June 17, 2012 posted by Collin Hager

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, June 17th

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, June 17th
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Here we go with your Hit or Ditch for the Week of June 17th…

Braves (@ NYY, @ Bos) – Michael Bourn is on fire, hitting .409 in June. You have to give Jason Heyward a shot here too. At .313 with two home runs this month, he is a definite hit this week. Ditch Brian McCann as he continues to struggle and is hitting only .212 on the road. Freddie Freeman has not had a good start to the month and has hit just .266 on the road. Ditch him if you have another option.

Yankees (vs. Atl, @ NYM) – The Yankees have not hit particularly well as a team in the first half of June. Ditch Raul Ibanez with his .172 mark in his last 29 at-bats. Still think there are better options than Mark Teixeira. Two home runs in 41 June at-bats and only a .220 average. Hit Nick Swisher and Russell Martin.

Reds (@ Cle, vs. Min) – Hit Zack Cozart. He is hitting well again with a .308 average and two home runs in his last 39 at-bats. Ditch Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick as they have had poor runs, hitting .233 and .189 respectively this month.

Indians (vs. Cin, @ Hou) – Cannot get myself to recommend Lonnie Chisenhall yet. He has just seven hits in 32 at-bats over his last 10 games. Carlos Santana has had struggles since coming back from a concussion, hitting only .133 in eight games. Hit Michael Brantley. Deep play, yes, but he is hitting .313 in June.

Orioles (@ NYM, @ Was) – J.J. Hardy has four home runs but only a .238 average on the road this season and has just a .255 mark with one home run in his last 51 at-bats overall. Not many better options than Matt Wieters, but he has just a .248 average away from home. Hit Chris Davis, who seems to thrive outside of Camden Yards.

Mets (vs. Bal, vs. NYY) – Ditch Jason Bay. Getting one hit in 21 at-bats will do that to a guy. Josh Thole has struggled enough to keep him on the bench as well. Like Lucas Duda this week. He has three home runs and 11 RBI in his last 41 at-bats. In deep leagues, Omar Quintanilla is worth a look. And, you guessed it, ditch Ike Davis.

Royals (vs. Hou, vs. Stl) – While Eric Hosmer has struggled at home, he is hitting .306 with one home run over his last 11 games. With the return of many injured third basemen, Mike Moustakas is now a fringe play. Ditch him in most mixed leagues.

Astros (@ KC, vs. Cle) – Like the usual suspects. Hit Jose Altuve and his .340 mark over his last 47 at-bats. Jed Lowrie remains a good start for power as he has four home runs in his last 10 games. Hit Brett Wallace as well. Ditch Jordan Schafer given his two hits in his last 22 at-bats. J.D. Martinez needs to sit down as well.

Cubs (@ CWS, @ Ari) – Ditch David DeJesus who is only five for his last 32. Starlin Castro has slowed down, but tough to bench him. Hit Darwin Barney and Reed Johnson. Alfonso Soriano has been playing well and is worth getting off the bench. With five home runs in his last 45 at-bats, he has to be a hit for owners.

White Sox (vs. CHC, vs. Mil) – Bound to happen that Dayan Viciedo would slow down. He has only four hits in his last 34 at-bats while striking out 14 times. Keep Alexei Ramirez down as well. Know what you are getting with Adam Dunn. Just a .205 hitter in his last 11 games but with five home runs. Hit Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios. In deep leagues, Gordon Beckham and his three home runs in his last 11 games is worth a shot as well.

Giants (@ LAA, @ Oak) – Brandon Belt is getting some at-bats. He hit two big home runs on Thursday and is hitting .273 over his last nine games. Ryan Theriot is still hitting well and should be in lineups in deeper leagues.

Angels (vs. SF, vs. LAD) – Angels are home for interleague play so Kendrys Morales will be available. He is struggling, so I would still ditch him. He is hitting only .241 in his last 10. If you need the power, hit him since he does have three home runs. Ditch Erick Aybar who is just 10 for his last 46.

Blue Jays (@ Mil, @ Mia) – Kelly Johnson needs to be ditched. No home runs in his last 48 at-bats and just a .229 average. J.P. Arencibia should go the same way. His .143 mark over his last 10 games is a problem. Hit Colby Rasmus. He has three home runs in his last 51 at-bats to go with a .294 average.

Brewers (vs. Tor, @ CWS) – Norichika Aoki has come on of late and is 13 for his last 45. Worth hitting in deeper leagues. Otherwise, a lot of players to ditch here. Rickie Weeks is on this list for the foreseeable future. He continues to struggle at just .194 in his last 11 games. Ditch Nyjer Morgan and Carlos Gomez. Both are below .200 in June.

