Jose Reyes is starting to heat up and hopefully for those who took the chance on him that this is the start of something good. Reyes had three hits on Tuesday including a triple, and that gives him four multi-hit games in his last five starts, and he also stole two bases today giving him 11 on the year. The other good news is that Reyes is way too talented to be hitting just .232 and you know that better days are ahead for him.
Nick Markakis hit his third homer of the season on Tuesday, but he has to be considered a resounding disappointment so far in 2010. Since his breakout season in 2007, Markakis' home run numbers have taken a dip in each of the last two seasons, and I have to say that right now he has a chance to make that three straight seasons. He had 18 long balls in 2009 and I am still hopeful that he will make it to that plateau, but I can't say that I am confident. His 15 RBI are also much less than I thought he would have after two months, but at least he is still hitting for a good average as he is hitting .312. I don't think that Markakis would have enough trade value to try to shop him around, so I would keep playing him until he gets hot and then perhaps see what you can get.
Alexei Ramirez was moved to the second spot in the White Sox order today and he responded with two hits including an RBI double. Ramirez has been toiling in the eighth and ninth spots for most of the season, and he has pretty much deserved it with his batting average around .230. But with his RBI today he did get up to 20 on the season and he does have ten doubles so he hasn't been completely awful. He needs to get his batting average up into the .270s to really get back into fantasy player's good graces, but perhaps if this move up in the order is permanent it will help his run scoring and run producing numbers. I am still not in love with Alexei, but I am going to be watching him over the next few days.
Ryan Doumit hit a game-winning ninth inning home run for the Pirates against the Reds, and as usual he has been productive when healthy. Doumit has always had trouble staying healthy throughout his career, and it has stopped him from being a reliable fantasy catcher. In fact he was quoted this spring saying that his number one goal for the 2010 season was to stay healthy. Talk about low expectations. But I guess he knows that he can hit as long as he is out there. He is a risky option to take because of the fact he could be out on any day, but he could give you good numbers while he is in there.
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Mike Leake continues to be very impressive, and I hope at this point that we have talked and written enough about this guy that you have all made a move on him by now. Leake wasn't around for the decision, but he pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run and struck out three. He is still yet to suffer a loss in his short major league career, and his ERA is under 3.00. There will obviously be some bumps in the road along the way, but I think there is no doubt that Mike Leake will continue to be a very good fantasy pitcher for years to come.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey made his first start for the Mets as they continue to deal with more and more injuries to their rotation. He threw six shutout innings and struck out seven against the high powered Phillies offense, but there is absolutely no reason for you to consider Dickey as a fantasy pitcher that you should even be considering for your team. First, I think his time in the rotation is very limited, and second, Dickey has been bouncing back and forth from the majors to the minors throughout his career, so there is no reason to think that all of a sudden he is going to turn into a pitcher worthy of consideration in fantasy. Leave Dickey alone, you won't be sorry.
Vladimir Guerrero is enjoying a major resurgence in 2010, but for some reason I am just not buying that this is going to last all year long. Guerrero had three hits, including two homers, and drove in five runs on Tuesday and is now hitting .347 and already has 42 RBI. He looking like Vlad from early last decade, but at age 35 I just can't see him keeping this up. I mean obviously he isn't going to drive in nearly 200 runs so this pace has to slow but I can see a major slump in his future. I don't think his value will ever be higher and I think your best bet is to try to make a move to trade Guerrero and try to improve your team with younger, better talent.
Rickie Weeks bashed his sixth home run of the season, and it seems that it is more of the same for Weeks at the plate. Throughout his career Weeks has shown plenty of potential, with some great speed and enough pop to make him very enticing to fantasy players. Unfortunately he has always hit for a very poor average, and he has also been incredibly injury prone throughout his career. I have given up on Weeks long ago, but a second baseman with the chance to go 20/20 always grabs people's attention. Right now he is hitting .246, so you would like to see that improve by about 20 points to make him a relevant option in your middle infield.
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