Fantasy Baseball Update 6/25/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
June 25, 2014
Every week, we check in on some of the notable players around the fantasy baseball world and highlight a few guys who are either crushing or slumping in their recent games. We’ve got a new crop for you this morning, so let’s check out this week’s Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list.
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Hanley Ramirez, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ramirez in this space, so it’s good to see him hitting well recently. He’s been on a tear as of late, and heading into last night’s game against the Royals he had six RBI, five runs and a .400 average over his previous week. The bad news here is that he sat out last night’s matchup due to irritation in his shoulder joint. Let’s hope he can get back to the plate soon and keep up his solid run.
David Wright, 3B, New York Mets: Wright has kept his solid run going with a nice week himself. Heading into last night’s matchup against the A’s, he had two homers, six RBI, five runs, four doubles and a .478 average in his seven-day stretch. He was 1-for-4 yesterday with an RBI and a run to his credit. He’s one of the better hot-corner men in the fantasy game, so we expect big things from him this season.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: It’s pretty obvious that Kershaw is having a darn good run. He’s currently riding a four-game win streak, capped off by a complete-game no-hitter in his last appearance. Kershaw fanned 15 Rockies in that one to bring his yearly K total to 86. He’s cooking right now and will look to continue today in Kansas City.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians: Kipnis’ week just isn’t going very well. He started out Saturday and Sunday on an 0-for-10 slide, which capped off a week that saw him hitting just .136. Kipnis hasn’t quite been the breakout that many people expected, but with the lack of names at 2B, no one’s really moving on him just yet. The good news is that he was 3-for-7 yesterday with a run.
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: It’s been a bad week for Bautista. He pulled up limping during a sac bunt on Sunday, but the good news is that it’s supposedly just a mild hamstring strain. Bautista was in need of some positive vibes, as he’d been 0-for-8 over his previous three games. He sat out again yesterday, but according to him he could have pinch hit. We don’t expect to see him in the lineup today, and wouldn’t rule out a DL stint for him either.
Mat Latos, SP, Cincinnati Reds: Latos didn’t have a very good outing in his last appearance against the Blue Jays. He lasted just 5 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and struck out just two batters. Fortunately, that one ended in just a no-decision, so the damage was minimized a bit from what it potentially could have been. Things are looking up for Latos today, though. He’ll head into a favorable matchup at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, so look for him to bounce back this evening.
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