T.I.P.S.: Don't be scared to rid your fantasy squad of a lost cause
I've mentioned plenty of times how I feel that two months is the appropriate amount of time to gauge a player's performance and determine his rest-of-season value. If you can't get your act together in that time, it's likely that you won't see a spot on my roster. I cut bait with a lot of underperforming players the past few weeks, but there are certain times when you just have to roll with a gut feeling.
This happened to me with
Although Lopez was hitting a measly .227, he did have nearly 30 RBI and he was finding his way into the middle of the Mariners lineup. His .246 BABIP was also another indicator that his average was due for a rise. Lopez is merely an example of somebody whose slump was unexplainable and all factors pointed to a strong rest of the season.
Don't be afraid to rid yourself of a lost cause, but make sure you do the research to determine the reasons for his poor play and if you decide he can't turn it around, go ahead and make the move.
Let's get to this week's T.I.P.S.
All statistics through June 15.
It's common knowledge that
An inner ear infection has sidelined
Acquired in the
Due to position scarcity, many owners searching for an answer at third may be intrigued by Kouzmanoff's recent tear (two homers, 11 RBI past 24 at-bats), but we've seen this before and the end result will not be pretty. Kouzmanoff improved his average to .235 in the past week, but his career average is still only .259. He doesn't walk at all and his presence in a lineup of minor league-level talent won't result in many runs being scored. His name has been tossed out there in trade rumors, and if that doesn't land him a full-time gig his value is null and void. You're better off letting someone else make this mistake.
The price for a top-of-the-line closer such as