Mariners (@ Ari, @ SD) – Good numbers on the road for Kyle Seager, Michael Saunders, and Jesus Montero as they are all hitting over .300 away from home. Saunders adds a .383 mark in June with three home runs. Brendan Ryan and Chone Figgins are on the other side. Both should ride the pine.

Diamondbacks (vs. Sea, vs. CHC) – Still a little time to grab Paul Goldschmidt before he is 100 percent owned. Hit him this week as he has four home runs in his last 38 at-bats to go with a .342 average. Both Aaron Hill and Willie Bloomquist have upside this week as well. In deeper leagues, grab Gerardo Parra. Strong home numbers and a .302 average with three home runs in his last 10 games. Ditch Chris Young. He just continues to struggle.

Rangers (@ SD, vs. Col) – You will not and should not ditch them, but Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton are both sub-.200 this month. Deep leagues should go after Craig Gentry. Limited at-bats, but 11 for his last 23.

Padres (vs. Tex, vs. Sea) – Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin have been leading the way for the Padres. Hit them both. Quentin has been strong since returning from the DL and has good power upside. Ditch Yonder Alonso. He is hitting only .205 in his last 12 games.

Rockies (@ Phi, @ Tex) – The Rockies are a team that struggles away from home, hitting only .227 in 26 games. Give Marco Scutaro a look as he is hitting .367 in his last 49 at-bats. Tyler Colvin is hitting well but not getting regular at-bats. Look at him only in NL-only formats.

Phillies (vs. Col, vs. Rays) – No upside in Freddy Galvis or Shane Victorino. Both have been on the ditch list the last few weeks and their struggles continue to keep the names on this side of the fence. Hit Juan Pierre who is at .333 in his last 42 at-bats.

Marlins (@ Bos, vs. Tor) – Ditch Logan Morrison who is hitting only .243 in his last 11 games. Omar Infante has struggled of late to a .217 mark in his last 46 at-bats. Otherwise, your Marlins largely look good to go here.

Red Sox (vs. Mia, vs. Atl) – Boston is in the midst of a near lineup-wide slump. Ditch Kevin Youkilis who has only four hits in his last 32 at-bats. Some might be surprised, but ditch Adrian Gonzalez. He is hitting just .265 in June and has shown limited power all season. Better options available. Hit Daniel Nava as Boston will be home and he will be likely active in most games.

Rays (@ Was, @Phi) – Carlos Pena is hitting only .185 on the road. Look to ditch him. Sean Rodriguez would be a ditch for a similar reason, posting only a .207 mark in 28 games away from home. Hit Elliot Johnson. He has three home runs on the road in 59 at-bats and a .314 mark in June. Ben Zobrist has strong road marks and a .342 average in June.

Nationals (vs. TB, @ Bal) – Rick Ankiel and Adam LaRoche need to be on the bench. While LaRoche has three home runs in 40 at bats, he is hitting just .150. Hit Danny Espinosa who is hitting .300 in his last 40 at-bats.

Twins (@ Pit, @ Cin) – Ben Revere and Trevor Plouffe are both on a tear. While hard to imagine that Plouffe will keep up the pace of a home runs in just over every six at-bats in June, he is hitting .386 with seven homers in the month. Revere is hitting .385 in his last 12 games. Alexi Casilla is struggling, so leave him behind.

Pirates (vs. Min, vs. Det) – Garrett Jones and Jose Tabata are coming on of late and should be looked at as good guys to hit this week at home. Neil Walker joins the parade as well with a .302 mark in his last 53  at-bats. Ditch Padro Alvarez. The potential power is not worth the average buzz-kill.

Cardinals (@ Det, @ KC) – Good road numbers for Allen Craig (.319, 5HR) and David Freese (.289, 8HR). Hit them both. Carlos Beltran has had his problems. Though he has seven home runs, he is hitting only .243 in 116 at-bats away from home this season.

Tigers (vs. Stl, @ Pit) – Brennan Boesch is one of the few hot players that make sense to sit. He just has not been consistent enough this season. Ignore the .306 mark this month and ditch him right now. Hit Jhonny Peralta as he is hitting better than .400 in June. Like Austin Jackson as well. Only other problem spot would be Danny Worth.

Dodgers (@ Oak, @ LAA) – Andre Ethier, James Loney, and Adam Kennedy have had some issues outside of Dodger Stadium. Ditch them given their struggles on the road. Ethier is hitting sub-.200 this month and Kennedy is only at .263.

Athletics (vs. LAD, vs. SF) – While Oakland’s offense is rough, they are hitting well in June. Seth Smith is hitting .421 with two home runs in his last 11 games. Yoenis Cespedes is at .385 in his last 26 at-bats. Even Kurt Suzuki is getting in on the fun. Ditch Coco Crisp and Cliff Pennington.


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