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Red Sox (vs. Det, @ Tor) â€“ Though Adrian Gonzalez has hit better in May, he is just five for his last 27. David Ortiz has had his problems at 4-for-24 in his last seven games and was just 1-for-10 against Toronto earlier this season. Mike Aviles has been good of late, but is hitting just .243 against Toronto and .231 against Detroit since 2009. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is on fire, so hit him.
Tigers (@ Bos, vs. NYY) â€“ Austin Jackson being on the DL secures more playing time for Andy Dirks. Hit him as he has been going strong in May with a .338 average. Hit Brennan Boesch. Though frustrating, he is hitting.318 in his last 22 at-bats. Ditch Alex Avila as he continues to struggle.
Yankees (@ LAA, @ Det) â€“ Some of the best Yankees have struggled on the road. Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, Nick Swisher, and Mark Teixeira are all hitting below .221. Certainly ditch Ibanez and Swisher being close given his 3-for-21 skid.
Angels (vs. NYY, vs. Tex) â€“ Ditch Mark Trumbo. With just four hits in his last 30 at-bats, there are better options available. Hit Erick Aybar and Mike Trout. Aybar is hitting well of late while Trout has hit better than .300 in his last seven games and is at .316 at home this season.
Athletics (@ Min, @ KC) â€“ Oakland has been a miserable road team away from home, hitting a collective .217. Not much to like about that one. Worse still, they are hitting just .181 as a team over the last week. Ditch them all where you can.
Twins (vs. Oak, @ Cle) â€“ Take the chance and hit Justin Morneau. He is at .273 over his last 22 at-bats with three home runs. Josh Willingham has been the best of what the Minnesota offense has had to offer but he is only four for his last 23. Ditch him this week.
White Sox (@ TB, vs. Sea) â€“ Ditch Alexei Ramirez. His .143 average in his last six games makes him an easy call to sit down. Nothing good out of him at all this season. Hit Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios. The numbers have been strong enough to keep them active.
Rays (vs. CWS, vs. Bal) â€“ Elliot Johnson is 5-for-10 against the Orioles in three games this year. Carlos Pena is a tough case. In the leadoff spot, he gets on base, but he is only three for his last 19. Ditch Ben Zobrist and Pena if you have another option. Hit Luke Scott who is on fire at .350 in his last 20 at-bats.
Royals (@ Cle, vs. Oak) â€“ While always frustrating, hit Jeff Francoeur this week. He is hitting .360 in his last 25 at-bats with two home runs. Ditch Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon is you have better options. They are hitting .208 and .182 respectively in their last six games.
Indians (vs. KC, vs. Min) â€“ Jason Kipnis has been strong, but he is hitting just .202 at home in 104 at-bats. In fact, only Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jose Lopez are hitting better than .280 at home. Ditch Kipnis given that and his 1-for-10 mark against the Twins. Hit Michael Brantley. His .320 average in 25 at-bats against the Royals is worth the shot.
Orioles (@ Tor, @ TB) â€“ Chris Davis has raked on the road and has been hitting well of late. Keep him in the lineup. Matt Wieters is struggling at one for his last 16 and has not hit well away from Camden Yards, but not many better options for him.
Blue Jays (vs. Bal, @ Bos) â€“ Colby Rasmus is finally gaining some traction with five hit in his last 15 at-bats. Hit him this week. If you are still holding on to Adam Lind, ditch him. Bad number against Boston and bad numbers of late (when he is in the lineup). Brett Lawrie has pounded the Orioles so far this year.
Mariners (@ Tex, @ CWS) â€“ The Mariners have largely given up on Chone Figgins and so should everyone else. Dustin Ackley has had problems of late with just five hits in his last 28 at-bats. Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak, and Michael Saunders all need to be on the ditch list. None are hitting better than .225 in their last seven and only Seager (.304) is hitting better than .250 at home.
Rangers (vs. Sea, @ LAA) â€“ Starting to get harder to play Mike Napoli. At just one for his last 13, ditch him only if there is a better option on your roster. Elvis Andrus is hitting only .240 in his last seven and .125 against the Rangers in six games. Ditch him.
Cardinals (@ Atl, @ NYM) â€“ A lot to like about the Cardinals away from home. Only Daniel Descalso and Matt Carpenter look to be issues. Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran are both on fire so keep them active. I have to say that I am growing more skeptical on David Freese. At four for his last 20, ditch him again this week.
