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.
This past week, Shoppach became the first catcher in major league history to record five extra base hits in a game. He's been more than just that one game, though, as he's batting .329 with seven homers and 16 RBIs since July 1.
Kendall has zero power and doesn't run at all anymore, so about the only was he can provide for fantasy owners is with his batting average. Given that he batted .169 in July, it doesn't take a genius to suggest Kendall is wasting a roster space right now.
The Fish are at Philly and New York this week, and that's a good thing for Jacobs. He boasts a 1.159 OPS in 22 career games at Citizens Bank and a .940 OPS in 37 career games at Shea.
It's been just a horrible season for Konerko. With the acquisition of
Fontenot quietly had a fantastic July, batting .365 with four homers and 15 RBI. He doesn't play every day, which obviously limits his value to an extent, but he's done enough lately with limited playing time that he's worth a play.
Belliard's playing time figures to drop drastically over the final two months.
J.D.'s little brother is batting .306 since July 1. With the D'backs at home for seven this week and slated to face right right-handers, we like Drew to continue stroking it at the plate.
Crosby has already managed to play in the most games since his rookie season, but unfortunately, his production at the plate hasn't been there. He's hitting only .163 over the last two weeks.
Blake has batted .357 with a home runs in eight games since heading to La La Land. The Dodgers face all righties this week, and Blake has hit 10 of his 12 homers and collected 53 of his 59 RBIs against right-handers.
Wigginton has been non-existent for the 'Stros lately, hitting only .130 over his last two weeks. He's been so bad that
Cubs fans might not be getting what they had hoped out of Fukudome, but they can't be disappointed with what the Japanese import has done at home. He's batting .343 with a .952 OPS at Wrigley, where the Cubbies will be all week.
It's not very hard to suggest that Jones isn't in line for a big week given what he's done (or not done) this year. We just want to have the chance to rag on him one more time before he gets sent down to the minors (which is expected to happen soon).
Dempster has taken his re-entering the rotation like a duck to water, posting a 12-4 record and 2.90 ERA. He's been particularly nasty at home, going 10-1 with a 2.72 ERA. Both of Dempster's starts this week with come at Wrigley Field.
It was inevitable that Volquez would come back down to earth, which he did in July with a 4.54 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. We're not suggesting you sit the young fireballer, but it might be a good idea to keep your expectations limited.