July 1, 2012 posted by Collin Hager

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, July 1st

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, July 1st
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David Ortiz, Red Sox DH

Here we go with your hit or ditch for the first week in July!

Yankees (@ TB, @ Bos) – Alex Rodriguez is hitting only .230 away from home this season and many of his teammates are just as bad. Andruw Jones, Russell Martin, and Raul Ibanez are all on the ditch list. Nick Swisher is one of the best on the team away from home and is hitting .305 in his last six games. You are not likely to ditch Curtis Granderson, but he is just two for his last 21.

Rays (vs. NYY, @ Cle) – Ditch Desmond Jennings. He has continued to struggle since coming off the DL and is hitting just .217 in his last 23 at-bats with just three walks. His ability to generate steals is limited when he cannot get on base. Jeff Keppinger and Ben Zobrist are hot and both should be in lineups this week.

Angels (@ Cle, vs. Bal) – The Angels have seen their offense take off over the last week and that means plenty of players to hit. Torii Hunter, Kendrys Morales, and Howie Kendrick are all good to go. Know that Mark Trumbo has slowed of late but is still certainly a player to start every week.

Indians (vs. LAA, vs. TB) – Cannot say that there is a glowing recommendation to hit Carlos Santana coming. Ditch him. Santana does not have a home run in 68 at-bats this month and has driven in just five runs. Ditching Casey Kotchman as well. Does have three home runs, but just a .239 mark this month. Like Lonnie Chisenhall who has hit .279 with two home runs this month.

Twins (@ Det, @ Tex) – Ben Revere and Ryan Doumit are hitting well enough to keep their bats in the lineup. Doumit is eight for his last 17 while Revere is 11 for his last 28. Not much in terms of power, but some runs and speed available here. Nothing else pretty from the Twins. Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau along with Denard Span are all hitting less than .200 in the last seven games.

Tigers (vs. Min, vs. KC) – Like the numbers from Jhonny Peralta at home. He is not giving a ton of power with just two home runs in 112 at-bats, but he is hitting .304. Opposite is true of Brennan Boesch, who is hitting only .171 at Comerica Park. Give Quintin Berry a look as he has three steals and a home run over his last seven games.

Royals (@ Tor, @ Det) – For those needing help at Catcher, Salvador Perez is worth hitting. In just four games, he went 5-for-16 in four games this week. Mike Moustakas has three home runs and a .318 average in his last 22 at-bats. Ditch Jeff Francoeur and Jarrod Dyson. Neither are hitting well enough to be in lineups.

Blue Jays (vs. KC, @ CWS) – Colby Rasmus has eight home runs this month to go with a .314 average and should be a regular hit at this point. J.P. Arencibia brings power to the table, but with just one home run and eight RBI in June, ditch him. Not a fan of Kelly Johnson either.

Red Sox (@ Oak, vs. NYY) – Cody Ross has been hitting well since coming back. He has two home runs and nine RBI in his last seven games. Hit him. Adrian Gonzalez is on a tear with a .379 mark in the last week, but he is just not showing enough power. With Kevin Youkilis gone, Will Middlebrooks is an everyday player and a guy to hit.

Athletics (vs. Bos, vs. Sea) – Outside of Josh Reddick, just not a lot to like about the offense in Oakland. The team simply is not hitting well. In deeper leagues, hit Yoenis Cespedes, but only if you need five outfielders. Otherwise, there is not enough in Oakland to take a chance on.

Orioles (@ Sea, @ LAA) – After a strong start, Baltimore has slowed down and is coming back to earth. Only Adam Jones at .283 is hitting better than .250 on the road. I would hit J.J. Hardy if I needed some power from Shortstop. Otherwise, he is just not going to give the average. Ditch Brian Roberts just until he starts showing that all is in order. Ditch Chris Davis, but deep leagues give a little look at Steve Pearce.

Mariners (vs. Bal ,@ Oak) – Ditching Jesus Montero. With only one home run on the month and a .188 average in his last five games, time to give him a break. Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager need to ride the bench as well. The two are a combined 4-for-39 in the last six games. Hit Ichiro. He has picked it up of late.

Rangers (@ CWS, vs. Min) – Not that you will ditch, but there are some bad numbers of late for Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton. Mike Napoli is coming around with a .304 average in the last six games. Hit both Michael Young and David Murphy. Both are playing well and Texas with even a few home games this week is a good spot to be.

White Sox (vs. Tex, vs. Tor) – Not easy to say right away, but hit Kevin Youkilis. He is getting regular time in Chicago and is 5-for-12 in his first three games. Alex Rios is on fire and has two home runs in his last 24 at-bats. Give him the start.

Phillies (@ NYM, vs. Atl) – Hunter Pence is hitting south of .200 with just one home runs in 37 at-bats against the Mets this year. Bad numbers from Shane Victorino as well. John Mayberry is running cold, but he has hit both the Mets and Braves well, though only a couple games against Atlanta so far. In deep leagues, give him a shot.

