Fantasy Baseball Update 7/9/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
July 9, 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 the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual crop of offenders and pretenders today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see how everyone got here.
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Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks: Goldschmidt has certainly had his share of ups and downs this season, but this week he’s showing just why he deserved to be picked among the top fantasy stars. Heading into yesterday’s game, he had a .520 BA with six RBI and six extra-base hits to his credit in the week prior. He bagged another hit yesterday in a 1-for-4 performance to keep it going.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves: Let’s move on to another first baseman who has had some difficulties this year but is lighting it up lately. In the week leading up to yesterday’s game, Freeman had a .417 average, four RBI, six runs and four extra-base hits to his credit. He was hot again yesterday, posting a 2-for-5 outing against the Mets that yielded a pair of RBI.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: We thought about putting Clayton Kershaw here (again), but Wainwright has done well in July, too. He’s allowed no earned through two starts this month, resulting in a 1-0 record with a half-dozen strikeouts and a 1.09 WHIP in that span. We’ll see him on the mound again Saturday in Milwaukee to try and keep it going.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: Let’s stick with the first baseman theme and check out Davis, who hasn’t been connecting very well this month yet. In the first week of July, he had just three hits, though one was a homer that yielded a pair of RBI. That led to a .125 average with a single run. Yesterday’s game was postponed, so we’ll have to wait to see if Davis can get a run going.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: Harper’s July hasn’t started out very well either. In his first week of the month, he posted just three hits, while registering a .143 average with one run and no RBI. Harper is now 0-for-6 in his last two games, and he’ll have to wait until today to try and break that cycle.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, Detroit Tigers: Sanchez headed into his last outing with a 3-0 record in his previous four starts. That run fell apart against Tampa Bay, however, as he allowed seven earned runs through 5 2/3 innings on six hits with just one strikeout. Sanchez will get a chance to bounce back again on Friday when he heads to Kansas City to take on the Royals.
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