Here we go with your Hit or Ditch for the coming week. Lot of games this week as the Opening Day festivities have largely come to a close and regular game times come back to center. Check out what you need to know for the week ahead.
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Red Sox (vs. TB, vs. TEX, vs. NYY) â€“ Ryan Sweeney has started the season how at 8-for-18 and will get plenty of time in the three-man rotation with Cody Ross and Darnell McDonald. The Red Sox as a whole hit well at home last year, posting a .296 mark. Adrian Gonzalez has struggled out of the gate and hit only .183 against New York. Ditch Kevin Youkilis if you have better options. Just .227 against the Yankees.
Rays (@ BOS, @ TOR, vs. MIN) â€“ Only Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena have come out quickly for Tampa Bay. Ben Zobrist is hitting just .238 and hit only .189 against Toronto. Ditch where you can. Hit Desmond Jennings.
Yankees (vs. MIN, @ BOS) â€“ The offense has not come around yet, but it will. The Twins are feast or famine for New York. Ditch Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher, and Alex Rodriguez where possible. All three below .200 against Minnesota and below .230 against Boston. Mark Teixeira had his fair share of problems with Boston.
Blue Jays (vs. TB, @ KC) â€“ Hard not to ditch J.P. Arencibia and Colby Rasmus who are a combined 4-for-43 through Thursdayâ€™s games. Add in their struggles against Tampa last year and they need to be ditched. Hit Kelly Johnson. Hot start and strong numbers against both Tampa and Kansas City.
Orioles (@ CWS, @ LAA) â€“ Six road games for a team that hit .260 away from home last year. Hit Nick Markakis but ditch Nolan Reimold. For Mark Reynolds, 20 of his 37 home runs came away from home last year. Hit J.J. Hardy as he is better than .300 against each opponent for the week.
Indians (@ SEA, @ OAK) â€“ Until he shows the slump is done, ditch Jason Kipnis and his 2-for-21 start to the season. Carlos Santana has two home runs already, but hit just .234 on the road last year. Iâ€™d be remiss not to pump the tires of Shelley Duncan. He hit .272 away from home and is at .294 early on this year. Deep league hit.
White Sox (vs. BAL, @ SEA) â€“ In the early going, ditch Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez. Unless you enjoy the home run or bust mentality, ditch Adam Dunn. Hit A.J. Pierzynski given his good start to the year and .419 mark against the Orioles last year in 31 at-bats.
Royals (vs. DET, vs. TOR) â€“ Worth hitting Jeff Francoeur as he raked at home last season to the tune of a .300 mark. He had good numbers against both Detroit and Toronto last season to boot so get him active in lineups.
Tigers (@ KC, vs. TEX) â€“ The Detroit offense is clicking. Austin Jackson is 10-for-26 to start the season with Jhonny Peralta at .296. Hit them both. Jackson was better than .300 in more than 30 at-bats against both teams last year while Peralta put up a .300 mark against the Royals.
Twins (@ NYY, @ TB) â€“ Ditch Justin Morneau given his struggles against the Yankees and Rays. He has a combined six hits in 39 at-bats. May want to ditch most of your borderline Twins this week overall. The team hit only .243 on the road last season.
Aâ€™s (@ LAA, vs. CLE) â€“ The Oakland offense has been a mess. Yoenis Cespedes is worth the play and Jemile Weeks hit .385 against the Angels last season. Hard to find much else to like about the way that offense is flowing right now.
Angels (vs. OAKÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â , vs. BAL) â€“ The early season struggles should not deter you, so hit Albert Pujols if there was any doubt. Torii Hunter is off to a hot start and hit the ball well at home last season with 15 home runs in 278 at-bats.
Mariners (vs. CLE, vs. CWS) â€“ Itâ€™s all about riding the hot hand, and Kyle Seager is worth the run right now. Hit him. It has to be a good thing that he was 12-for-17 against the Indians last year as well. Chone Figgins needs to be on the ditch list. His .200 average combined between the two opponents outweighs the hot start.
