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May 6, 2012 posted by Collin Hager

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch for Week of May 7th

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch for Week of May 7th
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Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 3B

Here we go…your hit or ditch coming right now.

Red Sox (@ KC, vs. Cle) – Hard to think about ditching Adrian Gonzalez, but something does not look right. He is just two for his last 22. Dustin Pedroia hit over .400 against the Royals and .300 against Cleveland last season. Ditch Mike Aviles. He is only five for his last 28.

Royals (vs. Bos, @ CWS) – For now, ditch Eric Hosmer is you have another option; slow start and he is only three for his last 21. Hit Jeff Francoeur. While streaky, he has hit over .300 in the last week and is worth it against Boston and Chicago. Roll with Mike Moustakas as well. Nothing not to like about his performance lately.

White Sox (@ Cle, vs. KC) – Chicago’s offense has struggled. Ditch A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez. Both have struggled lately (below .200 in the last seven days) and neither hit Cleveland well (south of .235 in 50-plus at-bats). Too much risk with not enough upside to keep active. Hit Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko. They are about all Chicago has right now.

Indians (vs. CWS, @ Bos) – Hit Jason Kipnis. He is red-hot right now and hitting over .400 in his last 24 at-bats. In deeper leagues, Michael Brantley is still worth a play as the Cleveland outfield continues to be sorted out. Ditch Shin-Soo Choo this week. His health may not be a major concern, but his timing and his ability to come back should be a question.

Rangers (@ Bal, vs. LAA) – Likely hard to find better options on your roster, but both Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz should be ditched where possible. Napoli is only two for his last 16 while Cruz is just four for his last 25. Need a reach? Mitch Moreland has been hot and is getting some playing time.

Orioles (vs. Tex, vs. TB) – Have to love the Orioles at home right now. Hit Chris Davis until he cools off. Tough to keep his bat down right now. Lot of injuries at third base, but ditch Mark Reynolds. Hitting only .200 at home without a home run in 29 at-bats.  Similar struggles for J.J. Hardy, so ditch him where you can.

Angels (@ Min, @ Tex) – The Angels have had issues on the road. Hit Torii Hunter and Mark Trumbo, but best to find other options for any fringe players here. In 12 road games, the Angels are hitting just .212 as a team.

Twins (vs. LAA, vs. Tor) – Hit Denard Span, Josh Willingham, Ryan Doumit. All have played very well at home and hit well this week. Keep them active. Ditch Justin Morneau. Morneau has really struggled at home, hitting only .159 in 44 at-bats. He is also just two for his last 11, making him a tough call. Better options are out there.

Tigers (@ Sea, @ Oak) – At just .250 in his last 16 at-bats and struggling at .241 overall, ditch Jhonny Peralta this week. Brennan Bosch has some ugly numbers early on, but he has hit nearly .300 on the road and is at .286 in his last five games. Hit Austin Jackson until he cools off.

Mariners (vs. Det, @ NYY) – A couple tough pitching staffs for a team hitting only .237 overall. If you are looking, hit Alex Liddi instead of Kyle Seager. Ditch Chone Figgins and Justin Smoak. Just nothing to like about what is going on there.

Rays (@ NYY, @ Bal) – Tampa hits the road this week where they have largely hit well. The loss of Evan Longoria should help Matt Joyce. He has moved to the middle of the lineup and should get more RBI chances as a result. Hit him for certain.

Yankees (vs. TB, vs. Sea) – As bad as Alex Rodriguez has been, he is hitting .362 at home. Again, a lot of problems at Third Base, but Rodriguez could save a few owners here. Keep hitting Nick Swisher. If there is a red flag, it continues to be Mark Teixeira, who is hitting just .239 at home and is only three for his last 26. Probably no better options for Robinson Cano, but another player hitting sub-.230 at home for New York.

Blue Jays (@ Oak, @ Min) – Hit Kelly Johnson this week as his average is starting to come around enough to match his power. Brett Lawrie is seeing better numbers over his last seven games as well. Ditch Adam Lind. Still way too many problems to get him into a lineup.

Athletics (vs. Tor, vs. Det) – The A’s return home and their offense has improved in the last week. Hit Josh Reddick. Reddick is nine for his last 24 with two home runs. There continues to be limited overall numbers, but the outfielder is a good place to start.

Mets (@ Phi, @ Mia) – Going to tell you to keep ditching Ike Davis. He continues to show no signs of life and is only a dead weight at a position that should be a strength.  Hit Ruben Tejada. While you may not get a ton of power, he is 13 for his last 28. Not a bad find in the middle infield and certainly worth an additional look.

