With Yasiel Puig lighting the world on fire and several other call-ups making a splash, this past week was a banner week for rookies.
Well, the rookie chatter is not about to subside, as Gerrit Cole is set to make his debut in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
David Freese/ Matt Carpenter: St. Louis Cardinals
Both Freese and Carpenter will look to keep up their long hitting streaks this week.
Freese has currently hit in 19 straight games, while Carpenter is at 18 games. Freese, who was in a deep chill to start the season, has turned it around of late and is now a recommended start at third base again. Carpenter has been a pleasant surprise since Day 1 and is a valuable middle-infield option for all leagues.
Theyâ€™ll look to keep it going with six road games against the Mets (Jeremy Hefner, Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey) and the Marlins (Jose Fernandez, Tom Koehler and Ricky Nolasco).
Gerrit Cole: Pittsburgh Pirates
Cole, the Piratesâ€™ prized pitching prospect, is all set to make his debut this week. In 12 starts in the minors this year, Cole has a 2.91 ERA with 47 strikeouts.
The highly touted ace-in-the making will not only make his debut this week, but heâ€™ll be in line for two starts at home (vs. San Francisco, vs. Los Angeles Dodgers). So, if you scooped him up, donâ€™t be shy and roll with Cole this week.
Carlos Quentin: San Diego Padres
Quentin has been on a tear ever since the calendar flipped to June.
Quentin is 14-30 in June, while also hitting two home runs and driving in four runs. With this recent streak, Quentin may be a serviceable player to plug into lineups this week.
Quentin and the Padres will be at home for six games against the Braves (Julio Teheran, Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm) and the Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill, Tyler Skaggs and Wade Miley).
Tony Cingrani: Cincinnati Reds
Cingrani has already made a splash this year (going 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 41 Kâ€™s in 33 innings pitched), but was squeezed out when Johnny Cueto came back. However, Cueto is now back on the shelf, clearing the way for Cingraniâ€™s return.
Maybe this time the Reds will keep him up for good if he continues to dazzle.
While technically Cingrani hasnâ€™t been recalled yet, it all but seems imminent. As such, Cingrani should be in line for two starts (@Chicago, vs. Milwaukee) and is a recommended start this week.
Anthony Rendon: Washington Nationals
Another rookie making waves this past weekâ€™s was Nationalsâ€™ prospect Anthony Rendon.
While Rendonâ€™s natural position is third base (where Ryan Zimmerman is firmly entrenched), the Nationals are so high on Rendon that they are shoehorning him in at second base while Danny Espinosa recuperates.
Ever since being recalled in June 5, Rendon has gone 6-15 with three doubles and three RBIâ€™s. With second base a weak position, Rendon is definitely worth the flier, as he has a lot of natural ability.
This week, Rendon and the Nationals will be on the road for six games against the Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa and Jeff Francis) and the Indians (Justin Masterson, Scott Kazmir and Carlos Carrasco).
John Lackey: Boston Red Sox
Although he has a sub-par record (3-5), Lackey is going well above the expectations that were placed on him prior to this season.
After sitting out the entire 2012 season after Tommy John surgery, Lackey has come back with vigor and is sporting a healthy 2.79 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Lackey is definitely a mix-and-match starter and with two starts (@Tampa Bay, @Baltimore), he is someone you should run out this week.
Jhonny Peralta: Detroit Tigers
Donâ€™t look now, but Peralta is third in the AL in batting with a .338 average.
After an inauspicious 2012 campaign, Peralta has come back this year strong and is swinging a hot bat.Â With six home runs, 26 RBIâ€™s and a .876 OPS, Peralta is now almost becoming a mandatory play at shortstop.
Peralta will like to keep it going with six games on the road vs. Kansas City (Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and James Shields) and Minnesota (Scott Diamond, Samuel Deduno and P.J. Walters)
Bartolo Colon: Oakland Aâ€™s
Whether through smoke and mirrors or PEDâ€™s, Colon is simply getting it done.
So far on the year, Colon is 7-2 with a 3.14 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. While he wonâ€™t strike out a ton of batters (46 in 77.1 innings pitched), Colon pitches to contact and keeps runs off the scoreboard.
Colon will be in line for two starts at home this week (vs. New York Yankees and Seattle) and if he keeps putting up quality start after quality start, then there is no reason to sit him.
Jedd Gyorko: San Diego Padres
Gyorko is very quietly putting together a solid year.
In his last 11 games Gyorko is 17-50 with two home runs, five doubles, seven RBIâ€™s and 10 runs scored. For the year, Gyorko has a respectable .286/.344/.467 slash line.
With this little run, Gyorko is a decent middle or corner infield (eligible at 2B and 3B) option you can trust.Â (see Quentin above for matchups)
Alex Cobb: Tampa Bay Rays
Along with Matt Moore, Alex Cobb is helping keep the Rays afloat as David Price sits on the DL while Jeremy Hellickson continues to underachieve.
Cobb has been sensational this year, going 6-2 with a 2.39 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and an 8.2 K/9 ratio.
Suffice to say, Cobb has become a must-start and this week he should hold additional value as heâ€™s set for two starts at home (vs. Boston, vs. Kanas City).
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