Fantasy Baseball Update 5/28/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
May 28, 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 crop of offenders and pretenders this morning, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who’s helping and hindering your fantasy roster.
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Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Trout has had a couple of ups and downs over the early part of this season, and lately he’s been doing well. Heading into last night in Seattle, he’d posted a .421 BA over his previous week, a mark which included a double, two homers and six RBI. He had another hit/RBI yesterday. It looks like Trout is back on track, and we should see that BA continue to creep up.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers: We can’t recall putting Beltre in this space yet this season, so this has been a nice week for his owners. In his previous week, he posted seven runs, two homers, six RBI and a .444 average heading into yesterday’s matchup. He got another hit in that one. We’d like to see some more power from Beltre, but as long as the hits keep coming we’re sure his owners can live with it.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: There’s a good chance that Wainwright was a top-3 SP pickup in your league, and over his past couple of starts, it’s easy to see why. In that span, he’s posted a 2-0 record, no earned runs, six hits and a whopping 21 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched. We’ll see him again at home against the Giants on Friday, so make sure he’s active on your roster.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies: Gonzalez was supposed to be one of the top five or six fantasy players in the league this year. That hasn’t happened over the past week or so, and it’s likely due to his injured left index finger. That condition left him with just two hits in his week prior to last night’s matchup against Philadelphia. To make matters worse, he left yesterday’s game due to a calf contusion. He’s day-to-day right now. Hopefully he’ll get back to his old self soon, otherwise we may see a DL stint.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, New York Yankees: Ellsbury has been producing pretty well when he gets on the base paths, but that hasn’t happened as much as it should lately. He was hitting just .167 over the previous week heading into St. Louis last night, with just one steal in that span. He did get one hit in last night’s matchup, so hopefully he can turn this recent success into a sustained run.
Shelby Miller, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: We don’t have to look too far to find this week’s pitching dog, who resided in St. Louis. Miller is coming off an ugly outing in Cincinnati, allowing four earned on five hits through five innings for his first loss since April 9.
Miller allows a lot of base runners, and he’s playing with fire every time he hits the mound. The matchup against the Yankees today doesn’t look all that good, either.
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