June 23, 2012 posted by Collin Hager

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, June 24th

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, June 24th
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Will Middlebrooks, Red Sox 3B

You need to set your lineups and the Hit or Ditch post is here to help! Check out what you ned to know heading into the coming week.

Blue Jays (@ Bos, vs. LAA) – Toronto will get two lefties against Boston, which means ditch Colby Rasmus. Jose Bautista is a combined 10-for-58 against Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Ditch J.P. Arencibia as he is 1-for-17 against Boston this year. Hit Yunel Escobar and Rajai Davis as both are hitting well over the last week.

Red Sox (vs. Tor, @ Sea) – Getting hard to ignore Daniel Nava. He is eight for his last 12 and is being inserted into the leadoff role in Boston. Hit him. May not get him every day, but Will Middlebrooks is on fire. Worth hitting even if we only get four of the six games, but the news that Kevin Youkilis is going to be seeing less playing time helps. Ditch Adrian Gonzalez. He just cannot get it going. Dustin Pedroia is three for his last 22.

Indians (@ NYY, @ Bal) – Think it is time to hit Lonnie Chisenhall. He is seven for his last 17 and worth a look. In deeper leagues, Johnny Damon should come off the bench with a five-for-15 run. Ditch Jose Lopez and Jack Hannahan as both struggled over the last seven days and have not hit well on the road of late.

Yankees (vs. Cle, vs. CWS) – Russell Martin is a ditch this week. He has hit just .191 at home this weekend. Curtis Granderson continues to hit home runs, but is hitting only .240 at home (10 home runs) and .231 in the last week. Ditch Raul Ibanez. No other concerns here.

Tigers (@ Tex, @ TB) – Brennan Boesch and Don Kelly are both on the ditch list. Neither has cracked .170 over their last six games. Ramon Santiago is running hot with six hits in his last 16 at-bats. Hit Austin Jackson as well given his .314 mark on the road this season. Ditch Jhonny Peralta as he has struggled of late and has just a .224 road average with just two home runs in 98 at-bats.

Rangers (vs. Det, vs. Oak) – Time to ditch Michael Young if you have not already. Young is just four for his last 21 and has not hit a home run in the last month. Mike Napoli has cooled off dramatically as well, but hard to find a replacement. Hit David Murphy, especially in deeper leagues, given he is seven for his last 15.

Rays (@ KC, vs. Det) – While I think Desmond Jennings will be solid the rest of the way, owners should hold back until he turns around. He is hitting only .208 in his last 24 at-bats and not getting on base enough to utilize his speed. Ditch him. Like Elliot Johnson in deeper leagues as he continues to hit well in the middle infield.

Royals (vs. TB, @ Min) – Eric Hosmer continues to blow hot and cold. At three for his last 18, ditch him this week. Mike Moustakas is running hot right now at .346 over his last six games, so get him active. Alcides Escobar is worth a look as well in deeper leagues.

White Sox (@ Min, @ NYY) – The White Sox hit the road and that is not great news for Gordon Beckham. He has just three home runs and a .229 average in 118 at-bats away from home. Alex Rios has had some success at .292 overall on the road. Ditch Dayan Viciedo. He is struggling lately and just three for his last 15. Like Alexei Ramirez who is nine for his last 18.

Twins (vs. CWS, vs. KC) – Ryan Doumit and Ben Revere hit the ditch list this week. The two are a combined eight for their last 50. Trevor Plouffe may have only two home runs in the last week, but he is eight for his last 21.

Athletics (@ Sea, @ Tex) – Josh Reddick struggled against the National League and has struggled against Texas in six games. He has just one home run and a .208 average. Not much better against Seattle. Calling a ditch here. Like Yoenis Cespedes. He has gone 7-for-12 against the Rangers and has hit well over the last week. In deep leagues, Cliff Pennington can provide some average upside in the middle infield.

Mariners (vs. Oak, vs. Bos) – Dustin Ackley has hit .300 against Oakland and is seven for his last 19 overall. Kyle Seager has two home runs in his last 26 at-bats to go with a .308 average. Good guys to his this week. Michael Saunders has cooled off. Ditch him and his three for 22 streak.

Angels (@ Bal, @ Tor) – Kendrys Morales will get more regular playing time with interleague over, but call him a ditch this week. While one of his last two hits has been a home run, he is only two for his last 18. Erick Aybar is tearing it up and has good upside for those that need a guy to get on base. No surprises on your regulars. All good to go.

Orioles (vs. LAA, vs. Cle) – The Baltimore offense has been awful this week, posting only a .208 average in six games. Like Brian Roberts the rest of the way, but not yet. He has started slow and went only four for 19 in five games. Give him a bit still. Ditch Chris Davis, who is hitless in his last 18 at-bats.

