By: James Sargent
Miguel Olivo: Miguel Olivo had an outstanding week, batting .500 with three homeruns and six RBIs. This past week is definitely showing how productive the Colorado catcher has been on the season. Olivo will need to keep it up to make sure he maintains his hold on the starting job with the recent success of Chris Ianetta in Triple-A and seemingly looking due for a recall the Major League roster.
Luke Scott: Luke Scott has been flat out raking of late, with five homeruns in his last 10 games. Scott is prone to homerun binges, and he’s certainly on one now. Last week he batted .500 as well and had eight RBIs. Scott had a similar outburst in May of last season, and then cooled off considerably.
Martin Prado: The sweet-swinging infielder has found a groove in the middle part of May, popping off for six multi-hit performances in his last eight games to boost his average back up to .329. He also plated 11 runs in the past week while scoring four himself. Prado now sits atop the Braves’ lineup and will look to continue his surge for the time being.
Carlos Pena: Carlos Pena has been terrible so far this season. His batting average is .181 and last week he hit zero homeruns while driving in no runs. Pena has never been a guy to hit for average, but for being in the league 10 years, I think he should be pulling around a better average than .181. If you are a position player in the majors, there is no reason you should be below the Mendoza line. Personally, I would drop Pena if I were an owner. Sure, he will give you a homerun and a couple RBIs here and there but he is not having a consistent enough season to be in someone’s starting lineup.
Ryan Braun: On the season, Ryan Braun is definitely filling his role spectacularly, but last week was a week to forget about for Braun. He batted .143 (2-14) while driving in zero runs. Part of the reason for a poor week could be the fact that he missed two games due to a bruised left elbow that took a pitch from pitcher Tommy Hanson. Owners, don’t freak because Braun will get his groove back on soon enough.
Matt Wieters: Matt Wieters had a awful last week and looks to build off the solid game he had on Sunday. Wieters has remains a solid catcher with immense potential, but since he is so young he will have his ups and downs on the season. Some scouts and analysts are even saying Wieters has Joe Mauer type potential. Could this be?
Mat Latos: Mat Latos has had two unbelievable starts in his past two outings. His first gem was an eight inning, two hit, nine strikeout performance that resulted in a win. His second start was a complete game, one hit shutout. Ridiculous, coming from the 23-year-old right hander! This kid has all the tools to become a great starter for a long time and is definitely showing his potential early on this season.
Joel Pineiro: Joel Pineiro had a great last week as he pitched twice, throwing 15.1 innings with a complete game win in the mix and allowing zero runs in his two starts while also striking out 12. Pineiro has been a great addition for the Angels since they lost John Lackey to the Red Sox. His veteran leadership will be great to have once the Angels look to make their push for the AL West best record.
Matt Lindstrom: Last week, Matt Lindstrom recorded three saves while allowing no runs and only a couple of hits. Although the Astros have been a poor team this season, Lindstrom has been a bright spot. He has nine saves on the year while his ERA is at a superb 1.56. From the looks of it, Lindstrom should keep the closers role while Brandon Lyon continues to be the setup man.
Dan Haren: Dan Haren was awful last week as he picked up two losses for the Diamondbacks. His first outing was not as bad as his second, but his second resulted in four and a third innings giving up six earned runs on eight hits. His ERA for the week was 8.44 and the D-Backs pitching as a whole continues to struggle.
CC Sabathia: In Sabathia’s one start from last week, he struggles through six innings while allowing six runs. His ERA was 9.00 for the week and he only recorded four strikeouts. This is another bad start in a row for Sabathia, and the Yankee’s ace needs to step it up if they want a shot at the red hot Rays for the division.
Andrew Bailey: Andrew Bailey recorded a blown save and loss in the past week, and also gave up his first two runs of the season. Those runs were the first that Bailey had given up since September of last season. Fret not, he still has a stranglehold on the A’s closer role and should be a reliable option for many owners.