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.
Perhaps Varitek isn't finished just yet. After horrendous months of June and July, he has has put up respectable digits this month, particularly of late, as he's batting .343 with three homers over the last two weeks.
Flores has been a surprise source of fantasy production this year, but that hasn't been the case lately, as he's batted a mere .181 in August, including a 1-for-24 stretch over the past six games.
Butler has been swinging a hot stick of late, and with the Royals slated to face five southpaws this week, his hot hitting should continue. Billy has a career .332 average and .948 OPS against lefties.
Tracy was fantastic in July, but August was a different story. He is batting .129 with no RBI over the last two weeks.
Prado has been playing first base with
Iguchi has been a waste of space for the Pads all year, and they've apparently finally had enough, as the rumor is that they will release him on Monday.
Burress has been hitting (.417 over the last two weeks) and drawing walks (10 walks, three strikeouts over that time), which has given him the opportunity to do what he does best -- steal bases. He has three swipes in his last 13 games and could be a nice source of cheap speed for those in need.
I hate to pick on Garciaparra, as this is the second week in a row he's been listed in this space, but he had just two hits and no RBI this past week.
No one is going to miss August more than Wiggington. He hit his 12th homer of the month Sunday, and had a .379 average and 26 RBI to go along with those 12 bombs.
LaRoche certainly doesn't want his base hit Sunday changed to an error (which would give
Werth has a .381-4-10 line over the last two weeks, and with the Phils slated to face three southpaws this week, Jayson should be able to continue batting the ball all over the park. He boasts a .970 OPS against lefties in 2008.
Ankiel did next to nothing in August, and he has revealed that the abdominal pain he dealt with earlier this month is bothering him again. Don't expect much out of Ankiel in September.
The Big Unit has turned back the clock in the second half, as he holds a pristine 1.82 ERA to go along with a 0.98 WHIP and 53 Ks in 54 1/3 innings since the break.
Any way you slice it, Snell has been a huge disappointment this year. He has been particularly awful on the road (7.07 ERA), where he will make both of his starts this week.