Diamondbacks (@ Atl, @ Mil) – I would ditch Chris Young. He has not been healthy and is hitting only .208 on the road. Aaron Hill and Gerardo Parra both have issues away from home as well. Hill has just three home runs in 119 at-bats with a .210 average. Hit Paul Goldschmidt. In addition to being strong on the road, he has been a top-ten first baseman over the last month.

Braves (vs. Ari, vs. Was) – Jason Heyward is riding an eight-game hitting streak and is hitting .381 over his last six with two home runs. I would ditch Chipper Jones. Jones just has had issues putting the ball in play all season. Dan Uggla has struck out ten times in his last 19 at-bats. I would call him a ditch. No upside yet on Brian McCann.

Pirates (@ Phi, @ Stl) – Pedro Alvarez has started to turn his average around with a 9-for-20 stretch. Better still he has five home runs in that run. In deep leagues, Casey McGehee could be a boost. Neil Walker has struggled, but he is hitting well overall and should still be a hit given how thin second base can be.

Phillies (vs. Pit, @ Mia) – Give John Mayberry a look. Mayberry has three home runs in his last 20 at-bats with a .450 average. Placido Polanco still brings very little for owners. With just four hits and two runs in his last 20 at-bats, not worth hitting.

Brewers (@ Cin, vs. Ari) – Rickie Weeks is not showing much power still, but he has hit .320 in the last six games. Aramis Ramirez is a hit, posting three home runs in his last six games. Hit Nyjer Morgan if you need some hits. His .412 mark in the last five games is worth a look. I would ditch Corey Hart. Good power, but not much in terms of average of late.

Reds (vs. Mil, @ SF) – Zack Cozart has been one of the best shortstops in terms of runs scored in the last 30 days and is hitting .321 in his last six games. Get him active. Not much else to reach for with the guys in Cincinnati. Keep your normal players active but look elsewhere if you need a reach. Not enough action in the offense.

Cardinals (@ Mia, vs. Pit) – Daniel Descalso might be worth a look in deeper leagues. The Cardinals are hitting well as a team and Descalso is at .292 over his last six games. The Cardinals will get both Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay back this week. Hold back on both until there is more understanding of how each will fit in. Allen Craig is struggling of late, but still someone to keep active.

Marlins (vs. Stl, vs. Phi) – John Buck has not hit well against the Phillies nor has Giancarlo Stanton. Buck adds just a .182 average at home. Logan Morrison has just three home runs in 105 road at-bats with a .248 average. Ditch him.

Mets (@ CHC, @ LAD) – The bulk of the news with the Mets offense hovers around the ditch side. No love this week for Ike Davis, Josh Thole, Andres Torres, or Omar Quintanilla. Bad road numbers and rough week. Only Lucas Duda and Scott Hairston stick out as hit options beyond David Wright.

Cubs (vs. NYM, vs. Hou) – Both Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano are just three for their last 23. Soriano does have four home runs in 105 at-bats at home but is hitting only .269 there. Better options available for both. Deep leagues should look at David DeJesus and Tony Campana, both of whom can help in the runs scored department and play well at home.

Padres (@ Hou, @ Col) – Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin are the only viable regular options on the Padres and that remains the same. Quentin has some power upside especially in two hitter-friendly ballparks this week. Yonder Alonso is only one for his last 21. His numbers do not get better on the road, so leave him down.

Astros (vs. SD, @ CHC) – The Astros are up and down and did not fare well against the American League. Taking that into account, hit Jed Lowrie and Jose Altuve. The two are the most consistent options available in Houston.

Nationals (@ Col, @ Atl) – Ryan Zimmerman has been tough to start of late and is only hitting .223 away from home this season. Tough to ditch a high pick, but I would bench him this week. Bryce Harper has four home runs in 23 road games to go with a .313 average. Like him again this week.

Rockies (vs. Was, vs. SD) – With two home runs in his last five games and seven hits in his last 19 at-bats, Wilin Rosario is a good reach for those needing him this week. Get him active. Like Marco Scutaro as well. His .305 average and 27 runs in 35 home games make him worth the look. Hit Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler as well.

Dodgers (@ SF, vs. NYM) – The Dodgers have not hit a home run in their last 187 at-bats as a team. I would ditch Dee Gordon. He continues to struggle to maintain consistency at the plate. The speed is nice, and he is hitting .289 in the last month, but is only four for his last 25 overall.

Giants (vs. LAD, vs. Cin) – Have to buy Brandon Belt. The power is coming along slowly and he is eight for his last 19. You better be hitting Melky Cabrera and while Angel Pagan has struggled against the American League, he is hitting .338 at home this season.


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