With the All-Star game next week, this should be a fun week of baseball as we hit the unofficial mid-way point of the season.
A lot of games are on tap before the All-Star festivities, so a lot of watchful eyes will be on the diamond this week as we gear up for the second half of baseball.
Jhoulys Chacin: Colorado Rockies
Chacin has been the steadying force in the Rockiesâ€™ rotation all season long and his production (8-3 with a 3.74 ERA) has largely gone unnoticed.
Chacin has made for a popular waiver wire pick up of late though, and he could make for a solid rotation anchor in deeper leagues.
This week Chacin could be extra-special, as heâ€™ll be in line for two solid starts on the road at San Diego and Los Angeles.
Rajai Davis: Toronto Blue Jays
Rotisserie owners have known of Davisâ€™ exploits for some time now, and now even head-to-head players are starting to take notice of Davis.
Davis is as good a base-running threat as there is in this league. Davis has eight stolen bases in his last 10 games. Itâ€™s not just the stolen bases either. In his last 13 games, Davis is batting .302 with one home run, three RBIâ€™s and 10 runs.
While heâ€™s not a power threat, Davis is a nice deep-league start for the time being. This week Davis and the Blue Jays will be on the road for a six-game road stretch at Cleveland (Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson and TBA) and Baltimore (Jason Hammel, Scott Feldman and TBA).
Julio Teheran: Atlanta Braves
After a couple of years of struggles and bouts with inconsistency, Teheran has finally put it all together this year.
Teheran is 6-4 with a solid 3.22 ERA and 1.20 WHIP to go with with steady K (7.9 K per 9 innings) and BB (1.7 BB per 9 innings) rates. At 22, Teheran is just scratching the surface of his immense talent and he should be a mainstay in the Bravesâ€™ rotation for years to come.
Teheran should help out his owners with a two starts (@Miami, vs. Cincinnati) this week.
Logan Morrison: Miami Marlins
After missing most of the 2012 season and the start of this season, many people left Morrison for dead â€” especially since he plays for the epically bad Marlins.
However, since coming off the DL on June 9, Morrison has hit .314 with four home runs and 10 RBIâ€™s and is looking again like the bright prospect many thought he would become.
With dual eligibility at 1B and OF, Morrison is a decent, deep mixed-league option and many fantasy owners are rushing to the wire to acquire his services.
This week Morrison and the Marlins will have six home games against the Braves (Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Paul Maholm) and the Nationals (Stephen Strasburg, Dan Haren and Jordan Taylor).
Homer Bailey: Cincinnati Reds
Bailey, he of the last two no-hitters thrown in the majors, is certainly a hot name as we approach the break.
Bailey has been able to harness all his stuff and become a dependableâ€”albeit a bit inconsistent at timesâ€”force in the Redsâ€™ rotation as well as for fantasy staffs. Bailey is now 5-6 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
Bailey will look to continue his dominance with two starts (@Milwaukee and @Atlanta) this week.
Desmond Jennings: Tampa Bay Rays
It took a while, but it appears Jennings is getting over his early-season struggles and is helping fortify a surging Raysâ€™ offense. After spending some time at various spots in the batting order, Jennings is now comfortable back in his lead-off spot.
Jennings is now 14-38 with one home run, three doubles, one triple, six RBIâ€™s, 10 runs and four stolen bases in his last nine games. With across-the-board production like that, Jennings is almost bordering on must-start status.
This week Jennings and the Rays have a full slate of home games against Minnesota (Samuel Deduno, Kyle Gibson, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey) and Houston (Lucas Harrell, Dallas Keuchel and Erik Bedard).
Matt Garza: Chicago Cubs
Garza, who has been the talk of several trade rumors, is starting to really get into a groove after starting the season on the DL.
Garza is 3-0 in his last four starts while allowing just three runs in his last 30 innings pitched. For the year, Garza is 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.12 WHIP to go along with 52 strikeouts in 57.1 innings pitched.
If Garza gets traded to a contender his value will certainly go up. Regardless, Garza makes for an excellent start nonetheless and this week heâ€™ll have even more value as heâ€™s set for two starts (@Chicago White Sox, vs. St. Louis).
Aaron Hill: Arizona Diamondbacks
Also enjoying a resurgence ever since coming off the DL has been the Diamondbacksâ€™ second baseman Aaron Hill.
Since being activated on June 25, Hill is batting .304 with one home run, six doubles, seven RBIâ€™s and 10 runs.Â Considering the streak he is on and playing a weak position at second, Hill is a player you should roll with.
This week Hill and the Diamondbacks will be at home for seven games against the Dodgers (Zack Greinke, Ricky Nolasco and Hyun-Jin Ryu) and the Brewers (Yovani Gallardo, TBA, Kyle Lohse and Wily Peralta).
Derek Holland: Texas Rangers
Quietly having an effective season is the Rangersâ€™ Derek Holland.
Holland is now 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA and 1.23 WHIP as well as piling up 107 strikeouts in 112 innings pitched. Pitching alongside Yu Darvish, Holland doesnâ€™t get the necessary recognition he deserves.
Holland will look to finish off the first half in stride with two starts (@Baltimore, @Detroit) this week.
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