2013-08-13 11:00:00 EDT
It’s Wednesday, and around here that means it’s time for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s not list. We’ve got our usual mix of slumpers and sleepers this week, all coming from notworthy fantasy names. Let’s take a closer look at their performances and try to get a feel for where they could be headed.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: This month (and all season, for that matter), McCutchen has been cooking. Over his last 10 games, he’s got seven two-hit outings, providing two homers, nine RBI and three steals. For the year, McCutchen is sporting a .314 BA, 17 homers, 68 RBI and 24 stolen bases. He’s the dictionary definition of an across-the-board player.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers: Not to be outdone, Beltre has had quite a month himself. Over his last 10 games, he’s provided 16 hits, two homers, nine runs and 10 RBI. On the season, Beltre has 25 long-balls to go along with his .322 average, 72 RBI and 69 runs. Only Cabrera and Alvarez have more home runs among those at his position.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: Strasburg had a personal first in his last outing against the Phillies. He tossed his first career complete game, allowing four hits and striking out 10 in the shutout. It was a much-needed victory for Strasburg, as he hadn’t recorded a W since July 7. He’ll try to get another one Saturday in Atlanta.
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Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: Harper was out of action yesterday due to a flu bug, but maybe that’s a good thing. He has gone hitless in his last two games, and although he had a three-game hit streak going before that, he also has another three games of futility just beyond. Harper hasn’t quite performed up to his inflated expectations this season, but he hasn’t been a total bust, either.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies: It’s been an ugly month for the normally-reliable Tulowitzki. Over the past 10 games, he’s got just three hits, two runs and two RBI. The cold streak hasn’t damaged his BA all that much, as he’s still sporting a .303 mark on the year. We suspect Tulowitzki will wake up soon, and this futility will be a distant memory.
Jeff Samardzija, SP, Chicago Cubs: Samardzija has had his share of struggles over the past week. Yesterday, he allowed four earned over six innings against the Reds, but was able to escape with a no-decision. In his previous start, he got beat up by the Phillies to the tune of nine earned in 3 1/3 innings. Samardzija has a few days to regroup before a tough matchup Monday against Jordan Zimmerman and the Nationals.
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