By: James Sargent
Troy Glaus: The homerun ball has been a frequent occurrence coming off the bat of Troy Glaus as of late. Last week, Glaus hit five homeruns and drove in 12 RBIs in a monstrous return to his “old” self. He is a definite must play for anyone’s team either at first base or the utility spot, and Atlanta’s general manager is looking like a genius for signing him now. If Glaus can stay injury-free for the rest of the season, look for more of these power weeks to come.
Colby Rasmus: Colby Rasmus, the young outfielder for the Cardinals, had an unfortunate injury pull him from Sunday’s game. Left calf tightness was the reason for his removal and the end to a great week for Rasmus. Luckily, he is reported as day-to-day and should start in the next couple of days. Going back to last week, Rasmus batted .500 while also hitting three homeruns and driving in nine runs. The 23-year-old is definitely paying off for the Cardinals and is making the most of his second full year in the “bigs.”
Bill Hall: What a week for Red Sox utility man, Bill Hall! He went 7-for-19 with eight runs scored, a homer and five runs driven in. When called upon, Hall has produced for the ‘Sox, but it looks like he will just not get enough consistent playing time to be a fantasy option. In order for Bill Hall to be beneficial, someone needs to go down with an injury. But all-in-all, Bill Hall had a great week and will continue to give a little here and a little there when needed.
Cold Batters (injured players)
Grady Sizemore: Every year I take a look at the rankings for fantasy baseball before the season and Grady Sizemore is always up in the top twenty. Now, this is the first season I haven’t had Sizemore on my team, but to me, I always feel that he is a complete letdown and starting to now be very injury prone. Sizemore, as like last year, is out for the season again, having just completed successful left knee surgery. I understand he is a three-time All-Star and just hitting his prime age, but I feel he is overrated. Good luck on completing a full 2011 season Sizemore, you’re going to need it.
Jacoby Ellsbury: Jacoby Ellsbury has been on the disabled list most of the season, only playing in nine games. The Red Sox outfielder is trying very hard to come back and stay healthy, but the collision he suffered early in the season is still very much bothering him. There is still time for Ellsbury to put up decent numbers on the season, and I think if Boston wants a playoff birth, Ellsbury must play.
Jimmy Rollins: Jimmy Rollins has had a very disappointing season to say the least and the Phillies could really use his leadoff bat. Rollins is on the disabled list with a strained right calf but does look to come back soon. In the 12 games Rollins has played, he has put up good numbers. He was batting .341 with two homeruns and seven RBIs, and will look to provide a spark for a slumping Philadelphia team. Keep an eye on Rollins for his return and be ready for the shortstop to get back to his regular form.
Hot Pitchers (Armando Gallaraga was already touched on)
Felipe Paulino: Felipe Paulino was finally rewarded for his efforts last week as he picked up his first win on the season against the Cubs. Paulino has pitched much better than his record shows, but the Astros’ lineup just will not give him the run support he has needed. Last week, Paulino threw eight innings of one run baseball and showed off his entire arsenal. He recorded seven strikeouts and only allowed five hits as well. Spot starting would be the only reason for picking up Paulino if you need a starting pitcher.
Tommy Hunter: Texas starting pitcher, Tommy Hunter, had a brilliant first game. He threw a complete game while only allowing one run to pick up the victory. Hunter began the season on the disabled list and was called up just the day before to make the start. With the game Hunter just threw, I’m almost positive he will stay up in the majors and earn a few more starts.
Kerry Wood: Kerry Wood was outstanding last week and helped the Indians lock down some wins they might have blown early on in the season. Wood recorded two saves and did not allow an earned run. Wood is not a player I recommend adding since his saves will be very random and will not be consistent. Playing for Cleveland is tough and I doubt if Wood tops the 25 save mark on the year.
Cole Hamels: Putting Cole Hamels in the cold pitchers list is a little aggressive of me because his last outing only lasted two-thirds of an inning due to a rain delay, but nonetheless he started off horribly. Troy Glaus tagged Hamels for a three run shot and then the rain began to fall even harder. After the delay, Atlanta send Tim Hudson back out, but Hamels did not get the nod to return. Hamels will be pitching back at home and will surely last longer than his last game.
Roy Oswalt: Roy Oswalt has had two rough outings in a row, and, while his ejection in his last start may be questionable, Oswalt’s trade request could be the reasons for his struggles and temperament. Oswalt has had a very respectable season, but last week he allowed ten runs in nine and one-third innings. With the season the Astros are having, who wouldn’t want to leave that organization?
Mark Buehrle: In Mark Buehrle’s last two starts, he allowed six runs in both and did not pitch longer than six innings. His week ERA was 12.96 and his WHIP was a horrid 2.88. For the season, Buehrle is not providing for what an ace of a pitching staff should. He is 3-6 with a 5.40 ERA on the season and is still searching for an explanation for this awful year. If Buehrle was one of your top pitchers selected in your draft, like he was in mine, drop him now but keep an eye on him incase of a turnaround season.