By: James Sargent
Carlos Quentin: White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin was named the AL Player of the Week and it was rightfully so. Quentin, who drove in 11 runs in six games last week, helped spark the White Sox to an 11-game winning streak. The outfielder batted .389 (7-for-18) and delivered five extra-base hits. Quentin also scored five runs and posted a .522 on-base percentage and a 1.111 slugging mark. His four home runs were very encouraging to see as well, and hopefully this will begin to get him out of the slump he has been in for a while.
Rickie Weeks: Rickie Weeks has been on quite a tear as of late, hitting three home runs and driving in 7 RBIs last week. The only thing keeping him from being the ultimate fantasy stud is his lack of stolen bases. He only has four on the season and none over his red-hot stretch. In my opinion, Weeks is definitely living up to his potential and really turning into a power threat as well. He is also developing into a very good defensive second baseman as the years keep rolling.
David Wright: David Wright might be back to being that 30-30 threat that owners had hoped he would. Wright is also leading the NL in RBIs, bringing his total to 61. His average is also back up over .300 as he continues his torrid hitting. His dip in power in 2009 has also been resolved as he now has 14 homers on the year. His defense is spectacular and he seems to be the best all-around third baseman in the game.
Jason Heyward: Jason Heyward is coming off a one hit performance last week and has also just been put on the disabled list. Heyward’s left thumb will be put in a cast for one week and will be eligible to come off the DL during the All Star break. Owners should be happy this is occurring now rather than a more significant injury later down the road. I’m most certain that once he is back healthy, Heyward will be back on his grind and hitting the ball just fine.
Stephen Drew: Stephen Drew had a horrid week and only recorded three hits to show. The month of June in general has just not been a good one for him. He’s batting .221 in 23 games during June and is not producing in the top of the Diamondbacks’ lineup. He also developed a little bit of stiffness in his left knee, but the injury should not plague him too long. He should be back in the lineup Wednesday or Thursday.
Nick Hundley: Nick Hundley had a hitless week while receiving 18 at bats. The young Padres’ catcher has had a decent season so far, but last week was not good at all. With Yorvit Torrealba taking his three-game suspension, Hundley was the only catcher on the roster and needed to make the most of it. With Hundley’s poor week, I’m sure Torrealba will begin to resume to starters role and move Nick back to the bench.
Jamie Moyer: Maybe the old man holds the record for most home runs given up, but Jamie Moyer had one hell of a week for the Phillies. Last week, Moyer threw 15 innings in two starts, picked up two victories and only allowed three earned runs. He also added 12 strikeouts to go along with the quality starts. Believe it or not, Moyer is also leading the team in wins with nine. Grandpa can still pitch and is not a bad commodity to your fantasy team.
Yovani Gallardo: Yovani Gallardo had his perfect game broken up in the sixth inning of his last start but finished with his second career shutout against Minnesota. The right-hander went all nine innings and recorded 12 punch outs in a very dominating start. Gallardo is proving to the Brewers that he can handle the ace’s position of the staff with his 7-3 record and 2.36 ERA. He can also swing the bat very well too, as seen by the three home runs he has on the season.
Heath Bell: What a week for Heath Bell, as he picked up four more saves to make a season total of 21. He also did not allow a single run in the four and one-third innings he pitched. His season ERA is now an astounding 1.93. As long as the Padres continue their winning ways, Bell should certainly continue to be one of the better options for saves in the league.
Tommy Hanson: Tommy Hanson got lit up in the two starts he made last week, and the worst part is that he did not make it out of the fourth inning both times. Hanson gave up a total of 14 earned runs and 21 hits. It’s hard not to wonder if something has fundamentally changed with his health or mechanics. If healthy, I’m sure Hanson can bounce back and get back on his good pitching track and continue to develop into a much more dominant pitcher, even though he already is damn good.
Matt Cain: Matt Cain was knocked around for nine hits and seven runs, both season highs, in a season-low two and two-thirds innings last week. He had an off day and made some mistakes high in the strike zone, but other than that he had good stuff. When Cain keeps the ball low, he is one of the hardest to hit pitchers in the game. Even with the poor start, his ERA stands at 2.72. Cain will get back on track and look to lower that risen ERA.
Carlos Marmol: Carlos Marmol had a terrible last week even in non-save opportunities. He worked three innings and had an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 3.00. Again, I am going to trace this back to my previous article and say that closers have a mind set that usually only works very well for save opportunities. They do not pump themselves up as much as they would normally do and this throws them off of their rhythm. Marmol is having a very good season, and by-and-large has gotten the job done. It’s just too bad he is not getting that many chances.