May 19, 2012 posted by Collin Hager

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, May 20th

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch, May 20th
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Dee Gordon, SS, LA Dodgers

Here we go with your Hit or Ditch for the week!

Red Sox (@ Bal, vs. TB) – Yes, he is struggling, but Adrian Gonzalez hit .486 in 70 at-bats against the Orioles last year and was 6-for-18 earlier this year. Ryan Sweeney has been owned by Tampa Bay and is just four for his last 26 through Wednesday. Will Middlebrooks is feast or famine, striking out 11 times in his last 22 at-bats…and Kevin Youkilis is likely back this week.

Orioles (vs. Bos, vs. KC) – The Orioles are only hitting .255 at home with only Adam Jones at .325 hitting better than .280. Nick Markakis is only be at .257 but and is just 19-for-84 in his last 19 games against Boston. Ditch Chris Davis given his struggles of late at just four for his last 17. Hit J.J. Hardy. He is starting to come around.

Royals (@ NYY, @ Bal) – Both Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon need to be on the ditch list this week. Hosmer is hitting just .173 on the road while Gordon is only at .222. Both have three home runs, but just not worth it. Hit Mike Moustakas, who is at .278 with three bombs. In a deep league?  Check out Jarrod Dyson who is at .310 in May and .318 over the last seven days and will give speed to boot.

Yankees (vs. KC, @ Oak) – Good news, Curtis Granderson has three home runs in his last 28 at-bats. Bad news, Granderson has just one other hit in that stretch. Ditch Nick Swisher who is just five for his last 26. Hit Eric Chavez who is back healthy after a concussion sidelined him.

Blue Jays (@ TB, @ Tex) – Jose Bautista is still struggling with his average for May but has six home runs and is hitting .269 in his last 26 at-bats. Ditch Colby Rasmus given his struggles on the road at .192 overall and Adam Lind who is two for his last 17 overall. Hit Kelly Johnson where you can who has three home runs and a .290 average away from home.

Rays (vs. Tor, @ Bos) – Ditch Luke Scott and Carlos Pena. Both have struggled lately as Scott has just four hits in his last 27 at-bats and Pena has just five in his last 27. Hit both Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez as they have had strong numbers against Boston. In a deep league? Hit Elliot Johnson given that he has nine hits in his last 23 at-bats over seven games.

Angels (@ Oak, @ Sea) – Both Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout have been on fire in May so make sure to get both in your lineups.  The same cannot be said for either Torii Hunter or Erick Aybar. Both players are hitting south of .170 on the month so keep them on the bench.

Athletics (vs. LAA, vs. NYY) – We continue to think that Josh Reddick will slow down, but he is hitting .346 with four home runs over his last 26 at-bats and is 8-for-23 against the Angels. The rest of the A’s have struggled. Even with Reddick’s numbers, they post just a .215 average at home and they play all games there this week.

Rangers (@ Sea, vs. Tor) – Obviously, you have to ditch Josh Hamilton. Guy is ice cold lately. All kidding aside, ditch Michael Young. With just four hits in his last 27 at-bats, he is struggling too much to get in there. Reach play? What about Craig Gentry. Eight hits in 17 at-bats will get you noticed in a good way.

Mariners (vs. Tex, vs. LAA) – There may not be a worse-hitting team at home than Seattle. The Mariners are hitting only .205 inside Safeco. The team leader in average? Kyle Seager at .250. Yes, that includes Ichiro, who is only hitting .241. Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak are both hitting better than .345 in their last seven games, but ditch all your Mariners where possible right now.

Tigers (@ Cle, @ Min) – Alex Avila continues to struggle and he is really becoming a ditch at this point. One for his last 18? You can find better. Brennan Boesch is on one of his tears and has eight hits and a .348 average over his last six games. No other surprises out of Detroit.

Indians (vs. Det, @ CWS) – The Indians  have seen plenty of Chicago. Ditch Jason Kipnis given his .194 mark in 36 at-bats already against the White Sox. Casey Kotchman is worth starting in deeper leagues. Michael Brantley is hitting .310 in his last 29 at-bats. Give him a shot as well.

Twins (@ CWS, vs. Det) – Minnesota’s offense is coming from unexpected places. Look to hit Ryan Doumit, who is seven for his last 18, and even Brian Dozier given his 10-for-31 stretch. There is little else to like about the Twins right now, and that includes Joe Mauer.

White Sox (vs. Min, vs. Cle) – Keep hitting A.J. Pierzynski, Paul Konerko, and Adam Dunn, but it stops there for Chicago. Ditch Alex Rios who is hitting .243 over his last 70 at-bats. No luck out of Brent Morel or Gordon Beckham either. There are simply better ways to find production.