Rangers (@ BOS, @ DET) â€“ No concerns on the road for the Rangers. Hit David Murphy as he has started out well and was 11-for-23 against Boston last season. Mike Napoli has started out slow and had a lot of problems against the Tigers. Ditch him if you have better options.
Mets (@ ATL, vs. SF) â€“ Hold off on Ike Davis given his 1-for-20 marks on the board in the first two weeks. Lucas Duda has struggled but has two home runs and hit .325 against the Braves last season. Worth taking the shot there.
Phillies (@ SF, @ SD) â€“ The Phillies you are likely to have in your lineup have no red flags here. Make sure to hit Carlos Ruiz.
Marlins (vs. CHC, @ WAS) â€“ Have to like what Emilio Bonifacio is doing and you should keep Gaby Sanchez in the lineup as well. Omar Infante has been hot, but no luck against the Nationals last season.
Braves (vs. NYM, @ AZ) â€“ Dan Uggla is off to a slow start and had just one home run in 70 at-bats against the Mets last season. Good reason to ditch him here. Need to buy what Jason Heyward is selling right now. Worth the hit given his numbers against the Mets though there are struggles against Diamondbacks.
Nationals (vs. HOU, vs. MIA) â€“ The only question is when Ian Desmond slows down, not if. Still, he hit .315 against the Marlins last year so there may be another week to go here. Adam LaRoche is typically a slow starter, but he is hitting too well to ditch.
Reds (@ STL, @ CHC) â€“ Drew Stubbs has done nothing of note and had more than his share of issues with the Cubs last year. He hit only .221 on the road all of last season. Ditch him. Keep hitting Zack Cozart until he shows a sign of slowing down.
Brewers (vs. LAD, vs. COL) â€“ The Brewers had their share of problems with both their NL West opponents. The team hit just .221 against the Dodgers and .226 against the Rockies. If you have better options available, it would be a good idea to ditch your Brewers.
Cubs (@ MIA, vs. CIN) â€“ Hit a couple hot hands here. Stick with David DeJesus and Ian Stewart as both are off to strong starts in the early going. Alfonso Soriano had plenty of issues against the Reds. Look to ditch him for the second half of the week.
Pirates (@ AZ, vs. STL) â€“ Two players to ditch given their starts are Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker. With Alvarez already a fringe player, his 1-for-16 mark so far should scare people off. Walker is just 1-for-17 himself so keep him down. Alvarezâ€™s partner at the hot corner Casey McGehee is worth the hit in deeper formats.
Cardinals (vs. CIN, @ PIT) â€“ The Cardinals are clicking and worth hitting David Freese and Rafael Furcal. Jon Jay has hit the ground running and had 14 hits in 32 at-bats against the Reds to go with a .333 mark against the Pirates.
Astros (@ WAS, vs. LAD) â€“ While benching Walker in Pittsburgh is the way to go, hit Jose Altuve. He has hit .368 so far this month and is one of the few things the Astros have going for them overall.
Dodgers (@ MIL, @ HOU) â€“ Nothing not to like about most of the Dodgers. Still, ditch James Loney given that he is just 1-for-20 through action on Thursday.
Rockies (vs. SD, @ MIL) â€“ Hit Dexter Fowler. He has had a good run to start the season and put up a .326 mark against the Padres last season. Good numbers from Todd Helton as well. He may be off to a slow start, but should be in lineups.
Padres (@ COL, vs. PHI) â€“ The historical numbers do not matter much here. Not when the best hitter on the team is hitting .250 right now. Look elsewhere to find offense this week.
Giants (vs. PHI, @ NYM) â€“ Ditch Angel Pagan but hit Melky Cabrera (a sentence I can honestly say I never thought I would write). Cabrera surprisingly hit well with the Royals last season and is proving that he can keep it up. Pagan has just not been able to get on track.
Diamondbacks (vs. PIT, vs. ATL) â€“ Gerardo Parra hit .305 at home last season and Miguel Montero raked against the Pirates with seven hits in 18 at-bats. Parra will need a chance and is only worth hitting in NL-only formats. Ryan Roberts is struggling at just 3-for-20 and hit only .243 at home last season.