We’ve reached the middle of the week, and around here that means it’s time to take another look at the slumping and surging names around the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual mix of encouraging and discouraging performances today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see where these guys are headed.
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Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Is there ever a week when Trout isn’t hot? He certainly fit that designation over the past seven days, pouring in a 10-for-23 (.435) line, a double, a triple and three steals. If there’s a knock here, it’s that Trout only managed one RBI. We’re sure owners will take it, though.
Ian Desmond, SS, Washington Nationals: We don’t talk about Desmond too often in this space, but he’s clearly earned it this time. Over the past week, he’s managed to go 12-for-29 (.414), with five runs, six RBI, 10 singles, a double and a homer. For a thin fantasy position, that’s pretty darn good. With his 20 homers and 18 steals on the year, Desmond has been a nice across-the-board addition.
James Shields, SP, Kansas City Royals: Shields has quietly been very reliable recently, and he earns our Hot designation for pitching this week. He’s 2-0 over his last pair of appearances, allowing just one earned run through 14 1/3 innings and 16 Ks during that time. He’s 6-1 in his last eight outings, bringing him to 10-8 on the season. Shields will face a tough challenge on Friday, when he’ll take the hill at home against the visiting Tigers.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds: Votto has produced here and there this week, but hasn’t given owners much to go on. In the past seven days, he’s hitting .190, with a homer and a double to his credit. On the season, his BA (.306) and homer (21) numbers are good, but he’s not driving in the runs (64 RBI). That’s been the knock on Votto and the inconsistent Reds this season.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays: Longoria went 2-for-4 in yesterday’s game against the Angels, so maybe he’s coming out of his slump. Before that, he’d gone eight games with just two hits, and has one RBI and zero runs in his last nine appearances. It’s been an up-and-down year for Longoria, who has 28 homers and 76 runs, but has been less than ideal with his .265 average on the season.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: A couple weeks back, we were singing Wainwright’s praises, but he’s taken a nosedive since then. Over his last two starts, he is 0-2 with a combined 15 earned runs through just eight innings. Those ugly outings inflated his season ERA from 2.58 to 3.14. It’s not looking much better for Wainwright down the road, either. On Saturday, he’ll host the Pirates, and he hasn’t beaten Pittsburgh yet this year.
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