By Bryan Jeon
For the week of 6/18-6/24:
Reggie Willits (LAA OF) – 5 R, O HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB, .440 (11-25)
The Halos’ new leadoff hitter knows how to get on base with a .343 season average, good for third in the AL. This year’s Freddy Sanchez has also got some quick feet with 18 stolen bases, and is a sure everyday player this point forward.
Yovani Gallardo (Mil SP) – 13.1 IP, 1-0, 12 K, 2.70 ERA, 1.05 WHIP
One of the Brewers’ top pitching prospects has put up two quality starts his first time in the big leagues. Get him now as a temporary starter if he’s available; he’ll pitch until at least when Chris Capuano comes back, which could be as early as next week.
Bob Howry (ChC RP) – 4.1 IP, 0-1, 2 SV, 6 K, 2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP
As with Gallardo, Howry is a fill-in for an injured Ryan Dempster. He has converted saves on consecutive nights over the weekend, and with an apparent setback in Dempster’s recovery from coming back on Monday, Howry could play the role of closer for a little while longer. Get him now if he’s available.
Felix Pie (ChC OF) – 1 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB, .105 (2-19)
Two weeks ago, the rookie was playing well in the 2-hole, in between Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lee, since he was brought back to be the Cubs’ everyday centerfielder. He had six stolen bases in 12 games, but now is mired in a 2 for 23 slump, demoting his place in the lineup to the eighth spot, while not recording a steal in his last six games.
Josh Johnson (Fla SP, RP) – 6.2 IP, 0-2, 5 K, 14.85 ERA, 3.60 WHIP
The right-handed starter for The Fish has had two terrible starts in his long-awaited season debut after a solid rookie campaign. Fantasy experts still expect Johnson to post numbers similar to his 3.10 ERA and 1.30 WHIP last year, but I’m calling sophomore slump on this 23-year-old pitcher trying to make a comeback from an elbow injury that sidelined him until now.
Antonio Alfonseca (Phi RP) – 2.0 IP, 0-0, 0 K, 4.50 ERA, 3.00 WHIP
Alfonseca’s stock is dropping by the day, as he hasn’t recorded a save since June 11. On top of that and most importantly, Tom Gordon and/or Brett Myers are inching their way towards a return as early as next week. Sell Alfonseca while he’s still worth something.
Position eligibility is in accordance with Yahoo! fantasy baseball leagues.
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