Mets (vs. Phi, vs. CHC) – Dan Murphy is hitting .314 at home this season and is six for his last 18 overall with two home runs. Justin Turner has a .320 mark at home and a .308 average over his last six. Like both for hits this week. Ike Davis is getting closer to hit status, especially with three home runs in his last 22 at-bats, but he is still hitting just .125 at home this season.

Giants (@ Was, @ Pit) – Calling a ditch on both Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford. Belt has struck out seven times in his last 21 at-bats while Crawford is hitting just .190 in a 21 at-bat stretch. Pablo Sandoval is back at it and should be a hit for anyone that was holding him out. Like Gregor Blanco this week as well.

Nationals (vs. SF, vs. Col) – Michael Morse is playing with hamstring tightness but has hit .387 over his last seven games. Ryan Zimmerman is back at it as well, hitting .290 with two home runs in his last 31 at-bats. Ditch Adam LaRoche as he is hitting only .217 over the last week. Not a fan of Danny Espinosa either.

Astros (@ Pit, vs. Mil) – Houston is back to struggling. Chris Johnson is hitting the ball well as he has a home run and seven RBI over his last seven games. Otherwise, I would hit Jed Lowrie because of the power potential but avoid the rest of your Astros where you can. Pittsburgh is a top team in pitching while the Brewers are no slouches.

Pirates (vs. Hou, vs. SF) – You should be hitting Pedro Alvarez by now. If you are not, his six home runs and .263 average in June should have you re-thinking that. Not hurting people with those numbers right now. As always, Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen are the other options owners should look at.

Cubs (@ Atl, @ NYM) – Definitely one of those guys that think Anthony Rizzo should be in fantasy lineups at least in deeper leagues. Hit Alfonso Soriano as well as David DeJesus. For middle infield help, Darwin Barney is hitting .350 in his last 20 at-bats. Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto are on the ditch list here.

Braves (vs. CHC, @ Phi) – Dan Uggla is going on the ditch list. With just three June home runs and a .156 average, there has to be something better to put out there. Jason Heyward is ten for his last 24 with two home runs. Like Martin Prado and Freddie Freeman as well.

Marlins (@ Mil, @ Stl) – The Marlins hit the road, and being away from home has not been kind to Hanley Ramirez or Jose Reyes. Ramirez is hitting just .197 outside of Miami. He does have six home runs in 137 at-bats. Reyes is at .231 while Gaby Sanchez is hitting sub-.150. I would ditch them and John Buck where you can. Obviously you play your studs, but there are some issues here. Ramirez has been hot, but all those games came at home this past week.

Brewers (vs. Mia, @ Hou) – No major surprises, but good to see that Norichika Aoki could provide some help in deep leagues. Aoki is hitting .348 with five runs scored and five steals over his last six games. Worth giving a look. Still not hitting Rickie Weeks. The numbers are not there to see he is completely out of his funk.

Rockies (@ Stl, @ Was) – Mixed bag for the Rockies outside of Denver. Hit Wilin Rosario as he has five home runs and a .301 average on the road. Be careful with Dexter Fowler who is at .209 with just two home runs. Michael Cuddyer shows five home runs but just a .223 average outside of Coors Field.

Cardinals (vs. Col, vs. Mia) – Like Matt Carpenter this week. He is six for his last 18 and has hit the ball well at home. Otherwise, stick with what you know. David Freese and your regulars are going to be good hits overall. One interesting ditch would be Rafael Furcal as he is hitting just .188 in the last week and .192 for June.

Padres (@ Ari, vs. Cin) – Another feast or famine type player, Yonder Alonso is going well lately and should be a guy to hit, especially given some road contests this week. Carlos Quentin is the best option otherwise. Cameron Maybin has struggled, so ditch him. Not liking what is coming out of Jesus Guzman either.

Diamondbacks (vs. SD, vs. LAD) – Holding off on Stephen Drew right now. Like what he can bring, but want to be certain that he is healthy enough to play every day. Ditch Ryan Roberts as well given his recent 3-for-20 swing. Chris Young is starting to show signs of power with two home runs in his last 14 at-bats, but he still has just three hits in that stretch. Hit Willie Bloomquist who is having himself a good run in June (.338 in 77 at-bats).

Reds (@ LAD, vs. SD) – Still believe that Zack Cozart will be a good play the rest of the way, but he is just two for his last 25. Ditch him for now. Love Brandon Phillips, but I would watch his health after taking a shot to the head while fielding. He has been out of the lineup enough to be called day-to-day. Daily leagues should be in read-and-react mode on him.

Dodgers (vs. Cin, @ Ari) – Andre Ethier is not going on the DL but has hit the ball well of late. If there are other options, use them. Jerry Hairston is hitting .364 over his last seven games and could be some help there. Ditching Dee Gordon again. Just not getting on base enough to use his speed as a benefit.


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