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.
The Sox are at home for seven this week and face all right-handed pitching. That's good for Pierzynski, who has eight of his 12 homers against righties and is batting .307 at U.S. Cellular.
Snyder has been fighting it of late, as the backstop is hitting a measly .080 over the last two weeks. The D'backs will face just one lefty this week.
Konerko has seemed to snap out of his season-long slump recently, as he's batted .349 since August 1. He's been quite good at home this year (.935 OPS), which is where the Sox will be all week.
Blalock is batting .333 so far this month, but keep your expectations for him low this week. The Rangers will face five lefties, and Hank holds a career .228 average against southpaws.
Felipe has found his batting stroke since landing in St. Louis, hitting .370 with his new team, including a .444 mark over the last two weeks. He is also eligible at shortstop and the outfield in most leagues.
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Berroa has suddenly rediscovered his Rookie of the Year form lately, hitting .387 over the last two weeks. His hot streak probably won't last, but go ahead and give him a shot for one more week.
Crosby has been able to stay healthy this year, but that hasn't translated into fantasy production. He's been particularly poor of late, batting just .213 over the last two weeks. Oakland is in two pitcher's parks this week, first going to Detroit before coming back home.
The Dodgers play four this week against left-handers, and Blake has batted .305 with an .863 OPS against southpaws this season. Blake will also get to play three in Colorado, where he was 5-for-11 with a home run in a series earlier this year.
Glaus is a guy who will go through his hot and cold streaks, and he shouldn't be in your lineup during those cold spells. Unfortunately, he's in the midst of one now, as he's hit only .196 over the last two weeks.
Dickerson has been quite a find for those that snatched him up off the waiver wire, as he's batted .314-6-13 with five steals in 22 games. He's dealt with a sore ankle recently but should be good to go this week.
Hinske has given the Rays some surprising production at times this year, but he hasn't been doing a lick for the Rays or fantasy owners of late, hitting only .156 over the last two weeks.
Perez sports a 2.92 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 10 starts since the All-Star break, and he has two cake matchups this week, facing the Nationals and Braves at home.
Volquez has officially hit the proverbial wall. He holds a 6.38 ERA over his last three starts and has two tough matchups this week against the Brewers and D'backs.