Fantasy Baseball Update 5/20/15: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
May 20, 2015
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 roundup of notable names in store for you this morning, so let’s take a closer look at the stats and see what kind of week the star players are having.
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Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs: The Cubs had a nice win streak going up until the last game of the Pirates series, and Rizzo was a big reason why. He hit in all six games of their streak, providing three runs, two homers, a steal and five RBI in that span. He had another hit yesterday.
It’s about time North Siders--and fantasy owners--had a Cubbie to be proud of, and Rizzo fits the bill. His OBP has been stellar, and he’s the Cubs’ MVP up to this point.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: Also hitting well this week is Harper, who carried some nice stats in the Padres series. He logged eight hits, six runs, two homers and six RBI in just the last three games of that one. He had a solo homer yesterday.
Harper is off to a stellar year, and if he can keep this pace up he’ll outright shatter last season’s marks.
Max Scherzer, SP, Washington Nationals: Scherzer is on a great run this season, and it showed in his most recent start. He tossed seven innings of four-hit, shutout ball against the Padres, resulting in his fourth win of the season.
Scherzer boasts a 1.75 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP with 66 strikeouts already. He’ll pitch the middle game of the Philly series.
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: As the consensus No. 1 overall fantasy pick this season, any time Trout has difficulty at the plate it’s time to take notice. That’s been the case over the course of this past week, as he assembled just a .160 BA with one homer, two runs and two RBI heading into last night’s action. He did get a hit yesterday.
Trout’s handiwork has been eclipsed by some other names in the early-going this year, but don’t fret if you’re an owner. He’s still a can’t-miss fantasy name.
Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners: Cano is in the same boat as Trout this week, hitting just .160 in the week heading into last night’s action. He put up just one run, one RBI and one steal in that time.
Cano has been something of a slow starter over the past season or two, so don’t get concerned just yet. He’s still getting extra-base hits; the rest will come in time. He did bag two hits yesterday.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: The days of Strasburg being a dominant fantasy commodity seem to be gone. Over his last two starts, he’s got just 8.1 innings of work and a hefty 10 earned on 13 hits and 10 strikeouts.
Strasburg has lasted fewer than six innings six times already this year and has allowed four or more earned runs three times. That translates to a 5.98 ERA. He’ll get a chance to try to rectify things this weekend against Philly.
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