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Heading into the season, we discussed how tough it is to find power in Fantasy baseball these days, and as a result expressed our surprise that Mets 1B Lucas Duda took so long to get drafted in our league.
While he’s having a big season (at least from a slash line perspective), it’s hard to justify investing $9,404 for him right now. After all, following a huge end to May (six homers in last nine games of the month), Duda has gone ice cold (3-for-18 in the last five games). On Wednesday, he grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.
Oakland 2B Ben Zobrist ($9,788) has not been a kind pick to us over the years. The last time we picked him (in July), he was just 1-for-4, although he did manage a run. Meh. We’re steering clear now. Sure, he launched a grand salami on Tuesday (see video below for the great reaction from the Detroit kid who caught it), but that’s one of just two hits Zobrist has managed over the past 16 at-bats.
In late-July we predicted that a monster year was coming soon for Baltimore 3B Manny Machado ($12,347). Well, he continues to improve at a modest pace, so it’s going to take a huge second half for this to turn into that monster season, but either way, we’re avoiding him right now. Machado finished a nice May with a flourish, but has gone back into the tank, going 2-for-12 since. And on Thursday, he has to face Houston’s Dallas Keuchel, who is pitching like an All-Star this season.
- Have you noticed how Minnesota SP Trevor May is coming into his own lately? Over his last four starts, his command has been off the charts with 26 Ks and one walk in 26 2/3 IP. This is a youngster you need to keep a close eye on.
- Speaking of young, impressive starters, how about Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez? He’s the first pitcher in the post-1900 era to last seven-plus innings in both of his first two career starts and give up no more than a run and three hits. Can this kid help turn Boston’s season around?
- Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester not only endured his worst start of the season on Wednesday (5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 4 K), but he dropped to 0-for-61 as a hitter in his career.
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