Fantasy Baseball Update 7/2/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
July 2, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means: time for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got the usual lineup of good, bad and ugly stat-lines from around the MLB, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see where everyone’s headed.
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Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: Stanton posted an 0-for-3 outing to finish out the month of June, but that hardly mattered. In the last week of that month, he was hitting .423 with four runs, three doubles, a homer and two RBI. He had two hits, two runs and an RBI yesterday to start July out right. He’s been working wonders for fantasy owners this season and has been an RBI/home run machine in the first half.
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Braun closed out June on a high note. In the final week of that month, he posted a .429 average with six runs, a double, a triple, a homer, seven RBI and a stolen base. He had another RBI yesterday. It’s good to see Braun get back to business after the tough year he’s had, and fantasy owners are reaping the benefits.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: It seems like we talk about Kershaw quite a bit in this space, but we can’t ignore his recent efforts. In the last week of June, he posted a 2-0 record (giving him six wins in a row), allowing no earned runs on 11 hits with 21 strikeouts in his two appearances. He’s been downright stellar, and will look to continue his run Friday in Colorado.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks: Goldschmidt is certainly having his ups and downs this season, and recently it’s been all “down.” heading into yesterday’s game, he was on a 1-for-15 slump over his previous week, and logged just one RBI and no extra-base hits in that span. The good news is that he picked it up yesterday with two hits, a run and a stolen base.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: Much like Goldschmidt, Davis has had some difficulties of his own this year. He failed to post a hit through a four-game stretch to close out June, and was batting .095 in the week heading into yesterday’s matchup. His run of futility continued yesterday with another 0-fer against the Rangers in their opener. He’s now 0-for his last 19 through five games.
Gerrit Cole, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Cole’s recent run of solid outings came to an end in his last appearance, when he didn’t last too long against the Mets at home. He went just four innings, giving up five earned on seven hits. It looked like a good matchup going in, but we all know how that works. He’ll get a chance to redeem himself on Friday in his next start at home against Philadelphia.
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