Around The Diamond
Wondering who has the most favorable matchups this week? How about the most unfavorable? Each Monday, we'll take a look at every position on the field and give you a guy who looks to be in line for big-time numbers, as well as a guy who could be in line for big-time disappointment.
Salty has come back from a groin injury with a hot bat in his hands, hitting .333 with four RBI in five games. The Rangers are at home for seven this week.
Barajas gave fantasy owners a jolt when
Davis has mashed since his recall, and he's been particularly good of late, with a .395-4-8 line over the last two weeks. This week the Rangers play seven games at home, where Davis boasts a 1.226 OPS.
The Giants have been willing to let the young Bowker sink or swim, and lately he's been sinking like a stone, hitting just .094 over the last two weeks. The Giants play three at LA and three at San Diego this week.
The Cuban defector is looking more and more comfortable against major league pitching as the days pass. Over the last two weeks, he's batting .395 with a homer, six RBI and three steals. The Sox are on the road for seven this week, and Alexei has batted .345 BA with a .831 OPS away from home.
Maybe Ellis doesn't want to be traded, because he's hit so poorly in July (.155) that his value has perhaps dropped. The A's face just one southpaw this week.
Tulo has attempted to make up for lost time, as he's batting a robust .522 in five games since coming back from his second stint on the DL. The Rox are in pitcher's parks this week (Pittsburgh and Florida), but you should ride Tulo while he's hot.
The Nationals could be having a bit of buyer's remorse after rewarding Guzman with a contract extension, as the veteran is batting a paltry .139 over the last two weeks. Cristian has been ordinary against right-handed pitching this year, and the Nats face five righties this week.
Stewart has been manning the hot corner for the Rox lately, and his bat has been red-hot. Over the last two weeks, Ian is hitting a blistering .483 with a homer and 12 RBIs in just seven games.
A-Ram is hitting just .192 in July. The Cubbies would love for him to break out of his funk soon, as they'll face off with the Brewers in Milwaukee four times to start off the week. With
The Blue Jays have wised up and are playing Lind on an everyday basis now, and he's rewarded them with a .397 average and 17 RBIs this month. The Jays face all right-handers this week.
Guillen has been very streaky this year, and of late he's been streaking in the wrong direction with a .097 average and no homers over the last two weeks. Complicating matters is that he's dealing with a groin injury that could keep him out of at least a few games this week.
Buehrle has been outstanding over the last two months, posting an ERA of 1.99 since June 1. He faces the Twins and Royals this week, and against those squads the southpaw boasts a career record of 38-18.
Myers proclaimed himself a changed man after a stint in the minors, but his first outing back offered little promise. His two scheduled outings this week (@ WAS, @ STL) look pretty good on paper, but you should look elsewhere.