Hitter of the Week:
Albert Pujols had not had a good May but he finally showed signs of turning things around this past week. His average wasn’t the best in the league at .364 (8-22), but he tied for the league lead with 4 HR (he had three in one game). He also tied for the league lead with 9 RBI (with David Ortiz and Robinson Cano). Throw in 6 R and the best player in the game did enough to take home the award.
- Jose Reyes – New York Mets – .500 (13-26), 1 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB
- Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies – .421 (8-19), 3 HR, 5 RBI, 9 R, 2 SB
- Alex Rios – Chicago White Sox – .320 (8-25), 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB
- Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers – .615 (8-13), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB Read more
Is Alex Gordon earning the label of Quadruple-A player? Once considered one of the elite players in the game, Gordon has never posted respectable numbers in the major leagues. He’s gotten a total of 1,231 AB since making his debut in 2007 and compiled a .249 average to go along with 38 HR.
Simply put, he’s been bad. There’s just no other way to describe it.
Now back at Triple-A, it’s like night and day. Just look at his line:
85 At Bats
.376 Batting Average (32 Hits)
7 Home Runs
3 Stolen Bases
.518 On Base Percentage
.718 Slugging Percentage
.446 Batting Average on Balls in Play
We all know the BABIP is not a believable number, so take the average with a grain of salt. He’s not going to hit at that type of level in the major leagues and we all know it. Read more
Here’s some of the important news you need to know before finalizing your fantasy line-ups for the week:
- Nelson Cruz is headed back to the DL with a strained hamstring. That opens up regular playing time for David Murphy, though he’s not really worth picking up at this point with his .252, 2 HR, 15 RBI line. While Julio Borbon could see extra time as well (instead of sitting against lefties), does anyone really care? He hasn’t run nearly enough to justify using at this point (unless you are desperate in five-outfielder formats, as he does have the potential to post a big game at any time). The only other potential option is Vladimir Guerrero seeing more time in the field. That is likely music to the ears of fantasy owners if you are still waiting for him to gain OF eligibility.
- Dexter Fowler has been demoted to the minor leagues. It makes sense, since he wasn’t seeing regular playing time due to the depth in the Rockies outfield. Seth Smith is the big winner, as he should be in the lineup against every right-handed pitcher at this point. Against righties he’s hitting .282 with 8 HR and 19 RBI on the year. In his last five appearances he’s gone 6-14 with 3 HR, 6 RBI and 5 R. Needless to say, if you are in need of an outfielder for the upcoming week, he’s certainly worth owning. Read more
Albert Pujols finally erupted. The talk of Max Scherzer fixing his mechanics in the minor leagues certainly looked legit. Buster Posey appears to belong in the middle of the Giants order. Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games:
- Mark Teixeira (2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R) - Is this the beginning of something for him? Generally just slow in April, Teixeira just hasn’t gotten going quite yet. He has scored runs in four straight, but this was his first home run and multi-RBI game since May 15. We wall know a hot streak is coming, so all you can do is stay patient and hope this is it.
- Lyle Overbay (2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R) - He’s not hit three home runs over his last two games. That isn’t likely to continue, but he should continue raising his average (currently at .211). If you are desperate for a corner infielder (and you may be with Kendry Morales’ injury), as I said yesterday an Overbay hot streak could make him usable in the short-term (click here for the article).
- Albert Pujols (3-3, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R) - We all knew that a day like this was there, just waiting to bust out off his bat. Finally, right? It was a great day from the best player in the game.
- Jason Heyward (2-5, 2 RBI) - Hitting third for just the third time this season, Heyward continues to thrive in the major leagues. There’s a good chance that he settles into this lineup spot for good, which certainly would be music to fantasy owners ears. Read more
It’s time to look at the potential two-start options for the upcoming fantasy week. If I have someone rated as a three, four or five-star option, they are someone I would definitely use. A two-star option is someone who is borderline, but I’d strongly lean against it unless I have no other options. The one-star options are an absolutely not scenario.
So, with that said, let’s take a look at the players available to you this week:
- Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies – @ Col, @ Ari
- Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants – vs. Col, @ Pit
- Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – vs. Oak, @ KC
- Chad Billinglsey – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. Ari, vs. Atl
- Matt Garza – Tampa Bay Rays – @ Tor, @ Tex
- Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves – vs. Phi, @ LAD
- Tim Hudson – Atlanta Braves – vs. Phi, @ LAD
- Roy Oswalt – Houston Astros – vs. Was, vs. CHC Read more
After yesterday’s freak injury to Kendry Morales, fantasy owners are scrambling to try and find a potential long-term replacement. That’s certainly not going to be easy. You may have to take a leap of faith, or be willing to sacrifice some power, especially if you play in deeper formats. Here are a few names that could be available on the waiver wire if you are desperate for a replacement in deeper leagues:
Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
He’s not 1B eligible yet, but it’s only a matter of time. He’s an elite prospect, hitting .349 with 6 HR, 32 RBI and 31 R at Triple-A. While he’s not going to match the power potential of Morales, exactly who is? He made his 2010 debut yesterday hitting sixth, but he’s not likely to stay there long. The Giants are desperate for some middle of the order options, so look for him to move up quickly where he will have the potential to produce big numbers. Depending on your format, other owners already could have scrambled to pick him up after his recall yesterday.
Lyle Overbay – Toronto Blue Jays
He’s been awful this season, but finally showed some signs yesterday with a two home run day. As I mentioned in the Around the Majors, the clock is ticking on his time in the Blue Jays lineup with Brett Wallace pushing hard at Triple-A (Wallace is a nice, long-term player to stash if you have another option for the short-term). Still, if Overbay gets hot, he could prove a good option for a week or two while you search for a better long-term solution. He’s hitting .203 this season, but was a career .279 hitter heading into ‘10. He’s struggled with a .244 BABIP, as well as seeing his strikeouts rise (27.5% vs. a career mark of 20.8%). That’s what happens when you are slumping, so if he has found his stroke, the numbers could significantly improve. Read more