Fantasy Baseball Vision Agrees! Seize the Pirates!
Originally posted on 7/6/2012
As good as the Pirates have been this season, their offense has struggled. Andrew McCutchen has been invaluable to the Pirates success but he is a well known commodity in the fantasy world. Neil Walker (51%), who drove in 83 runs last season, found his stroke again and has the batting avg back up to .275. He has scored 12 runs and driven in 7 in the last 10 games. He finished June hitting .292 and has started July with a .375 avg. Only Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees has been a better fantasy 2B over the past two weeks.
Much like Walker, Garrett Jones (31%) hit .300 in June and that has carried over to a .444 start to July. Clearly he is not going to hit .275 for the season, but it might be a wise idea to take advantage of the hot stick while it lasts. He has 20+ HR power and has 3 in his last 10 games while driving in 11 runs and scoring 13.
Power hitting Pedro Alvarez (37%) has been striking out WAY to much, but if you are in a league where Ks don't count, Alvarez has 15 HRs and 48 RBI. He had a great June hitting .252 with 7 HRs and 20 RBI and has yet to K in 6 July ABs while walking 3 times. Maybe Pedro has calmed down and is ready to turn the season around.
Drew Sutton (1%) has been on fire since joining the Pirates and in 9 games has 4 doubles, a triple and a homer while driving in 4 runs and scoring 7 times.
The Bucs staff has been dealing this year, lead by James McDonald (85%) who is 8-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Close behind him is AJ Burnett (70%) who has revived his career returning to the NL and winning 9 of his 14 starts (including 8 in a row). They might not have any other starters worth owning, but the bullpen has provided two strong options.
Joel Hanrahan (95%) has saved 21 games for the Pirates and together with Jason Grilli (14%) has formed a dominate pair in the bullpen. Grilli has held batters to just a .149 BAA and has recorded 51 Ks in just 32.2 innings! Oh yeah and he owns a 0.98 WHIP.
AL East - Boston Red Sox
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