Everyone is concentrating on which teams are buying or selling. But these guys were concentrating on hurting the baseball and sending the pitcher back to the bullpen in tears.
Luke Scott, Jim Edmonds and Jack Cust surprised everyone with outstanding production last week. Hot Streak regulars like Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre, and Miguel Cabrera didn’t let us forget why they are All-Stars.
1) OF Luke Scott Bal
The Orioles outfielder surprisingly went 13-for-27, 6 R, 4 HR, 7 XBH, 8 RBI, and put the cherry on top last week with a .481 AVG.
No one knew who Luke Scott was until last week. He had fantastic numbers and helped the Orioles line-up. Baltimore fans must be excited about having more than just the return of Roberts to the roster to be happy about.
Scott was the hottest pick-up off waivers this week. He had a 37 percent increase in fantasy ownership with his recent production.
He is currently hitting .296 with 16 home runs with 38 RBI for the season.
2) OF Jim Edmonds Mil
The Brewers outfielder went 8-for-17, 5 R, 3 HR, 5 XBH, 7 RBI, 2 BB, and capped off last week with a .471 AVG.
Edmonds had a fantastic week but saw only a slight increase in fantasy ownership
He is likely playing the last nine weeks of his career. He is 40 years old and has been battling an Achilles issue for few days but he will continue to play.
He is currently hitting .286 with seven home runs with 19 RBI for the season.
3) OF Jack Cust Oak
The Athletics outfielder went 7-for-17, 6 R, 3 HR, 6 XBH, 7 RBI, 7 BB, and a .412 AVG last week.
He hit two home runs on Saturday with three passes to first.
His fantasy ownership rose 13 percent from nearly no ownership. Basically nobody had Jack Cust on their radar until last week. He would be a nice pick-up as it looks like he will be playing more regularly.
He is currently hitting .300 with eight home runs with 29 RBI for the season.
4) 3B Chris Johnson Hou
The Astros outfielder went 10-for-23, 6 R, 3 HR, 4 XBH, 7 RBI, 1 BB, and finished last week with a .435 AVG.
Johnson had a slight increase in fantasy ownership.
If he continues his top notch production he may earn himself a trade out of Houston like Oswalt.
He is currently hitting .309 with three home runs for the season.
5) 1B Miguel Cabrera Det
The MVP candidate went 14-for-26, 5 R, 2 HR, 8 XBH, 9 RBI, 2 BB, with a .500 AVG last week.
The Tigers are still in the race to make the playoffs. Cabrera needs them to play in October to assist in obtaining the MVP trophy.
He is currently hitting .350 with 24 home runs and 88 RBI for the season.
6) OF Delmon Young Min
The Twins outfielder went 14-for-31, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 XBH, 11 RBI, and finished last week with a .452 AVG.
Young had a 6 percent increase in fantasy ownership with his recent streak.
He is currently hitting .322 with 13 home runs with 74 RBI for the season.
7) OF Josh Hamilton Tex
The Rangers’ storied outfielder 13-for-27, 5 R, 1 HR, 5 XBH, 8 RBI, 3 BB, and finished last week with a .481 AVG
Hamilton has been streaking like crazy for the last two months. His contributions last week kept the Texas Rangers in the top three teams in baseball.
He has been a regular on the “Hot Streak Report” and was #1 “Kings of Swing” for June.
He was the top producers in June as he went 49/108, 23 R, 9 HR, 20 XBH, 31 RBI, 5 BB, 3 SB, and a .454 AVG.
He is currently hitting .357 with 23 home runs and 74 RBI as he is nipping at the heels of Cabrera this season.
8) 1B Mark Teixeira NY
The Yankees first baseman went 10-for-23, 10 R, 2 HR, 5 XBH, 8 RBI, 5 BB, and finished last week with a .435 AVG.
He is currently hitting .264 with 20 home runs with 70 RBI for the season.
9) 1B Aubrey Huff SF
The Giants first baseman went 10-for-25, 5 R, 2 HR, 3 XBH, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SB, and finished last week with a .400 AVG
It looks like San Francisco made a good call picking up Huff this season.
He is currently hitting .309 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI for the season. He has already exceeded his projected 15 home runs.
10) OF Jason Heyward Atl
The Braves’ “Chosen One” went 14-for-26, 7 R, 2 XBH, 3 RBI, 5 BB, and finished last week with a .538 AVG
Atlanta’s favorite rookie extended his hit streak to eight games. He has been lacking in power lately however. He has not had a home run in 70 at-bats.
If the Braves make it to the World Series a lot of people will credit Heyward as the X-factor that got them there.
It would be a nice send off for Bobby Cox in his last season as the skipper.
He is currently hitting .276 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI for the season.
Honorable Mentions :
3B Adrian Beltre Bos
The Red Sox third baseman went 11-for-29, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 XBH, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, and finished last week with a .379 AVG
The Red Sox acquisition of Beltre for his glove has paid off more with his bat. He is the reason why the Red Sox hasn’t fallen out of contention.
Beltre was #8 on the Hot Streak Report last week and #3 on the “Kings of Swing” in June.
He had a phenomenal June as he went 38/101, 19 R, 7 HR, 16 XBH, 19 RBI, 7 BB, 0 SB, and a .376 AVG. It looks like July will finish much like last month.
He is currently hitting .332 with 16 home runs with 63 RBI for the season.
OF Nelson Cruz Tex
The Texas outfielder went 12-for-30, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 XBH, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB, and finished last week with a .400 AVG
Cruz has been on a tear and is riding the same wave of success that Hamilton and Young are on.
This could be the year the Rangers win it all. He was #2 on the Hot Streak Report last week.
He is currently hitting .330 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI for the season.