Monday, July 2, 2012

Top 10 Hitters and Pitchers Over the Past 14 Days

Fantasy Baseball is all about having the hot bats and rubber arms.  Over the past two weeks guys like Will Middlebrooks and even Yuniesky Betancourt have been locked in and been some of baseball's hottest hitters.  Pitchers like Travis Wood and Rick Porcello have figured things out and made the art of pitching look easy.  Here is a list of the top 10 hitters and pitchers over the last 2 weeks who are less than 75% owned in Yahoo leagues.


Player% OwnedR1B2B3BHRRBISBBBFan PtsPlayer% OwnedIPWERKFan Pts
Colby Rasmus (Tor - OF) 73%108205161681Travis Wood (ChC - SP) 9%20.2311577.83
Aaron Hill (Ari - 2B) 69%1011524111280Hiroki Kuroda (NYY - SP) 74%21.0252469.00
Jason Kubel (Ari - OF) 66%126405120476Justin Masterson (Cle - SP) 57%22.0251868.00
Ike Davis (NYM - 1B) 48%90505170274Luke Hochevar (KC - SP) 9%22.2251467.33
Cody Ross (Bos - OF) 45%107504111371Tommy Milone (Oak - SP) 30%21.0221366.50
Will Middlebrooks (Bos - 3B) 67%86404131267Rick Porcello (Det - SP) 8%20.0231363.50
Pedro Alvarez (Pit - 3B) 33%99303100766Jake Westbrook (StL - SP) 25%21.0261161.50
Dexter Fowler (Col - OF) 64%91133251665Gavin Floyd (CWS - SP) 31%18.2241661.33
Yuniesky Betancourt (KC - 2B,SS) 4%79111140361Phil Hughes (NYY - SP) 47%20.1281761.17
Chris Nelson (Col - 2B,3B) 10%810402100058Mike Leake (Cin - SP) 12%24.0141360.50

Hitters:
  • Ike Davis, who has mastered the 3 run homer, has been hot as of late and scored 16 runs while driving in 24 in June.  The power is back and he walked more time in June than in April and May combined.  It is safe to say that We Like Ike!
    • Stay away from Chris Nelson.  In his first 73 ABs he had just 16 hits.  He had a ridiculous June going 25 for 77 (.325) but we see no reason for him to continue doing so and he CAN'T hit on the road (.215) compared to .314 at Coors Field.  If you NEED to play him, make sure the Rockies are home.

Pitchers:
  • One of my biggest mistakes this fantasy season was dropping Hiroki Kuroda.  On May 16, he allowed 7 earned runs and lost his 5th game of the season (3-5).  I had seen enough and was frustrated.  But it was too early to make such a move and I have missed on his 5-2 record since in 8 starts.  He has allowed 3+ earned runs just twice over that span and lowered his ERA from 4.50 to 3.17.  He has looked unhittable in his last two starts striking out 18 batters in 14 innings while walking just 3.   
    • Keep away from Luke Hochevar.  Hochevar has 3 starts this season with 0 ER allowed yet his ERA still sits above 5 (5.23).  He has allowed 102 hits in just 93 innings pitched and the Royals are just 7-9 in his 16 starts this season.

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