Fantasy Baseball Update 4/30/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
April 30, 2014
We’ve come upon the middle of the week, and that means one thing around here: It’s time once again for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in fantasy baseball. We’ve got a pretty diverse group of notable names this morning, as per usual, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see what’s been happening to our favorite players.
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Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B, Detroit Tigers: The consensus No. 2 fantasy draft pick (behind Mike Trout) has been making his owners proud over the last week or so. In the seven days ahead of yesterday’s game in Chicago, he posted a .409 average with eight RBI, three runs and two doubles. He had two more hits yesterday, too. There’s little doubt he’ll finish as one of the top players in fantasy this season.
Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners: Speaking of top shelf, Cano is the No. 1 option at the very difficult position of 2B. Heading into his big-time matchup yesterday in in New York, he’d managed a week of .421 BA, three RBI, three runs and two doubles. He got a hit, a run, an RBI and a steal in that one. That series continues today and tomorrow, and should be very interesting.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: It’s pretty safe to say that Wainwright is on a roll. His last four outings have resulted in wins, and he hasn’t given up a run in his past three starts. He went eight innings on Sunday, giving up just three hits and fanning seven.
Wainwright’s next start is May 3 against the Cubs.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies: Gonzalez was a top-end pick in the fantasy draft this year, but so far he hasn’t been producing like one. Through Game 1 of the Arizona series, he’d come up with just three hits in 24 chances, giving him a .125 average for the week. Gonzalez has been fighting off tendinitis in his knee, so that explains his rough times lately. That said, he got a couple of hits yesterday, so maybe he’s coming out of it.
David Wright, 3B, New York Mets: Wright is a high-end option at his position as well, but hasn’t paid off like most fantasy owners expected him to. His season-long numbers are okay for the most part, but he went through a rough stretch last week that contributed to his .136 BA for the week through Monday. Wright has shown signs of life recently (just not in yesterday’s 0-fer), though, so he should be just fine.
Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers: On Monday, Darvish endured his shortest start as a Major Leaguer, going just 3 1/3 innings against Oakland. He gave up four earned runs on six hits, getting himself into trouble often through 83 pitches. Darvish’s earned runs have gone up with each of his last three starts, but we don’t see a problem just yet. Keep sticking with him; He’s just too good.
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