Around the diamond

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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.

Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, run through Saturday's games.

Make sure you play ...Taylor Teagarden, Texas Rangers

Teagarden has been getting more and more playing time and has taken advantage of it, hitting .417 with four homers and 11 RBIs over the last two weeks. He had a disappointing year in the minors but is a pretty good hitting catcher, particularly in the power department.

Honorable mention: John Baker, Florida Marlins (.400 BA over the last two weeks)

Don't expect much from ... Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers

Inge has taken over the catching duties since Pudge Rodriguez left for the Big Apple, but his production has been lackluster, as he sports a .200 batting average since Aug. 1.

Honorable mention: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (dealing with thigh injury)

Make sure you play ... Lyle Overbay, Toronto Blue Jays

Overbay has been heating up of late, batting .367 with three homers and 11 ribbies over the last two weeks. Overbay is almost always an underrated performer and could give you a boost over the final few weeks.

Honorable mention: Rich Aurilia, San Francisco Giants (.375-1-5 over the last two weeks)

Don't expect much from ... Chad Tracy, Arizona Diamondbacks

Tracy has been getting less and less playing time, and for good reason. He is batting a lowly .167 with no RBI over the last two weeks.

Honorable Mention: Kevin Millar, Baltimore Orioles (.143 BA over the last two weeks)

Make sure you play ... Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers

The Brew Crew are on the road all week, and that's a good thing for Weeks. He is hitting 41 points higher and has belted 10 of his 12 home runs away from home.

Honorable mention: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians (.475-1-13 over the last two weeks)

Don't expect much from ... Emilio Bonifacio, Washington Nationals

The Nats loved getting Bonifacio from the D'backs at the trade deadline, but of late he hasn't been flashing the potential that the team thought they were getting. He's hitting only .185 with no RBI over the last two weeks and more importantly, hasn't had a steal over that time.

Honorable mention: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees (.174 BA this month)

Make sure you play ... Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

Tulo's owners haven't gotten what they expected out of the young stud, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be in your lineup this week. The Rox are at home, where Tulowitzki boasts a .839 OPS in his brief career.

Honorable mention: Cristian Guzman, Washington Nationals (.380-3-12, two steals over the last two weeks)

Don't expect much from ... Jhonny Peralta, Cleveland Indians

Peralta has had a nice year, but he's been scuffling a bit of late. He hasn't homered since August 21, and he is batting just .200 this month.

Honorable mention: Michael Young, Texas Rangers (.200 BA this month, no homers in last 19 games)

Make sure you play ... Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks

Reynolds and the D'backs are first playing the Giants this week, a team that has allowed a 1.044 OPS to the third baseman. The team will then go to Colorado, where Reynolds boasts a career OPS of 1.098.

Honorable mention: Edwin Encarnacion, Cincinnati Reds (.326-2-8 over the last two weeks)

Don't expect much from ... Troy Glaus, St. Louis Cardinals

Glaus is hitting just .214 over the last two weeks, but that's not the major problem. He is dealing with a shoulder injury that's kept him out of the last five games, and there's no telling how the shoulder will affect him at the plate when he does return.

Honorable mention: Chone Figgins, LA Angels (.162 BA over the last two weeks)

Make sure you play ... Gary Sheffield, Detroit Tigers

Sheffield has been pretty useless for the most part this year, but you can't argue with his track record at the ballparks he will be playing at this week. He is batting .458 with four homers over the last two years at Rangers Ballpark and is hitting .353 this year at Progressive Field.

Honorable mention: Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks (.927 career OPS at home; 1.010 career OPS at Coors Field)

Don't expect much from ... Jeremy Hermida, Florida Marlins

Hermida has been so bad lately that he's finding himself on the bench more times than not. He's hitting .129 over the last two weeks and should be nowhere near your starting lineup at this point.

Honorable mention: Pat Burrell, Philadelphia Phillies (.132, 0 HR, 14 K over his last 38 at-bats)

Make sure you play ... Derek Lowe, L.A. Dodgers

Lowe has been on fire lately, holding a 1.53 ERA over his last seven outings. He has two juicy matchups this week at Pittsburgh and at home against the Giants.

Honorable mention: Brett Myers, Philadelphia Phillies (3 wins, 1.84 ERA in his last four starts)

Don't expect much from ... Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox

Buehrle has been dynamite at home this year (10-3, 2.74 ERA), but he's been pretty awful on the road (3-8, 5.34 ERA). Unfortunately for his owners, both of his starts are away from US Cellular this week.

Honorable mention: Doug Davis, Arizona Diamondbacks (vs. SF, @ COL)