June 3, 2012 posted by Collin Hager

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, June 3rd

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, June 3rd
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Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

Here we go with your Hit or Ditch for the week beginning June 3rd.

Twins (@ KC, vs. CHC) – Alexi Casilla and Denard Span raked against the Royals at .385 and .324 respectively. Span adds a .379 average over his last seven games as well. Hit Justin Morneau as he is on a slight tear with three home runs in his last 27 at-bats. Ditch Josh Willingham as he cannot get on track.

Royals (vs. Min, @ Pit) – We have given them hell, but both Eric Hosmer (.292, 1 HR) and Jeff Francoeur (.435, 2HR) are raking in their last six games. Hit them. Given injuries at Third Base, may be tough for some to ditch Mike Moustakas, but he is only hitting .227 in his last 22 at-bats.

Mariners (@ LAA, vs. LAD) – Justin Smoak is 5-for-12 with two home runs against the Angels this season. He adds four home runs in his last 25 at-bats overall. Hit him. Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager are good to go as well. Hard to believe that Ichiro is only four for his last 23. Ditch Brendan Ryan and Alex Liddi.

Angels (vs. Sea, @ Col) – Both Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo hit Seattle well earlier this season and should be started. Trumbo is hitting .448 with four home runs in the last seven games. Ditch Erick Aybar who is hitting only .192 in his last 26 at-bats.

Rangers (@ Oak, @ Ari) – Probably should not stop you, but Ian Kinsler has just one home run and a .248 average away from home. David Murphy is hitting only .246 on the road and .235 in his last six games. Hit Michael Young and Mike Napoli as both have been strong over their last six games.

Athletics (vs. Tex, @ SF) – It continues to be hard to hit most of the A’s. The team is hitting only .210 this season and are led by Josh Reddick’s .266. You read that right. Only Jemile Weeks who is hitting .320 in his last six games is worth the gamble otherwise. Basically, stay out of Oakland.

Orioles (@ Bos, vs. Phi) – Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy are running hot. Hit them both. Davis is nine for his last 22 with three home runs while Hardy is at .346 in his last 26 at-bats. Careful with Matt Wieters he is only two for his last 17. Ditch Robert Andino.

Red Sox (vs. Bal, vs. Was) – Until he cools down, hit Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Virtually impossible to get a fastball by him right now. After coming out of the gate quickly, ditch Daniel Nava as he is hitting just .160 in his last 25 at-bats. Mike Aviles should ride the pine as well with his .222 mark in the last seven games.

Indians (@ Det, @ StL) – You are obviously hitting Jason Kipnis, but give Michael Brantley a shot as well. Brantley is at .350 in his last 20 at-bats with two steals and .299 on the road. Ditch Johnny Damon, Jose Lopez, and Casey Kotchman. None of the three are hitting better than .222 in the last week. Just be wary of the .217 average Carlos Santana posts away from home.

Tigers (vs. Cle, @ Cin) – Not many teams hotter than the Tigers over the last seven games. Time to go back to Alex Avila as he is eight for his last 18. Add in Andy Dirks and Quintin Berry (in deeper leagues) as hits as well. Ditch Brennan Boesch and Jhonny Peralta as they are both below .200 in their last six games.

Blue Jays (@ CWS, @ Atl) – The Blue Jays hit the road, so watch out for Jose Bautista. He is hitting just .174 overall in his last 23 at-bats and only .248 on the road this season. Colby Rasmus should be in lineups as he is on a 9-for-27 tear. I warned in my HVaC post on J.P. Arencibia and that he is playing over his head. His .200 mark in his last 20 at-bats is a problem.

White Sox (vs. Tor, vs. Hou) – People are starting to notice Dayan Viciedo and you should as well. He is hitting .294 at home and leads the White Sox with seven home runs in that park. Not to mention he is 14 for his last 25. Alexei Ramirez is hitting .435 in his last 27 at-bats. Hit him and your other White Sox regulars. Team is on a tear in the last week.

Rays (@ NYY, @ Mia) – Both Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena are just two for their last 20. That qualifies them as a ditch. Pena adds in just a .189 average on the road. B.J. Upton is hitting just .225 against the Yankees.

Yankees (vs. TB, vs. NYM) – The Yankees are all hitting the ball well. No concerns over any regulars. In fact, sub out for a starter for a Yankee you have on the bench. Historically the team has hit well at home and against both opponents this week.

