 114 strikeouts to just 18 walks and looks to be right back on track after two losses in his previous four starts. He remains a must start fantasy ace.
RP – Joe Nathan – Minnesota Twins – 3.3 IP, 3 SV, 7 K, 0 BB, 1 HA, 0 ER
This must start fantasy closer hasn’t allowed an earned run since May 15 and has 10 saves this month, three this week. He should be in your lineup at all times.
RP – Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees – 3 IP, 3 SV, 6 K, 0 BB, 1 HA, 0 ER
Congrats to Mo, as he saved his 500th game on Sunday. He has been his usual lights out self this year, saving 18 games and has only allowed four earned runs this month. He is also a must start fantasy closer.
RP – Huston Street – Colorado Rockies – 3 IP, 3 SV, 4 K, 1 BB, 2 HA, 0 ER
This guy is on fire. Street has 11 saves this month and has lowered his ERA from 3.22 to 2.91 in that span. The Rockies have been hot lately and Street has reaped the rewards. Continue to start him while the team is hot.
SS – Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – .385 BA, 10 H, 5 R, 3 Doubles, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 SB. 1 CS
This is the number one fantasy pick we all wanted to see. Hanley hit three home runs this week and two of them were Grand Slams. Right there is eight of his 15 RBI for the week. He now has 12 home runs, 51 RBI, and 11 stolen bases on the year to go along with his .333 batting average. Obviously, he is a must start fantasy player at all times.
OF – Jermaine Dye – Chicago White Sox – .500 BA, 12 H, 4 R, 4 Doubles, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Dye was red hot this week. He had six straight two hit games and hit .500 this week. He raised his season average to .287 and has 18 home runs and 45 RBI. He should be started in all formats, especially while he’s hot.
OF – Ichiro Suzuki – Seattle Mariners – .500 BA, 14 H, 8 R, 2 Doubles, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
All this guy does is hit. Ichiro is now hitting .372 on the year and has an 11 game hitting streak going right now. He will start to steal more bases soon and should be started at all times.
3B – Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – .368 BA, 7 H, 5 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 9 BB, 2 K
A-Rod is back with a vengeance. He started slow, but caught fire this week, with seven hits in 19 at-bats with nine walks and nine RBI. He has a five game hit streak going and has raised his average to .232 in that span. A-Rod is obviously a must start and looks to be turning it around.
2B – Aaron Hill – Toronto Blue Jays – .346 BA, 9 H, 7 R, 3 Doubles, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB
Looks like this guy’s hot start was no fluke. Hill has kept on hitting, with a .305 average to go with his 19 home runs and 56 RBI. He came out of nowhere this year and looks to be becoming a top tier fantasy second baseman. Start him with full confidence while he’s hot.
OF – Colby Rasmus – St. Louis Cardinals – .118 BA, 2 H, 1 R, 1 Double, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 SB
This doesn’t help the rookie’s case for At-bats in a crowded outfield now. Rasmus started hot, but has since cooled off and is in a two for 25 slump right now. With Ryan Ludwick and Rick Ankiel back from injury and the acquisition of Mark DeRosa, who can play in the outfield, Rasmus will most likely lose playing time. Don’t drop him, but stash him on the bench as he could still have something to offer and could be a sleeper as a keeper next year, depending on what they do with Ludwick.
1B – Nick Johnson – Washington Nationals – .000 BA, 0 H, 2 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 SB
Johnson was hit in the shin on Thursday and missed Saturday’s game, but still failed to record a hit in 17 at-bats this week. He still has a .300 average on the year and is still useful despite a bad June. Don’t drop him or bench him just yet, but watch and see if he starts hitting again.
SS – Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies – .000 BA, 0 H, 1 R, 0 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 SB
Rollins has been in such a slump recently that the Philles decided to bench him on Wednesday and he hasn’t played since. However, he should be back in the lineup Tuesday and in no way should he be benched or dropped as he will eventually turn it around and return to his MVP type numbers.
OF – Jose Guillen – Kansas City Royals – .192 BA, 5 H, 3 R, 2 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 SB
Guillen has yet to really break out this season, but even during a bad week, still hits two doubles. He has the potential to hit 20 home runs and is hitting .257 on the year, so don’t lose all hope yet, but keep him stashed on the bench until he breaks out.