Braves (vs. STL, @ Was) â€“ Some true problems in Atlanta. Jason Heyward still cannot seem to get it together. He has only four hits in 22 at-bats over his last seven games. Ditch him. The team as a whole is hitting only .211 in their last seven games. Outside of Martin Prado, no one is setting the world on fire of late. Hit Freddie Freeman and Michael Bourn, but find options elsewhere otherwise.
Phillies (@ NYM, vs. Mia) â€“ Freddy Galvis is swinging a hot bat and is a combined 9-for-25 against this weekâ€™s opponents. Hunter Pence is a ditch candidate with his .160 mark in 25 at-bats against them, but he is 6-for-12 in the three games against the Marlins.
Mets (vs. Phi, vs. StL) â€“ Dan Murphy actually leads the Mets in batting average at home, so look to him if needed. Ike Davis and Justin Turner continue to be problems in their last seven games with averages below .185. Andres Torres is a ditch as well. One hit in 18 at-bats over seven games will do that.
Nationals (@ Mia, vs. Atl) â€“ When you see Adam LaRoche and Rick Ankiel at a combined 4-for-40 over their last six games, you have to think ditch. Definitely there with Ankiel but LaRoche needs to be cut some slack. One bad week. Good numbers the rest of the way for the Nationals so keep rolling with them.
Marlins (vs. Was, @ Phi) â€“ The marlins are on fire over the last week. Only look to ditch Logan Morrison given his two hits in 23 at-bats. The rest of the team has found ways to get on base. It is what we expected to happen earlier in the season and now it has finally developed.
Reds (@ Pit, @ Hou) â€“ Zack Cozart and his .176 average away from home should not scare you. He has pounded the ball against the Pirates and Astros in the early going. Ryan Hanigan and Chris Heisey have strong numbers as does Drew Stubbs.
Pirates (vs. Cin, @ Mil) â€“ Ditch Neil Walker. Rough numbers against the Reds and worse numbers in the last week. Still ditching Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez as well. The homerun-or-nothing numbers are a problem. Like Josh Harrison this week as he is seven for his last 23.
Padres (@ CHC, vs. Ari) â€“ Time to start getting behind Yonder Alonso. He is missed because of the whole San Diego thing but is ten for his last 25 and hitting .354 in May. Will Venable and Jesus Guzman are having similar months and should be given a shot where there may be a need.
Cubs (vs. SD, @ SF) â€“ Bryan LaHair has slowed dramatically and has just one hit in his last 14 at-bats. Struggles for Darwin Barney as well as Alfonso Soriano. Hit Reed Johnson and David DeJesus. Both have hit better than .300 this week and have had solid months.
Astros (@ Col, vs. Cin) â€“ Still look at hitting Jed Lowrie and Chris Johnson. There are good numbers here over the last week and both have been strong in the early part of the season. Jose Altuve has struggled, but give him a chance to come around. Like what J.D. Martinez did this week, but concerned about the three weeks prior. Ditch him.
Rockies (vs. Hou, vs. LAD) â€“ The Rockies are a good hitting team at home and that fact should keep your regulars in the lineup. Watch out for Todd Helton with his .239 mark at Coors Field. He is the only major concern in this matchup.
Diamondbacks (@ SF, @ SD) â€“ Ryan Roberts at .333 in May and Paul Goldschmidt at .294 need to be back on everyoneâ€™s hit list right now. Jason Kubel has slowed down with just a .227 mark and no home runs in 75 at-bats this month. Ditch him. Keep Aaron Hill down there with him. One home run and a .231 average for the month cause a problem here.
Giants (vs. Ari, vs. CHC) â€“ Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera are two of the best hitters the Giants have at home and both are among the best in the last week. Cabrera is 14 for his last 29 while Pagan is at .300 in the last seven days. Not bad numbers at all. Ditch Brandon Belt until he gets enough time and confidence to produce.
Brewers (@LAD, vs. Pit) â€“ Have to say that ditching Rickie Weeks is still on the forecast for this week. His 3-for-20 showing in the last five games and .116 average this May will do that for a guy. Hit Jonathan Lucroy who is hitting as one of the top catchers in baseball.