Fantasy Baseball Update 5/21/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
May 21, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and you know what 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 group of notable players on both sides of the spectrum this morning, so let’s take a look inside the recent numbers and see what’s happening.
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Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B, Detroit Tigers: As the consensus No. 2 pick in the draft this season, these are the kind of numbers owners were expecting from Cabrera. Heading into yesterday’s game, he carried a .520 average over the previous seven days, with two homers, nine RBI and three doubles in that span. He got another hit yesterday to keep it going. Cabrera’s the man, and should continue into another successful year.
Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners: Cano has been CanYes for fantasy owners this past week. Going into last night’s matchup in Texas, he had a .429 average over his previous seven days, logging two runs, three doubles and three RBI in that frame. Cano’s average is good, but it’s taking some time for the other numbers to follow suit. We’ll see if his 4-for-5 game Sunday is the start of something good this week. He kept it going yesterday with two more hits, a run, an RBI and a steal.
Zach Greinke, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Greinke is an easy pick for hot pitcher of the week when you look at his last outing in Arizona. He shut the Diamondbacks down, tossing eight shutout innings on five hits and fanning a half-dozen in the win. It was his seventh victory of the year. He’ll face the Mets in his next appearance tomorrow.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: McCutchen has performed reasonably well this season, but has had some difficulties recently. Heading into the Baltimore series, he’d hit just .158 over the previous week, but did have two steals and two runs. That said, any slumps are just an aberration for McCutchen, so don’t get worried. He had two more hits yesterday, which gives him four in his last two games.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: On the other side of the Pirates-Orioles matchup is another MLB star who’s been struggling with his swing lately. Heading into the Pittsburgh opener, Davis hit just .150 (3-for-20) over the previous week, but had four runs, a homer and two RBI to soften the blow in fantasy. Davis’ power simply hasn’t been there just yet this year, but don’t get too worried about it--he came back in a big way yesterday, blasting three long-balls en route to a five-RBI day.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Owners of the consensus top pitcher in fantasy baseball were shocked and appalled at his most recent outing. He allowed seven earned runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks, which was the second-shortest outing of his career. With Kershaw fresh off the DL there have been some concerns, but don’t worry too much just yet. We’ll see how he bounces back Friday in Philly.
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