SP – Derek Lowe – Atlanta Braves – 3 IP, 1 L, 0 K, 3 BB, 11 HA, 6 ER
This is a bit troublesome. Lowe got off to such a great start only to have this terrible three game stretch where he has gone three or less innings twice and allowed seven or more hits in each game. He is 7-6 on the year and should be started, but keep an eye on him and possibly bench him soon, but don’t drop him.
SP – Jeff Suppan – Milwaukee Brewers – 10.7 IP, 2 L, 6 K, 5 BB, 18 HA, 9 ER
Suppan has been as off and on as a guy can be. He is 5-6 on the year and 2-2 in his last six games. This week, he was off, allowing nine runs and 18 hits in 10.7 innings, during two starts. He has a good lineup behind him and won 12 games in 2007 and 10 games last year, so he could do it again. Keep him stashed on the bench until he starts pitching well again.
RP – Joel Zumaya – Detroit Tigers – 2.7 IP, 1 L, 2 BSV, 4 K, 3 BB, 4 HA, 4 ER
Zumaya has been shaky recently, allowing five runs in his last four innings. However, you can never go wrong with a guy who can throw a 102-mile per hour fastball and has 25 strikeouts in 25 innings. He isn’t a closer, so he doesn’t have a lot of fantasy value, but if you own him, keep him stashed on the bench as he could steal some saves from Fernando Rodney.
SP – Todd Wellemeyer – St. Louis Cardinals – 8 IP, 1 L, 4 K, 8 BB, 14 HA, 8 ER
Did anyone actually think that Todd Wellemeyer was for real last year when he won 13 games? I hope not. Wellemeyer is 6-7 this year with a 5.68 ERA and a 1-3 record in June. He plays for a good St. Louis team with a potent lineup, so he could win 10-12 games, but his ERA will hover around five for the rest of the year. If you actually have him, keep him benched unless you don’t have any better options.
OF – Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates – .174 BA, 4 H, 3 R, 1 Double, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 SB
Four weeks in a row! This guy must be for real! The trade of Nate McLouth made room for the Pirates to bring up their highly touted prospect and he has started off hot. While he didn’t have his best week this past week, he is starting everyday in center field and has 18 RBI and four stolen bases to go along with a .297 batting average in just 101 at-bats.
He is a bit less available, now being owned in 43.3 percent of ESPN leagues (up 11.6 percent from a week ago). It looks like people are listening to me and picking up on this kid.
SP – John Smoltz – Boston Red Sox – 5 IP, 0 W, 1 L, 5 K, 1 BB, 7 HA, 5 ER
Heee’s baaack! Smoltz made his first start on Thursday against Washington and besides the disaster in the first inning, he wasn’t that bad. He still has the same nasty stuff that he had before going on the DL last year, striking out five and showed good control only walking one.
He could be good for 10 wins, especially with that lineup behind him. He is only owned in 31.1 percent of ESPN leagues (up six percent from last week), so go ahead and grab him and enjoy the wins and strikeouts.
SP – Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves – 11.3 IP, 2 W, 6 K, 7 BB, 6 HA, 0 ER
This kid is Gold! He beat both the Red Sox and Yankees this week and hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 17.3 innings. He is now 4-0 in five starts and has a 2.48 ERA. This kid looks to be for real and is available, only being owned in 39.7 percent of ESPN leagues. Grab him now and watch for him to be your possible keeper for next year.
OF – Scott Podsednik – Chicago White Sox – .286 BA, 8 H, 3 R, 1 Double, 0 Triples, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 SB, 2 CS
Scotty Pods is back in a starting role and is producing like the days of old. He is hitting .314 with 20 RBI and 11 stolen bases for the White Sox. He is only owned in 19 percent of ESPN leagues, so he is available if you need some speed or to add some points to your team batting average.
3B/2B – Casey McGehee – Milwaukee Brewers – .286 BA, 6 H, 3 R, 3 Doubles, 0 Triples, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
Who’s this kid? McGehee has stepped into a starting role in Milwaukee, either playing second or third base and has been hitting well. He has a .336 batting average with four home runs and 17 RBI in just 107 at-bats. If he keeps hitting this well, he will stay in the lineup. He is owned in 9.5 percent of ESPN leagues, but is going fast as that is up 7.7 percent from last week.
That’s all for now, sports fans. Any questions or concerns, e-mail me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.