Fantasy Baseball Update 5/7/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
May 7, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and around here that means it’s time once again for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual mix of noteworthy players all set for you this morning, so let’s see what everyone’s been up to statistically for the last week or so.
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Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: McCutchen has had his good days and bad this season, but for the most part has delivered on his draft promise. Heading into last night’s game against the Giants, he had a .440 average with five runs, three doubles and a triple in his previous week. He was 1-for-4 yesterday to continue his run, hitting in five of his past six games.
Prince Fielder, 1B, Texas Rangers: While we’re not ready to deem him a success down in Texas just yet, Fielder has at least been consistent. He’s got a seven-game hit streak to his credit, including five runs and three RBI in that span. Fielder is sporting just two homers and a tepid .233 average on the season, but it won’t take much for him to improve his numbers; He just needs a sustained run.
Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers: There’s no doubt about it: Scherzer is rolling right now. In his past two starts, he’s posted no earned runs in 14 innings while scattering seven combined hits and striking out 16 in total. He’s got four straight wins under his belt and will look to make it five when he takes the hill again on May 10 against Minnesota. Owners should be proud right now.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves: There’s a pretty deep talent pool at 1B this year, so Freeman owners have to be shaking their heads this week. In the seven days leading up to yesterday’s game against the Cardinals, he accounted for a .148 BA (4-for-27), with one run, one RBI and one extra-base hit in that frame. That said, he’s hit in the last two games, including a 1-for-3 effort yesterday.
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: As the top pick in most fantasy drafts, just about every Trout owner expects him to knock the cover off the ball on a weekly basis. That hasn’t happened lately. Heading into last night’s game against the Yankees, he had a .105 BA with just two hits in his previous 19 attempts. He was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI yesterday, though.
Alex Wood, SP/RP, Atlanta Braves: Let’s head back to Atlanta to check out Wood, who has had a tough go of things lately. After a string of three straight one-earned starts last month, he’s faltered in his last two, giving up a combined nine earned runs and 17 hits. Wood has lost his last four decisions in a row, but his season numbers aren’t that bad (3.00 ERA; 1.18 WHIP). Stick with him for now.
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