Fantasy Baseball Update 8/13/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
August 13, 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 the usual round of pretenders and offenders on tap today, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at the stats and see what we can make of them.
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Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners: Cano has seen a few slumps here and there, but overall he’s been doing well. He’s gotten it done lately, too, posting a .381 average with two homers and four doubles in the week heading into yesterday’s matchup. He came up empty in that one, however, so it’s not all good news here. Still, Cano’s owners have to be pretty happy at what he’s done so far.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: Stanton has had his power swing working over time recently. In the week leading up to yesterday’s matchup, he had five homers, six runs and eight RBI to his credit. That total included three homers in a two-game span. Unfortunately, Stanton posted an 0-fer in yesterday’s game so he couldn’t keep it going. That said, he’s still got 31 homers and 82 RBI on the season.
James Shields, SP, Kansas City Royals: Our “Hot” pitcher today is Shields, as he’s coming off the outing of his life. He posted a four-hit complete-game shutout against the Giants on Saturday, bagging his 11th win of the season in the process. He issued just one walk in that one. Shields will try to keep it going tomorrow as he takes on the A’s at home.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays: It’s been a pretty slow stretch for Longoria. Heading into yesterday’s action, he had just four hits in his previous week (4-for-27) and only managed one extra-base hit. The good news here is that Longoria posted two hits (2-for-6) in yesterday’s matchup, so maybe he’s coming out of it.
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Braun hasn’t been terrible over the last week or so, but he hasn’t been great either. Heading into the second game of the Cubs series he had just a .192 average over his previous seven days (5-of-26). The good news is that he had a couple of RBI and two steals in there as well. Braun came up completely empty in yesterday’s game, going 0-for-4 from the plate.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: It’s been an up-and-down year for Strasburg; Each time we think he has it figured out, he tosses out a stinker. That was the case in his last appearance, when he gave up seven earned (with four homers) in five innings against the Braves. He’ll get a better matchup (we think) tomorrow in New York against the Mets.
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