Fantasy Baseball Update 6/18/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
June 18, 2014
It’s that time once again. Every Wednesday, we check out some of the notable fantasy players out there and see what they’ve been up to lately. We’ve got our usual collection of “hot” and “not” statistical performances for you today, so let’s see who falls into each category.
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Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: All those fantasy owners out there who took McCutchen with their top picks are patting themselves on the back lately. He’s been absolutely on fire, posting two hits in eight straight games through the Miami series. He posted a whopping 13 RBI during that span as well. He had another hit and a run yesterday to keep it going.
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Trout has made this space several times this year already, so it’s not surprising to see the consensus top fantasy pick here. Heading into yesterday, his week featured six runs, four doubles, two homers, five RBI and three stolen bases. He kept it going yesterday by slapping two more homers. No problems here at all--he’s still the top dog in fantasy.
Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: Hamels has been cooking lately, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that by looking at his win/loss columns. He hasn’t given up an earned run in his last three outings, but is just 1-0 in that span. Over his last two (both no-decisions, he’s given up 10 hits and struck out 17 batters. He may not be snagging the Ws for fantasy owners, but there’s no reason to doubt his talents.
David Wright, 3B, New York Mets: There’s no doubting Wright’s talent, but he just can’t seem to find his groove lately. He came up completely empty in the weekend series against the Padres (0-for-8) and had just two hits in the week prior to yesterday’s game. He did nail a solo homer in yesterday’s matchup, though, so maybe he’s coming out of it.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: Over the course of the season, Davis has shown some flashes of his breakout 2013 potential, but he’s also had some low moments, too. Heading into yesterday’s action, he had just three hits in his previous week, equating to a .143 average. Two of those hits were homers, though, so it’s not all bad. Speaking of homers, he had another one yesterday--and the four RBI that came along with it.
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers: Verlander isn’t doing very well lately--and that’s putting it mildly. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed 14 earned runs, going 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA and 2.23 WHIP. That run includes 20 hits as well. Verlander isn’t necessarily pitching bad--at least initially--which gives owners some hope for his next outing.
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