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Whether you drafted a Victor Martinez or Rafael Furcal. Maybe you thought Andruw Jones was really worth the 14.7 million he's being paid? Or you're a lifelong Yankee fan who just knew Jorge Posada was going to best his career season of yesteryear and hit .340+ with 25 round-trippers and 100 RBI? Whatever the case, I've dug and dug deep for a line-up strictly made of waiver wire acquisitions who are ready to help you through the most important part of the season.
Batting 1st - 2B/OF Alexei Ramirez - I like him in the lead-off spot. The #1 reason is he seems to catch a lot of people by surprise. Many are unaware that he was a product of the Cuban national team. With a nickname like "Cuban Missile," what's not to like?
Following the "Cuban Missile" - 1B/2B/OF Jeff Baker - A career .304 minor league hitter, he's now translating that production into major league success high atop the Rockies. The Rockies are 20-12 when this guy scores at least one-run. Do you think it's any coincidence that he's earned the starting job at second base?
Following the Rockies 'favorite' Baker - OF Adam Lind - He's got a 6-game hitting streak going and the Toronto Blue Jays are 5-1 during the stretch. Better yet, the sub .500 Blue Jays are 16-11 since calling him up to permanent major league duties June 22nd. If you want your team to turn into a winner, you might want to seriously think about adding Lind. Count on 100 RBI+ next year when he plays his first full season.
Following Adam "North of the Border" Lind - 1B Chris Davis - If you want someone who not only has the size to pass for an NFL linebacker but can hit as many home runs in a season as Hank Aaron. This is your man, there's not much more to say.
Following Chris "Don't confuse me with Chili" Davis [in the Texas Heat] - 3B Hank Blalock - A fellow Texas Ranger and some veteran support for the rookie clean-up bat. Just because he had a rib removed doesn't mean the guy doesn't still have 30 HR/100 RBI potential, or does it?
Following Hank "will he stay in Texas as the trade deadline approaches?" Blalock - 1B Adam LaRoche - AKA Mr. 2nd-half. In the past 2 seasons he's raised his batting average 33 and 34 points after the all-star break. At .265 currently, you've still got a solid 20 points to benefit from, and besides he'll have to pick up the extra slack that Xavier "damn Yankee" Nady left behind!
Following Adam "Mr 2nd Half" LaRoche - 2B/SS Mike Aviles - How many people do you know who have the ability to hit .300 and play a steady hand at shortstop? If you don't know about him, you might want to get to, he could very well be Kansas City's best hitter. After torching triple-A with a .336 batting average, the Royals had no other option but to call him up. If you need a shortstop, you, like the Royals, have no other better option. Give Mike Aviles a call.
Following Mike "who's Derek Jeter" Aviles - 3B/OF Chase Headley - I've got him in the #8 hole. Although he has incredible patience at the plate as shown by having an on base percentage combined over the past two seasons in AA/AAA solidly over .400, it hasn't yet translated into his short major-league career. Through 43 career major-league games, he has the same batting average as Evan Longoria did at .252. Have some patience with him, and like Longoria did, he'll start hitting some hot streaks just in time to help you win your fantasy baseball championship.
Rounding out the order - C Ramon Hernandez - Perhaps the Rodney Dangerfield of the whole bunch. Let's call him Ramon "I get no respect!" Hernandez. Over the past month in 78 at bats, he hit 6 home runs and drove in 16 RBI. Could you imagine those numbers replicated over an entire season, it shows that when Ramon puts his head down and concentrates, he has the potential to put up the type of run producing numbers that those who are without Jorge Posada are in deep search of. It's no wonder that Ramon Hernandez has been involved in Yankee trade rumors.
And tonight's starting line-up for the visiting Free Agent Follies
1. CF Alexei Ramirez
2. 2B Jeff Baker
3. RF Adam Lind
4. DH Chris Davis
5. 3B Hank Blalock
6. 1B Adam LaRoche
7. SS Mike Aviles
8. LF Chase Headley
9. C Ramon Hernandez
The author of this article manages 7 fantasy baseball teams currently with 4 in 1st, 2 in 2nd, and 1 in 4th.
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