Fantasy Baseball Update 6/4/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
June 4, 2014
We do it every Wednesday: It’s time once again for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual lineup of notable candidates today--on both sides of the spectrum--so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who’s trending in which direction right now.
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Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Braun has had some ups and downs this season, so it’s good to see him on his game again. In the week heading into yesterday’s game, he had a .409 average with six runs, two doubles, two homers and seven RBI. He had a hit and two RBI yesterday. Braun has had a couple of 0-fers this week, so hopefully that’s not a sign of another downturn.
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Bautista has been crushing this year, much to the delight of fantasy owners who picked him up in the early rounds of their drafts. In the week heading into the Detroit series, he had a .526 average, six runs, two homers and five RBI. That’s just business as usual for Bautista, who should continue to play well. He had another run and another RBI yesterday.
Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers: Darvish is our Hot pitcher this week, and it’s pretty easy to see why. He’s coming off tossing eight shutout innings in a win against the Nationals in his last outing, allowing just five hits and fanning 12 Washington batters in the process. He’s sporting a 2.08 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP on the season and will get the Indians at home this weekend in his next start.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: Davis’ breakout year in 2013 left some fantasy owners wondering if it was an abberation or the real thing. He still went super-high in drafts, but has been a mixed bag. His week through the Houston series featured a .080 average (2-for-25) with just one run to his credit. He did get another hit yesterday, which was his second in as many games.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies: Considering the barren sea of SS names out there in fantasy, Tulowitzki has done very well in 2014. He’s had some difficulties lately, though, hitting just .063 in the week before yesterday’s game and logging just one RBI in that frame. Considering how well he’s been doing, we’d imagine this is just a brief slump. He had a solo homer yesterday, so hang in there.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: It’s been a rough stretch for some of the Cardinals’ pitchers, and Wainwright is no exception. He had an ugly outing against the Giants in his last appearance, lasting just 4 1/3 innings and allowing seven earned on eight hits. The good news here is that Wainwright gets the Royals today, so he’s got a nice chance at bouncing back.
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