T.I.P.S.: Don't give up on Ramirez
H-Ram finished the week as the No. 2 (
His 11 stolen bases on the season suggest he isn't the 51-steal man of 2006-07, but he should approach the 35 he stole last year. Many frustrated owners have sent Ramirez packing for more consistent options, but his recent turnaround implies a potentially massive second half. I've seen him being traded for guys like
Let's get down to business and take a look at this week's T.I.P.S.
In an effort to shake things up for the slumping shortstop, Phillies skipper
Since going 3-for-4 on June 18, Rollins has gone hitless in 19 at-bats. His average now sits at .211, and .176 in June. Part of the problem comes from Rollins lack of patience at the plate. He walked a career-best 9.4 percent of his at-bats last season, but has seen that drop to 5.1 percent this year. He's swinging at 23.0 percent of pitches outside of the strike zone, up nearly three percent from a year ago. His line drive percentage is also declining, suggesting he isn't making the solid contact we have come to expect from him. Rollins is killing lineups in all formats, and it's time to look elsewhere. I'm not telling you to drop him, but picking up a guy like
After battling through a sore knee,
In what seems to be a "who's hot at the moment" platoon,
Lost in the hoopla of the
I'm not the first oneco to say it and I won't be the last: Now is the time to get Nifty Nick if you want him at a premium discount. The Orioles star has hit .311 the past month, but has one home run, eight stinkin' RBIs and has seemingly lost all willingness to run on the basepaths. There is no way this will continue, and the Orioles actually surround Markakis with a respectable offense.
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