Summer came a little late this year in the Midwest, as Chicago is finally getting to be ridiculously humid and the temperature has entered the 90s. To me that means two things: hot blondes in bikinis and my fantasy teams heating up.
Many players are notorious for not swinging their best bats until the weather warms up, and this should give a boost to fantasy teams in search of some offense. Of course many teams play in warm weather year-round, but there are a handful of players who you can expect to pick it up in the remaining months.
Let's get down to business take a look at this week's T.I.P.S.
All statistics through June 22.
Throughout his six-year career, Brewers outfielder
After a .189 April, the consensus was that
For a man who's only succeeded in 52 percent of his attempted steals, one would think that
Injured in a game last Friday, Seattle left-fielder
A strain to his right shoulder has sent
The Phillies have kept
Filling in for the injured
Despite rumors that the Brewers are in search of an answer at second base,
Owned in 79 percent of leagues, there is no reason to keep holding on to Francisco Liriano. A quick run through his stats should be all it takes to realize he isn't close to the rookie that won 12 games in 2006. His ERA sits at 5.91 and he only has six quality starts in 14 outings. His 1.51 WHIP is a result of 35 walks in 77.2 innings. As a point of reference, in 2006 Liriano had 32 walks in 121 innings. His K/9 rate of 7.88 is the worst of his career and he isn't fooling anyone at the plate, considering opponents are hitting .275 against him. The point is that
Speaking of hard-throwing lefties, Randy Johnson has been mighty good the past month. He's compiled a 3-1 record, struck out 20 batters, and has a 3.03 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. The WHIP has been better than names such as