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First, let’s get you prepped for play on Thursday July 9.
No Traction at MLB Level
Despite another solid season at Triple-A (.275 BA, 775 OPS), Pittsburgh CF Gorkys Hernandez ($7,789) hasn’t been able to gain any traction in the bigs this year, appearing in just five games — mostly as a defensive replacement.
A few years ago, he looked like an up and coming prospect, but he’s simply stalled out after reaching Triple-A, and has only had limited cracks at the bigs. Hernandez — who can’t even bunt properly (see video below) — has no business near anyone’s fantasy team right now.
We’d rather spend a few more bucks and get a dependable option like Cameron Maybin ($10,175) at centerfield.
Another Angel is a Sleeper
Another flyhawk we’re avoiding Thursday is Angels RF Kole Calhoun ($14,253). Not only has he regressed offensively this year (didn’t you think he had a shot to lead the league in runs this season?), but he’s 0-for-8 in his career against Felix Hernandez.
We’d rather save some bucks and take Atlanta’s Nick Markakis ($8,223), who gets to hit in Coors Field against Kyle Kendrick (6.70 ERA at home).
The last time we recommended Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke ($29,818) in early May last year, he burned us, lasting just three innings because of a long rain delay. D’oh! The lesson? Don’t forget to check the weather forecasts, people.
Well, given Greinke’s recent domination, we’re finally ready to get back on his train. After all, his 1.48 ERA is the best in the majors, and he’s among the leaders in WHIP and BAA, as well. But it’s HIS last four starts in which Greinke has emerged as the frontrunner to start the All-Star game — he’s gone 2-0 while tossing 27 2/3 shutout innings.
- Oakland Athletics SP Jesse Chavez ($13,654) is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA against the Yankees in his career, which is pretty amazing when you consider he’s 17-31 against everyone else.
- The Chicago White Sox busted through for seven runs on Wednesday — the first time in 25 games they had managed to score more than four runs at home. That was the worst stretch of offensive ineptitude at home in team history.
- KC SP Yordano Ventura ($16,068) makes his first start in over a month on Thursday. During a rehab stint, his command wasn’t exactly sharp, so you may want to avoid him for now.
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