Must or Bust? Andres Torres Is Torrid, R.A. Dickey Is RAD, Plus More!
A quick look at the past week's least owned and most productive. Everything from the hitting streaks of Chris Johnson & Raul Ibanez to Anibal Sanchez's one-hitter. Can these guys keep it up?
Andres Torres (48% owned)
5 R / 1 HR / 4 RBI / 2 SB / .367
Torres has been torrid in the past month. He's batting .317 with 23 R, seven HR, and 20 RBI. Not to mention the five steals. From Huff to Posey to Torres, the Giants have some hot hitters as of late.
Juan Pierre (43% owned)
7 R / 5 RBI / 4 SB / .440
In what world does the leader in stolen bases, only owned in less than half the leagues? (its a rhetorical question if you didn't figure that out). Pierre can hands down win you this category every week, so besides his low average he should be on your team.
Danny Valencia (5% owned)
5 R / 1 HR / 7 RBI / .565
Since being called up and owning third base for Minnesota, Valencia has batted a sweet .384. Nicknamed "The Franchise", Valencia became the first Twins rookie this week to have back to back four-hit games.
Chris Johnson (8% owned)
3 R / 2 HR / 5 RBI / 1 SB / .500
The hot bat of Johnson is on a 14-game hitting streak. His power has finally found its way into the majors too, hitting four homers in the past 11 games.
Matt Joyce (1% owned)
3 R / 3 HR / 10 RBI / .261
It's hard not to join in the fun when playing for a good team. In the past fifteen games, Joyce has increased his average from .175 to .232.
Raul Ibanez (59% owned)
5 R / 2 HR / 5 RBI / .435
Ibanez has been on the top of his game for the past four years so this year was a bit of a surprise to fantasy owners with a poor first half of play. He has picked up recently with a ten-game hitting streak and three homers in that span. At 59% owned, there is a chance Ibanez is on the waiver wire in lighter leagues.
Kevin Slowey (57% owned)
14 IP / 2 W / 7 K / 0.64 ERA / 0.64 WHIP
Total season numbers aren't anything to brag about but the past two games have been gems – although against two of the worst teams in the league, Baltimore and Seattle. One amazing stat though is that Slowey hasn't walked more than one batter in a game in the past 16 starts.
R.A. Dickey (32% owned)
14 IP / 1 W / 8 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.57 WHIP
Although Dickey has struggled to get a win in the past seven starts (1-4, 2 no decisions), his ERA is only a measly 2.33. At least we know its not Dickey's fault for the dreadful 9-17 record in July.
Anibal Sanchez (23% owned)
9 IP / 1 W / 8 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.22 WHIP
In Thursdays game against the Giants, Sanchez was one walk and one hit away from a perfect game. This was Anibal's only win in the month of July for five starts though. Hopefully this will lead into a strong August.
Brett Myers (44% owned)
9 IP / 1 W / 12 K / 1.00 ERA / 0.56 WHIP
Myers manhandled the Cubs, pitching a complete game four-hitter while striking out 12. Myers seems to like the heat and has dominated teams in July. In those five games Brett has a 1.69 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and averaged 7.5 K/9.
Josh Tomlin (3% owned)
12.1 IP / 1 W / 7 K / 1.46 ERA / 0.73 WHIP
In his second career start, Tomlin picked right back up from where he started in his dominance over the Yankees. Josh has only allowed one run in both games. Now don't get too excited, Tomlin is in no way supposed to be this good. As of right now he is a lucky rookie, trying to make an impression but I do wonder how he amounted a 51-24 minor league record…
Brad Mills (0% owned)
7 IP / 1 W / 4 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.71 WHIP
In his first start of the season, Mills destroyed Baltimore (shocker!) and only gave up two hits over seven innings. I'd like to see him pitch well against a better team before deciding if he'll stay in the majors.
Miguel Batista (0% owned)
7.1 IP / 1 W / 6 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.95 WHIP
Reliever Miguel Batista had the honor to fill in for rookie phenom, Stephen Strasburg (jeez… no pressure or anything). Well fill in he did, pitching five innings of scoreless ball, allowing only three hits and striking out six. Unfortunately its only a nice story, seeing as how he has given up 25 runs in only 56 innings.
Article written by Evan Marx exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com . That's right, exclusively... I ain't no cheating man.
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