Phillies (vs. NYM, vs. SD) – The usual suspects may not be carrying the Phillies, but hit Carlos Ruiz, Ty Wigginton, and Placido Polanco. All three have been on fire over the last week and can certainly help out. Wigginton is also hitting .348 on the road this season. Jimmy Rollins has not been great, but he is a .375 hitter on the road so far in 2012.

Braves (@CHC, @ Stl) – On the road this week, you should hit Dan Uggla. The infielder is hitting .280 outside of Atlanta right now. Watch out for Brian McCann and his .205 mark on the road. Tyler Pastornicky  is hitting .333 in the last seven games and is not a bad reach in deeper formats. Jason Heyward has had his problems going just two for his last 15.

Cubs (vs. Atl, @ Mil) – If you are not already, time to hit Bryan LaHair. Ditch David DeJesus and his .167 mark in his last 24 at-bats. You can likely find better options for Geovany Soto as well. Hit Tony Campana in NL-only formats and Alfonso Soriano is hitting .300 in the last five games.

Marlins (@ Hou, vs. NYM) – I hate to do this to a star, but ditch Hanley Ramirez. He is hitting just .198 on the season and is just four for his last 28. While driving in runs, that is all he is doing. Ditch Gaby Sanchez and Logan Morrison as well as Emilio Bonifacio. Just been a rough run for the Miami offense.

Astros (vs. Mia, @ Pit) – Seems like a few favorable matchups here. Hit Jose Altuve and Jed Lowrie. When Lowrie gets going, he is hard to stop. At 11 for his last 21, he is on one of those tears that you need to ride. Ditch J.D. Martinez for this week after a .105 performance in his last six games.

Reds (@ Mil, vs. Was) – Ditch Drew Stubbs if there are better options available. He is going hot and cold and right now the 1-for-17 run suggests he is quite cold. The rest of the Cincinnati offense is starting to come around. Hit Zack Cozart in these matchups.

Brewers (vs. Cin, vs. CHC)- Ditch Rickie Weeks as he has had a rough go of it at home with a .224 mark over his first 12 games. Nyjer Morgan has been worse with a .143 average in the same stretch. Corey Hart has had a solid run at home so keep him active and in your lineups.

Cardinals (@ Ari, vs. Atl) – Jon Jay has been back in the lineup and is picking up where he left off. He is hitting .545 in his last 22 at bats. Hit Yadier Molina as well given his .435 mark over the last six games. Overall very little not to like about what St. Louis has been doing lately. No one sticks out as a ditch.

Diamondbacks (vs. STL, vs. SF) – Paul Goldschmidt is coming on over the last week. He is 7-for-18 in his last five games. Miguel Montero and Aaron Hill are seeing similar runs of good luck. Hit all three for this week at home. Ditch Ryan Roberts. How the fantasy darlings of last year have quickly fallen!

Rockies (@ SD, @ LAD) – Hit Marco Scutaro and Ramon Hernandez. Scutaro is at .400 in his last 25 at-bats while Hernandez is at .294 with seven RBI in his last four starts. Ditch Michael Cuddyer as he has really slowed down and is only four for his last 19.

Padres (vs. Col, @ Phi) – Yonder Alonso is checking in at .333 in his last 21 at-bats and Cameron Maybin has had a good run over the last week. Beyond those two, the San Diego offense has been stagnant. Ditch them all as you can likely find far better options even in NL-only formats.

Giants (@ LAD, @ Ari) – Tough luck for the San Francisco offense. Brandon Belt is five for his last 15 but there has been little consistency in his overall playing time. Hit Angel Pagan, but any other fringe players on the Giants should be on your bench.

Dodgers (vs. SF, vs. Col) – The speed is great, but Dee Gordon is still just three for his last 20. Only real recommended ditch among likely starters in most formats. Need a deep-league play? Look to Mark Ellis who is hitting .318 in his last 22 at-bats.

Nationals (@ Pit, @ Cin) – Yes, I am drinking the Kool-Aid. Hit Bryce Harper. Ditch Danny Espinosa as he is sub-.100 in the last week and just at .190 on the road this season. I would ditch Rick Ankiel as well for similar reasons given the struggles in the last week and on the road. Still hitting Adam LaRoche where you need him.

Pirates (vs. Was, vs. Hou) – There is some fun to be had in Pittsburgh given recent performances. Hit Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and Jose Tabata are all raking of late. Get them up and ready to go in your lineup. Ditch Alex Presley. He has drastically slowed down and needs to be set aside for the time being.

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