Here we go with your hit or ditch for the week of July 8th. With only three games for each team and a lot of divisional games, be sure to play matchups where possible. Plenty of good upside to be had in many spots.
Red Sox (@ TB) â€“ Cody Ross and David Ortiz have led the way for Boston this year against Tampa. Ross has three home runs in 20 at-bats while Ortiz is hitting .355 in nine games against the Rays. While Daniel Nava has been hot and hitting at the top of the order, he is just 1-for-16 in five games against Tampa this season. Ditch him.
Rays (vs. Bos) â€“ If Matt Joyce is back after the break, he is 11-for-26 in nine games against Boston. Look to hit Sean Rodriguez as well. He has hit .300. Luke Scott is mired in a tremendous slump and is hitting just .226 in 31 at-bats against Boston. Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena have had plenty of problems as well.
Angels (@ NYY) â€“ You are hitting him anyway, but know that Mark Trumbo is hitting .500 with four home runs in 18 at-bats against the Yankees. Both Howie Kendrick and Maicer Izturis are worth a shot here in deeper leagues. Kendrys Morales should be ditched with just a 3-for-17 mark in four games.
Yankees (vs. LAA) â€“ The power will come from both Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, but they are hitting just .208 and .240 respectively against the Angels. The pair has combined for four home runs in 49 at-bats. Hit Raul Ibanez and the rest of your New York regulars. No concerns here based on the play lately and numbers against Los Angeles.
Tigers (@ Bal) â€“ Austin Jackson is hitting .433 in his last 30 at-bats with two home runs. Love him this week. Unfortunately, looking at more on the ditch than hit side here. Look to sit down Jhonny Peralta, Quintin Berry, and Ryan Raburn. Just rough numbers of late and better options are available.
Orioles (vs. Det) â€“ New month for J.J. Hardy, but he still has not shown enough power and has just one home run in his last 29 at-bats over the last seven games. Ditch him. Brian Roberts is back on the DL, so make sure you update accordingly. Hit Chris Davis and Xavier Avery. Avery has looked good so is worth a chance in deeper leagues.
Indians (@ Tor) â€“ Ditch both Johnny Damon and Carlos Santana. Road numbers are here are nothing to be proud of with both players hitting south of .180. With a .293 average and 17 runs on the road, give Michael Brantley a look this week.
Toronto (vs. Cle) â€“ Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia have gone cold over the last week. While Rasmus has two home runs in his last 28 at-bats, he has just six hits total. Arencibia has just a .211 mark in his last six games. Need a reach? Think about Yunel Escobar if you need a couple hits this week. He is eight for his last 27.
White Sox (@ KC) â€“ Kevin Youkilis is hitting well since joining Chicago and is a hit for the week here. Alex Rios seems to be a new man this year and has hit well not just over the last 30 days, but also on the road as a whole. Ditch Gordon Beckham who has just four hits in his last 21 at-bats.
Royals (vs. CWS) â€“ Hard to expect Salvador Perez to continue with the home runs, but he has always hit well and been able to get on base. Hit him. Eric Hosmer is hitting .321 over his last seven games but does not have a home run to show for it. Ditch Jeff Francoeur and his .192 average in his last 26 at-bats. Too streaky and not enough upside.
Athletics (@ Min) â€“ Plain and simple, Oakland tore up Boston pitching and their numbers reflect it pover the last seven days. Still hitting Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick, but be careful looking at the recent numbers too closely. Jemile Weeks is hitting just .197 on the road this season. That qualifies as a ditch in my book. Limited numbers, but deep league owners should start thinking about Derek Norris.
Twins (vs. Oak) â€“ Trevor Plouffe may have settled down, but four home runs and a .296 average over his last 27 at-bats is still worth hitting. Ben Revere, Brian Dozier, and Justin Morneau are all worth a hit here. Ditch Denard Span and Alexi Casilla.
Rangers (@ Sea) â€“ Mike Napoli is just 2-for-21 against Seattle in nine games this season. Not much better luck for Nelson Cruz. Ditch David Murphy this week with his .231 mark in 26 at-bats against the Mariners. Murphy is without a home run as well. No surprises on the hit list. The Rangers have actually had problems with Seattle pitching, so do not reach here.
Mariners (vs. Tex) â€“ Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager are your best bets against the Rangers. Both are hitting better than .300 against Texas pitching. Jesus Montero had a problem in June, but he is 11-for-33 with a home run against Texas. Dustin Ackley has been on the other side with just a .226 mark in his 31 at-bats. Ditch him.
