Fantasy Baseball Update 7/23/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
July 23, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for the first post-All-Star installment of our Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list. We’ve got a fresh crop of noteworthy names in the world of fantasy baseball on tap for you today, so let’s check out the notable players who have been making headlines for one reason or another this week.
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Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B, Detroit Tigers: It’s no surprise to see Cabrera in this space; He’s been here before. Heading into play yesterday, he had an 8-for-20 line (.400) with a run, two doubles an RBI and a steal since the All-Star break. He had two more hits, a run and an RBI yesterday. His BA keeps creeping up, and we expect it to hover around at least .310 for quite a while.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: Harper has been a nice lift for his fantasy teams this week as well. Heading into yesterday’s action, he had a .455 average (5-for-11), three runs, a double and a solo homer in his appearances since the All-Star break. He was 2-for-2 with a run yesterday. Harper needs to keep it going; He’s looked pretty bad at times since coming off the DL.
Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners: Let’s head to Seattle to check out Felix, who has made this space at least a couple of times this season. He’s coming off a nice seven-inning effort against the Angels, allowing only two hits and striking out nine. He didn’t get the win in that one, but he hasn’t lost since June 13. Hernandez will pitch again Friday against Baltimore.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves: After all those preseason expectations, Freeman certainly has had his difficulties at times this season. The All-Star break didn’t seem to help, either: Heading into yesterday, he had a .063 BA (1-for-16) with one run and one RBI since the break. He came up empty again yesterday. If you have another option, we’d say bench him until he shows some signs of life.
Jose Bautista, 1B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Bautista hasn’t fared too well since the break, either. Heading into play yesterday, he had just a .154 BA (2-for-13) with one extra-base hit and two runs since the All-Star game. He got two hits yesterday, though, so maybe that’s a sign of a resurgence.
Cliff Lee, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: Lee simply didn’t have it in his lone start since the All-Star break. He went 5 2/3 against the Giants, allowing six earned on 12 hits with just three strikeouts and a walk. He’ll get a favorable matchup against the D-Backs in his next appearance, so we wouldn’t take him off the roster just yet.
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