Is it just me, or are there more sub .200 hitters in mid-May than usual? Are you wondering what to do with B.J. Upton? Hoping Jason Heyward found himself while on the disabled list? Has Paul Konerko finally hit the wall? The resurgence of Adam LaRoche gives us hope that its a long season and the numbers usuallybalance out. Pitching is much more volatile with Kevin Slowey suddenly a disaster for your staff, while Jarrod Parker is finally delivering as many expected. Hang in there.... its a long way to October!
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Joel Peralta Tampa Bay RP- Are the Rays finally giving up on Fernando Rodney? Peralta has solid numbers on the season, but struggled in two appearances late in the week, despite the save. Tampa coaches insist they aren't worried about Rodney.... yet. Peralta seems next in line, although Jake McGee could also be an option.
Koji Uehara Boston RP- Uehara picked up a save, but Andrew Bailey may return on Monday. Uehara only had a shot as Junichi Tazawa was held out due to multiple innings of work the night before. Even with the return of Bailey, Uehara has a sub 1 WHIP (0.90) and 23 strikeouts in 16 innings.
Vinnie Pestano Cleveland RP- Chris Perez had some discomfort, Pestano worthy of a shot? Pestano returned from the disabled list (elbow) on Friday and stepped right in for a win. Pestano has the stuff to close and at the very least, the way the Tribe is playing, stands to pickup some cheap wins.
David Hernandez Arizona RP- Will Heath Bell hold up? Hernandez is a solid option just in case. Hernandez has a long track record of reliability in short relief for the Diamondbacks and should be next in line when Bell falters. Hernandez hasn't given up a run since the first of the month and will pickup wins and holds while you wait.
David Phelps NY Yankees SP- Phelps has pitched well and Andy Pettitte's injury solidifies his spot in the rotation. Phelps has back to back quality starts and is averaging more than a strikeout per inning. His numbers on the season won't catch you, but this is a pitcher on the rise on a first place team.
Jorge DeLaRosa Colorado SP- As a rule of thumb, I stay away from Rockies pitchers, but DeLaRosa deserves a look. DeLaRosa was knocked around on Friday night, but he didn't allow a run in his two previous starts covering 13 innings. In nine starts this season, opponents were held scoreless in four of them.
Brandon McCarthy Arizona SP- Is he finally coming around after last season's unfortunate setback? McCarthy was cut in leagues nationwide after a horrible April. On Sunday against the Phillies, McCarthy scattered seven hits without a walk over eight shutout innings. I'd like to see him do it again, but he bears watching.
Chris Tillman Baltimore SP- One of the Birds young arms appears to have arrived! Tillman was roughed up Opening Week, but since then hasn't given up more than three runs in any of his starts. Tillman has allowed only 16 earned runs over seven starts, but has had control problems, issuing 20 bases on balls.
John Jay OF St.Louis- Jay realizes that he has Oscar Taveras looking over his shoulder. After struggling in April, Jay is raking at a .400 clip in May. Jay has added four home runs and 21 RBI and is the Cardinals only real defensive option in center field. Jay has only one steal thus far and figures to pick up the pace.
Gerardo Parra OF Arizona- Parra doing what it takes to remain a factor in a crowded Arizona outfield. Need average? Parra has been consistent all season long, currently at .327. Over the last twelve days, Parra is 18-for-43, only going hitless in one start. Parra doesn't bring big power or speed, but won't kill you either, on pace for double figures in both categories.
Andy Dirks OF Detroit- Finally achieving pre-season expectations? The Tigers remain reluctant to play Dirks against left handers, but he continues to rake against right handers. Over the past two weeks, Dirks is hitting .333 with three home runs, eight RBI and a couple of steals.
Kurt Suzuki C Washington- We know he is going to get lots of at bats, at least into June. Suzuki is a solid stop-gap, especially if you have Wilson Ramos. Suzuki may also be a good option if you have a part time backstop that just isn't getting the at bats. Suzuki sits at .296 on the season and is worth your while if he can maintain that clip.
Chris Carter 1B/OF Oakland- Lots of power if you can handle the strikeouts and low average. Carter continues to drive the ball with nine home runs and 22 RBI on the season. Make sure you can handle the average as he stands at .220 and leads the league in strikeouts on a pace of 230 on the season.
Brandon Belt 1B San Francisco- Finally coming around and brings usual speed to the position. Belt has reall been ripping the ball this week with a pair of home runs, six RBI and a .429 batting average. Despite the slow start, Belt has five home runs, 21 RBI and a couple of steals. Lots of upside here.
Omar Infante 2B Detroit- Not sexy, but reliable for your batting average. I made the mistake of trading Infante when he was cold and acquiring Daniel Murphy when he was hot. Murphy woke back up this week, but Infante has been white hot over the past month. How about a .341 average with three home runs, ten RBI and a pair of steals.
Marco Scutaro 2B/SS San Francisco- If someone in your league dropped him, grab him now! Scutaro not only brings eligibility at both middle infield positions, he is hitting like we expected. After a terrible start, Scutaro is hitting .359 over the past month with a homer and six RBI.
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