Diamondbacks (@ CHC) â€“ Hard to know what to do with Justin Upton, but with just a .143 average and one home run in his last seven games, I would ditch him if there were better options available. Stephen Drew is still getting healthy. Ditch him right now. Hit Gerardo Parra and Willie Bloomquist. Both are hitting better than .300 in the last week.
Cubs (vs. Ari) â€“ Alfonso Soriano has cooled off tremendously, hitting just .217 in his last 23 at-bats. Ditch Darwin Barney as well. Where he is not getting on base, there is no value here. Anthony Rizzo remains a go and while I like Bryan LaHair, he is becoming more of a risk as Rizzo gets more comfortable.
Cardinals (@ Cin) â€“ While Rafael Furcal has struggled, he is hitting .409 against the Reds so far this season. David Freese and Jon Jay are both good to go here as well. Freese has a .353 average and two home runs in 17 at-bats.
Reds (vs. Stl) â€“ Ditch Zack Cozart. He has not only struggled in the last month, but also is only hitting .227 against the Cardinals this year. Drew Stubbs is in a slump himself, but this could be the team to get him going. Stubbs is 7-for-22 with a home run against St. Louis.
Nationals (@ Mia) â€“ Ryan Zimmerman is hitting far better of late with two home runs and a .296 average in his last 27 at-bats. Michael Morse looks good to go as well and has two home runs in his last 25. I am hitting Adam LaRoche this week and the stories of his post-All Star break prowess are not exaggerated.
Marlins (vs. Was) â€“ Logan Morrison is 5-for-15 with two home runs against the Nationals so far this year and has two home runs with a .417 average in the last seven games. Ditch John Buck. His offense has been almost non-existent and he is only 3-for-17 in five games facing Washington. Otherwise, the Marlins are hitting well and are a good spot for a reach if needed.
Mets (@ Atl) â€“ Like the fact that Ike Davis is turning it around, but he is just 3-for-24 against the Braves this season. Lucas Duda has had his struggles as well with two home runs, but only a .208 mark in 24 at-bats. Josh Thole has raked against Atlanta and should be a hit. He is 8-for-18 against them.
Braves (vs. NYM) â€“ Both Brian McCann and Dan Uggla have had a lot of problems against the Mets. Both are south of .200 with a combined two home runs in 38 at-bats. Ditch both where you can along with Martin Prado. Freddie Freeman is at .350 with a home run and I would hit Jason Heyward as well.
Pirates (@ Mil) â€“ Look to Garrett Jones this week. He has 12 hits and three home runs in his last 27 at-bats. Add in 12 runs and nine RBI in seven games and you have a winner. Neil Walker is just as hot and Alex Presley has a .368 mark with a home run in his last five games. The Pittsburgh offense is clicking so a good spot to grab them.
Brewers (vs. Pit) â€“ Not much out of the Brewers lately. Stick to the big guns here. Only reach would be Norichika Aoki who is hitting .407 in his last seven games. Problem is that he has not been scoring run and not driving them in.
Phillies (@ Col) â€“ Best bet here remains Hunter Pence. He is ten for his last 24 with two home runs. For whatever reason, Carlos Ruiz keeps going as well and has two home runs in his last six games. Chase Utley has slowed after coming back strong. Still worth hitting. Ditch Shane Victorino and John Mayberry.
Rockies (vs. Phi) â€“ Dexter Fowler has been struggling, but so has the Philadelphia pitching. Like Michael Cuddyer and Marco Scutaro. Wilin Rosario has three home runs in his last 19 at-bats. Keep hitting him. While Colorado has hit well at home, stick with what you know here.
Padres (@ LAD) â€“ NL-only leagues should look at Chris Denorfia. Anyone that goes 10-for-17 in seven games should at least be watched. On the road, hit him. Everyone is excited about Yasmani Grandal. I do not think that he hits four more home runs this week, but like him as a hit if you need catching help. Ditching Carlos Quentin (one for his last 18).
Dodgers (vs. SD) â€“ Not much in the offense here with the rash of injuries. James Loney is six for his last 17 and is the only one to reach for here. Look for Matt Kemp to be back right after the break. If he is, definitely needs to be back in lineups.
Astros (@ SF) â€“ Houston had issues in facing Pittsburghâ€™s pitching and will now draw a solid San Francisco staff as well. Jose Altuve and Jed Lowrie have only combined to score three runs in the last week while driving in just four. Ditch them where you have other options. Add in the loss of Carlos Lee and this is a lineup in need of help.
Giants (vs. Hou) â€“ I will still go with Brandon Belt here if he is needed. Not a great run, but not a bad one either. He is getting on base and the RBI will come. Angel Pagan has slowed and would be a ditch call. Otherwise, stick with your regulars in this one.