Fantasy Baseball: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

By Bryan Jeon

For the week of 5/19-5/25:

Who’s Hot:

Mark Reynolds (Ari 3B) – 9 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB, 5 K, .500 (14-28)

This kid from Double-A finally had his shot after a couple of injuries and is taking advantage of it fully. As of Friday, he is now hitting in the cleanup spot so look for him to get plenty of chances in the D’Backs lineup.

Sergio Mitre (Fla SP,RP) – 14.2 IP, 1-0, 11 K, 1.23 ERA, 0.95 WHIP

Apparently, Mitre’s last start was enough to warrant a pickup in most all formats. He had his last start pushed back to Friday to make way for Dontrelle Willis, but he has far oupitched the ace this season with a 1.89 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in seven starts this season. Look for him to get consistent starts the rest of the season. Can someone say this year’s Anibal Sanchez?

Alan Embree (Oak RP) – 3.1 IP, 0-0, 2 SV, 1 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP

Embree is 2 for 2 in save chances while Huston Street and Justin Duchscherer are both out with injuries. Duchscherer hopes to be back next week, but grab Embree if you’re looking for some cheap saves in the short term.

Who’s Not:

J.D. Drew (Bos OF) – 4 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB, 4 K, .105 (2-19)

I’m sorry but if you still have this overpaid clown on your team, it’s time to cut ties with him. Drew is hitless in his last 14 at-bats and is hitting .161 in his last 25 games. There’s no such rule in fantasy play that states that you have to keep players who make over $10 million a year, especially if they’re overrated busts like Drew. He’s on pace to hit worse than he did two years ago with the Los Angeles Dodgers, when he played just 72 games that season.

Tim Hudson (Atl SP) – 11.1 IP, 0-2, 3 K, 8.74 ERA, 2.03 WHIP

Hudson had his first bad starts of the year, and what a week did he have. First, he got pounded by the Red Sox in interleague play and then to the Philadelphia Phillies, who he dominated a month earlier. His season ERA ballooned from a 1.77 to a 2.79. Hudson is always a must-start, but keep an eye on his next start against the hard-hitting Milwaukee Brewers.

Akinori Otsuka (Tex RP) – 1.0 IP, 0-0, 0 SV, 1 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP

Eric Gagne is back and making a case for himself, converting the Rangers’ lone save in the last three weeks. Otsuka owners should be concerned about the inactivity and split duty, as the Rangers are the worst team in the AL with just 18 wins and 8 team saves (two closers have 17 saves each). With Gagne back, it’s no doubt Otsuka won’t be able to enjoy this year like he did the 32-save season as the full-time closer for Texas last year.

Position eligibility is in accordance with Yahoo! fantasy baseball leagues.

Images courtesy of AP Photo.

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