2013-08-23 11:00:00 EDT
We’ve finally reached the weekend, and around here Saturday means it’s time to take a look at some of the biggest names in fantasy baseball in our weekly Superstar Watch. We’ve got our usual mix of over- and under-performing numbers, so let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there and glance ahead to their immediate futures.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: McCutchen has been a hit machine lately. During his current five-game streak, he’s got four multi-hit outings, four RBI and three runs. He’s been the dictionary definition of an across-the-board fantasy player, with 17 homers, 73 RBI and 26 steals on the year. McCutchen and the gang will finish up with San Francisco this weekend then head home to host Milwaukee and St. Louis in the coming week.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: It wasn’t so long ago that Stanton was a hopeless mess when it came to fantasy. He’s been showing signs of life lately, however, hitting in nine of his last 10 (his streak came to an end yesterday with an 0-for-2 game against the Rockies). During that span, Stanton has three homers, five RBI and six runs. If he can keep it up, he wont’ necessarily work his way back into fantasy owners’ good graces, but he’ll at least earn a few brownie points for next season’s draft. The Marlins head to DC next week.
Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Holliday has been all over the place statistically this past week (and the entire season, for that matter). He’s got a three-game hit streak to his credit right now, with two homers and three RBI in that span. Before that, however, he had just one hit in five games. The unpredictability is frustrating for fantasy owners, but Holliday’s ceiling is just too high to bench him during his bouts of futility. Best to just ride it out.
Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs: Hmm…where do we begin with Castro? There’s no doubt he’s got all sorts of talent, but whether it’s his fielding errors or lack of focus that’s causing him trouble, it’s wreaking havoc on his hitting numbers. Over his last 10 appearances, Castro has just three hits, no RBI and no stolen bases. His season average continues to plummet as well; it’s down to .237 and not projected to get much better. If there’s any good news it’s that he’ll get plenty of opportunities to correct himself; the Cubs aren’t going anywhere this season.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: Strasburg was oh-so-close this week. On Thursday against the Cubs, he went 8 2/3 innings but couldn’t close things out. He surrendered a game-tying two-run shot with two outs in the ninth, mere inches away from his second complete game in his last three outings. The good news is that he managed a no-decision, so the four earned and eight strikeouts are a little more palatable. Strasburg will get another enticing matchup in his next start, which is a home game against the Marlins on Wednesday.
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