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.
The Giants may have stumbled onto something here. Sandoval wasn't really regarded as much of a prospect before this year, but he has exploded, hitting a combined .350 with 20 homers and 96 RBIs between Single- and Double-A. He's continued to hit following his recall, batting .429 in 28 at-bats.
Mathis has given owners some decent production at times this year, but he's fallen on hard times of late, batting .116 this month. He's also now sharing the position with Mike Napoli.
Garko has been a big disappointment this year, but he's apparently trying to make up for lost time, with a .377 average and 17 RBIs over the last two weeks.
Kotchman has hit just .157 since arriving in Atlanta. Complicating matters is that he's currently on the bereavement list while attending to his ill mother, and it's not clear when he'll return.
DeRosa has been one of the most underrated options at second this year, and the fact that he's eligible at third and in the outfield as well is just gravy. He's hitting .372-5-13 over the last two weeks.
Kendrick provides most of his value with his batting average. Well, he's batting only .188 with no RBIs over the last two weeks, so his owners haven't been getting much out of Howie of late.
Renteria has struggled this year in his move back to the American League, but he's given his owners some solace of late, hitting .333 with two homers, seven RBI and a steal over the last two weeks.
Nomar is back to his natural position at shortstop, but unfortunately he's been unable to go back to his superb hitting. Mr. Mia Hamm is hitting just .158 since returning from his latest stint on the DL.
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Buscher has had a nice year, but don't expect him to help out your squad this week. The Twins face six lefties this week, and Buscher as just three hits in 30 at-bats against southpaws this season.
The Blue Jays will head to Tampa and New York this week, and Lind has a .930 OPS away from home this year. He also has an .878 OPS against right-handers, of which the Jays will face five of on their road trip.
Edmonds has provided the Cubbies with a lift since arriving on the north side, but he's really been scuffling of late with a .080 average over the last two weeks.
You should completely disregard Meche's mediocre numbers, because since a horrid April he's been absolutely fantastic. I like him to keep it going against the Rangers and Tigers.
Olsen was very good in the first half, but he's fallen off drastically after the break with a 5.09 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in the second half.