Happy Hump Day as another week of fantasy baseball has reached its midpoint, and as always there is a ton going on. We have a struggling superstar who seems to be finally righting the ship, while an elite middle infielder has still yet to find his way. A stud pitcher seems to have turned the corner, while an oft injured hurler throws himself a great outing. We have a catcher coming out of nowhere all of a sudden, a speedster flying under the radar, and a pitcher just returning from the minors who looked good, and so much more on Wednesday's edition of Rounding The Bases.
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Mat Latos is finally showing signs of life, and on Wednesday he was VERY alive. Latos had by far the best start of his season as he went eight innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, allowing just one run and striking out seven. This is two of his last three starts that he has allowed just one run, and in four of his last six he hasn't allowed more than two earned runs. He has also struck out 20 batters over that span and appears to be back on track to be the successful pitcher he was last year. The time to buy low on Latos may have passed.
Dan Uggla's struggles continue as he had another 0-5 on Wednesday, dropping his average to a horrendous .180. However, you have to remain patient with this guy and believe in his talent and know that he is going to do better than this start to the season. Uggla still does have seven home runs so he is still giving you a little bit of power, but while he isn't going to hit .280 like he did last season, he isn't going to hit .180 either. The hot streak for Uggla is somewhere on the horizon, I just don't know the exact day it will begin.
Carl Crawford his his second home run in three days, and you have to believe that this is the start of what we have been waiting for these first eight weeks of the season. Caaaal Crawfid (sorry, that is my best attempt at spelling in a Boston accent) is starting to gain some fans in Beantown as he has his average up to .229 which doesn't sound good, but he has raised that average 20 points in the last ten games. Like Latos, the time to buy low on Crawford might have come and gone, but maybe take one last shot at it.
Much like Crawford, another Red Sox player is heating up, and it would never be who you would think. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who I never have given the time of day to this season, He hit his fourth home run of the season, and all four of them have come since May 15th. The guy was always a highly touted prospect, but always had trouble with his plate discipline and consistency. I can't say that I totally have jumped on the Salty bandwagon, but at worst he is worth keeping on your roster, and if you are struggling at all at the catcher position, he is worth a short term addition.
Mike Minor is back in the majors for the Atlanta Braves, and fared quite well for himself in his second start of the season. Minor allowed just one run over 5.2 innings and struck out five. Even though he got tattooed in a start in April, Minor is a highly touted prospect for the Braves, who have a history of producing good pitchers. Minor gets you a pretty good number of strikeouts, even though he isn't one of the elite guys at the position. I wouldn't pick him up just yet, but if he has a solid matchup his next time out I would consider using him as a streamer. You can rent Minor, with the option to own.
He might be flying a little under the radar, but Rajai Davis is having himself a great season since coming back from injury. He has hit safely in nine of the last ten games, and has has 13 stolen bases in just 30 games. I imagine the way that speed is limited that Davis isn't available in leagues, but if he is I would grab him if you can as he will hit for a decent enough average and run as much as he can.
Gordon Beckham is finally starting to heat up a little for all of you who still have faith in him, even though I know that number isn't as high as it once was. He had two singles on Wednesday, but that is now eight hits in the last six games, and while he isn't driving in any runs yet, that will come as he continues to put the ball in play. If he is on your waiver wire I still content he is worth adding (I am on his bandwagon), and if he is already on your team it is time to start considering putting him back into your starting lineups. Beckham should continue to improve, and with that will come the homers and the RBI.
I dislike this guy from a fantasy perspective so much that I hate to even write about him, but I have to point out that Erik Bedard threw a good game on Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins. He threw six shutout innings and struck out four. I really don't like Bedard because of his LONG injury history and not to mention that he plays for a team that doesn't score a lot of runs. I can't argue with the fact that this is a good start, but I can at least crap on it by saying it was against the worst offense in the American League. If you own Bedard I would try to trade him every chance I got.
Did I mention that I heart Jay Bruce? I mean I really <3 me some Jay Bruce! Bruce had three hits against the Philadelphia Phillies, including the game winning home run (even if it was a bit controversial), and now has 36 RBI on the year. Bruce has a real shot at 30 home runs and 100 RBI, and I am right in the front row of his bandwagon. Won't you join me please?
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