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.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, run through Saturday's games.
Clement hasn't taken advantage of the playing time he's been given, but the superbly talented backstop has been swinging a hot stick of late, batting .368 over the last 12 games. I'm betting he'll have a strong close to the season.
Buck hasn't even hit a buck at the plate over the last two weeks, as he's picked up just two hits in 40 at-bats (.050).
Paulie has shown signs of coming out of his season-long slump lately, with a .308-3-7 line over the last two weeks. The Sox are at home all week.
Barton just turned 23, so he has time to turn it around, but he's been a big disappointment in his rookie season, batting just .207 with five homers. He's hit only .130 over the last two weeks.
Sanchez got off to a horrible start this year, but he's shown glimpses of his former batting champ self lately, hitting .390 over his last 22 games.
German has been filling in for the injured
The Sox rookie has been driving in runs by the truckload lately, with 18 ribbies in August. He's also hit .353 this month.
Keppinger was a surprise source of fantasy value in the early going, but he's been fighting it at the dish lately, with a .163 mark over the last two weeks.
You won't find a hotter hitter in baseball than Melvin, who, with Sunday's monster effort included, sports a .500 average with five homers and 26 RBIs in 15 games this month.
LaRoche hasn't made a good impression with his new teammates in Pittsburgh, as he is hitting only .189 since arriving in the Steel City at the trade deadline.
Batting .431 this month, Byrd is bound to come back to earth eventually, but continue to ride him while he's red hot. The Rangers are at home all week, where Marlon boasts a .328 average and 1.009 OPS this year.
Hermida's fantasy owners were hoping the talented outfielder would kick it into high gear in the second half like he did last season, but so far that hasn't happened, as he's hitting only .191 with no homers this month.
Perez fixed his delivery after a poor outing in late June, and the subsequent results have been undeniable, as he holds a 1.97 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 63 strikeouts over his last nine starts, covering 59 1/3 innings.
The Wolfman has pitched pretty well since arriving in Houston (3.63 ERA), but this week he's on the road against