Cardinals (@ NYM, @Hou, vs. Cle) – Hit Matt Adams with his nine hits in his last 23 at-bats. Skip Schumaker can help in deeper leagues as well as he is hitting .333 on the road, where the Cardinals will play four games this week.

Astros (vs. StL, @ CWS) – The Astros could help an owner do some damage this week. Jose Altuve, Chris Johnson, and Jed Lowrie are all hitting better than .300 in their last seven games. Jordan Schafer has a similar average over his last five games.

Mets (vs. StL, @ Was, @ NYY) – While you are still hitting David Wright, he is about it for the Mets. Go with Dan Murphy given his 6-for-19 in his last six games, but ditch all your other Mets.

Nationals (vs.NYM, @ Bos) – The struggles of Adam LaRoche continue. He has just five hits in his last 22 at-bats and hit just .247 for the month of May. Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond are both worthy ditches as well as they are hitting .211 and .174 respectively in their last six contests. Hit Steve Lombardozzi who is seven for his last 21.

Cubs (@ SF, @ Mil, @ Min) – While Alfonso Soriano is seven for his last 21 with three home runs, he is hitting only .241 in 83 at-bats on the road. Bryan LaHair is hitting .300 on the road and recovered last week to hit .294 in 17 at-bats. Hit David DeJesus as well.

Brewers (vs. CHC, vs. SD) – Rickie Weeks has been nothing but horrible all May and had just four hits in 22 at-bats over his last seven games. Needs to be ditched. Corey Hart is hitting only .226 over his last 31 at-bats. Norichika Aoki went seven for 22 over five games last week and could be a good guy to start in deeper leagues.

Giants (vs. CHC, @ SD, vs. Tex) – There may not be much power overall, but Melky Cabrera has two home runs in his last 24 at-bats. If you are not hitting him at this point, hard to know what to tell you. Hit Angel Pagan as well. Ditch Brandon Crawford as he is just two for his last 18.

Padres (vs. SF, @ Mil) – Carlos Quentin is back, so no reason not to hit him right now. If healthy, he can be productive for owners. Yonder Alonso has cooled off dramatically and is just three for his last 25. That qualifies as a ditch in my book. Still like Chase Headley for owners that need some help at Third Base.

Dodgers (@ Phi, @ Sea) – Have to like what we are seeing out of Jerry Hairston who is 11 for his last 21. Hit him. Dee Gordon is showing signs of life with a .333 average over his last 21 at-bats, but he has shown little ability to sustain clips such as this. Still a ditch. James Loney is in that ditch group as well.

Phillies (vs. LAD, @ Bal) – Ditch Freddy Galvis and Shane Victorino. They are a combined four for 45 in the last six games. Juan Pierre on the other hand is worth starting given his 9-for-18 streak. Ty Wigginton has hit .316 in his last five games.

Pirates (@ Cin, vs. KC) – Garrett Jones and Matt Hague could help deep league owners as they show .316 and .313 marks in their last six games, respectively. Beyond Andrew McCutchen, no one else worth a start in Pittsburgh.

Reds (vs. Pit, vs. Det) – Zack Cozart hit just .208 in May while Drew Stubbs hit only .225. It was just as bad over the last six games as the pair combined to go 5-for-45. Ditch them both. Worth nothing that Brandon Phillips is eight for his last 22. Starting to come alive.

Rockies (@ Ari, vs. LAA) – Like Jordan Pacheco in deep leagues as well as Marco Scutaro. Pacheco is 11 for his last 31 while Scutaro is at .286 in his last seven games. Where Colorado has a decent home matchup against the Angels, their hitters make largely good starts overall and the team has hit .328 overall in their last seven.

Diamondbacks (vs. Col, vs. Oak) – Would not get cute playing Paul Goldschmidt this week. They have all home games and he is hitting just .197 in 61 at-bats at home. Lyle Overbay hit .385 for the month of May. Give him a look. Ryan Roberts came on in May to hit .288 with two home runs. Worth hitting as well.

Braves (@ Mia, vs. Tor) – Just do not like what I see out of the Atlanta offense overall. Jason Heyward is hitting only .200 in his last 20 at-bats, Michael Bourn and Brian McCann have been that much worse of late. While you should hit Freddie Freeman as the new glasses seem to be working, do not reach for help here.

Marlins (vs. Atl, vs. TB) – Ditch Giancarlo Stanton. I am kidding. Long article, wanted to make sure you were still with me. Omar Infante has truly cooled off, hitting just .174 in his last 23 at-bats. Otherwise, no issues with your normal starters in Miami.


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