Braves (@ Cin, vs. Was) – Outside of wanting to ditch Jason Heyward thanks to an 11-for-53 stretch (.208), the rest of the Braves are all running hot. The team is hitting .289 over the last week, making virtually all of them good plays and a good spot to reach if you need a bat over the week.

Reds (vs. Atl, vs. Col) – Ditch Drew Stubbs. In addition to hitting just .161 over his last 31 at-bats, Stubbs is hitting only .177 at home. Brandon Philips is starting to come around at .286 in his last seven games. Have to like the .317 average of Zack Cozart at home as well. Look to give him a shot in your lineups.

Nationals (@ Phi, @ Atl) – Adam LaRoche is hitting .403 on the road with six home runs. Might be a good spot to keep hitting him. We all like Bryce Harper but he is just hitting .179 in his last 28 at-bats. Ditch Rick Ankiel as well. Definitely have to hit Ian Desmond. He has been on a roll so keep it going.

Phillies (vs. Was, @ Stl) – Still seeing problems with Hunter Pence and Jimmy Rollins in the lineup. The two are a combined 10-for-48 over the last six games. Look for other options. Still have to keep Carlos Ruiz active. He just will not cool down and until he does he is a strong option behind the plate. Need a long-shot? Check out Freddy Galvis who is seven for his last 21.

Mets (@ Pit, vs. SD) – Another week, another ditch for Ike Davis. He is hitting just .128 for the month. There are just far too many good options available to mess around. Look to hit Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy, both of whom are hitting better than .315 in May.

Pirates (vs. NYM, vs. CHC) – It really comes down to the Pirates having Andrew McCutchen and then everyone else. There has been very little success of late for the “everyone else” portion in Pittsburgh. Look to ditch everyone here. Of the guys who are true regulars, no one is hitting better than .217 over the last seven games beyond McCutchen’s .423.

Rockies (@ Mia, @ Cin) – The Rockies are hitting just .219 outside of Coors Field, so it certainly would make sense to fund better options. Even Michael Cuddyer is hitting only .254 in 59 at-bats and add to that he is only hitting .218 this month. Look to Tyler Colvin in deeper leagues given his .333 mark in his last 33 at-bats.

Marlins (vs. Col, vs. SF) – Finally getting some good news out of Miami as the Marlins hit pretty well at home. Hit Omar Infante as he leads the team with a .327 mark at home. Ditch Gaby Sanchez. His .245 average and no home runs in 49 at-bats make him definitely disposable for the week.

Cubs (@ Hou, @ Pit) – Bryan LaHair has really slowed down this week, hitting just .179 over his last 29 at-bats. Not a definite ditch, but just something to take note of given his hot start. Look to get David DeJesus and Darwin Barney in the lineup as both have done a solid job of late. Even Alfonso Soriano is near .300 in his last 27 at-bats and has added two home runs.

Astros (vs. CHC, @ LAD) – Still getting decent production from Chris Johnson, but the big hitter in Houston right now is Carlos Lee. Lee is 12 for his last 29 and should be in the lineup for fantasy owners. Beyond that, the Astros are hitting only .230 over their last seven games and even Jose Altuve is hitting only .250.

Giants (@ Mil, @ Mia) – Melky Cabrera needs to be in lineups this week. He is hitting .380 away from home and .379 in his last seven games overall. Not much power, but certainly a good start here. Angel Pagan is a good start as well at 13-for-27 in his last seven games. Not much else to like here.

Brewers (vs. SF, @ Ari) – Jonathan Lucroy and Corey Hart are both hitting the ball well at .300 in the last seven games. Rickie Weeks continues to struggle with only a .105 average in his last 19 at-bats. There are just times to ditch a star and this is one of them.

Padres (@ Stl, @ NYM) – Nick Hundley and Will Venable are your best options as both are hitting well away from home at .308 and .400, respectively. The Padres otherwise have struggled and they bring little to the table to want to add. Chase Headley could be interesting given his three home runs in 47 at-bats outside of Petco.

Cardinals (vs. SD, vs. Phi) – Did you know that David Freese is not hitting even .200 at home and is only at .130 in his last 23 at-bats? Ditch him. The rest of the Cardinals are hitting the ball well both at home and in the last week. Keep them all in your lineup where you have the room for it.

Dodgers (@ Ari, vs. Hou) – Need a catcher? A.J. Ellis is hitting .444 in his last 18 at-bats. Not a bad way to go there. Mark Ellis and James Loney can both help out and Tony Gwynn is hitting .333 in his last seven games. All good numbers. Still avoiding Dee Gordon. If he could get on base, there is value. He just cannot do that lately.

Diamondbacks (vs. LAD, vs. Mil) – Ryan Roberts is coming on at .348 for the month of May. Time to start hitting him again. Ditch Aaron Hill and his .207 mark in that same stretch. Hill has not even given power numbers so it makes him a far less attractive option.


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