Fantasy Baseball Update 7/30/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
July 30, 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 the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual lineup of well-known names in store today, so let’s see who’s been making headlines--for better or worse.
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Hanley Ramirez, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: After returning from an injury last week, Ramirez has been lighting it up--much to the delight of fantasy owners everywhere. In his first three games back in action, he posted six hits, a double, two runs and three RBI. That’s good news, but the main thing we all want to see is him remaining healthy for the rest of the year. He did end up coming in empty yesterday, though, so nobody’s perfect.
Jose Bautista, 1B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Bautista has certainly had his share of successes this season, and that’s carried through in his stats lately. Heading into yesterday’s matchup, he had eight runs, three doubles, three homers, seven RBI and a stolen base in his previous week’s action. He went 1-for-3 yesterday to keep his strong streak alive.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: The best pitcher in the game has done it again. In Kershaw’s last outing, he went the distance, tossing a complete-game shutout on the Giants. It was his third complete game in his last seven starts and his 12th win on the year. He’ll be in action again tomorrow as the Braves come to town.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: It’s not often that we get to call McCutchen out for lack of production, but that’s been happening lately. Heading into play yesterday, he had a 2-for-21 run going (.095) with just one double and one RBI. He did get a hit and a steal yesterday, though. McCutchen is simply too good to let this slide continue, so stick with him.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians: Kipnis was pegged for big things at a thin fantasy position before this year began, but thus far he’s been underwhelming. In the week leading up to yesterday’s matchup, he was hitting just .095 with one single and one double. He did post a trio of RBI, however, so it could have been worse. Yesterday, he was 0-for-4 with another RBI.
Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston Red Sox: We had to dig a little deeper than usual to find a “Not” pitcher for today, but Buchholz definitely fit’s the bill. In his last outing on Monday, he posted seven earned runs on seven hits in five innings against the Blue Jays. It was his second straight loss, which is unfortunate since he’d shown flashes of improvement lately. We’d recommend staying far away in fantasy, at least for now.
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