While the center of attention this week was on some
questionable calls made by officials, the play on the field was not lost in the shuffle.
Weâ€™re six weeks in to the year and this is the time when things should start to stabilize. There is also no reason to panic at this juncture.
So, without further ado, here are this weekâ€™s players to watch.
Robinson Cano: New York Yankees
With the Yankees playing in eight games this week, this is a week Cano could stuff the stat sheet.
Cano is once again off to a tremendous start, batting .311 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIâ€™s.
Itâ€™s not like the pitching staffs Cano will be facing are all that imposing. Cano will start the week with a doubleheader against the Indians (Trevor Bauer and Justin Masterson) on the road before coming home to take on the Mariners (Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Aaron Harang) and the Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey and TBA).
Hector Santiago: Chicago White Sox
After going toe-to-toe with the Metsâ€™ Matt Harvey and pitching a gem (7 IP, 4 hits, 2 walks and 8 kâ€™s), Santiago has been a hot pickup off the wire.
Although the eventual return of John Danks to the staff could affect him, as of now Santiago is slated to pitch twice on the road (at Minnesota and at Los Angeles Angels). His upside and two potential starts make him a worthy start this week.
Joe Mauer: Minnesota Twins
While he may not go yard often, Mauer is still a doubles machine.
Mauer has been on fire of late, going 17-32 in his last eight games with 10 doubles, five RBIâ€™s and 10 runs scored.
This week Mauer and the Twins will take on the White Sox (Hector Santiago, Jake Peavy and Dylan Axelrod) and the Red Sox (Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster and John Lackey) at home.
Matt Moore: Tampa Bay Rays
It looks like Moore is finally putting it all together this season.
Thus far, Moore has been fabulous while sporting a 6-0 record to go with a 2.14 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
With two starts (vs. Boston, @Baltimore) this week, Moore is a pitcher who could carry fantasy teams.
Marco Scutaro: San Francisco Giants
Last yearâ€™s World Series hero is starting to get it in gear and has been scorching at the plate of late. In his last seven games, Scutaro is 14-30 with a home run and five RBIâ€™s.
With this hot streak, Scutaro can safely be penciled into lineups without hesitation. This week Scutaro and the Giants will be on the road against Toronto (R.A. Dickey and Brandon Â Morrow) and Colorado (Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa, Juan Nicasio and Jeff Francis).
Paul Goldschmidt: Arizona Diamondbacks
We all knew that Goldschmidt can slug with the best of them and heâ€™s done nothing this year to disprove that. So far, Goldschmidt is batting .304 while being among the league leaders in home runs (tied for fourth in NL with nine) and RBIâ€™s (second with 30 driven in).
Goldschmidt will look to continue his hot streak with matchups against the Braves (Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Tim Hudson) at home before ending the week in Miami (Kevin Slowey, Tom Koehler and Ricky Nolasco).
Jordan Zimmermann: Washington Nationals
With all the attention Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez receive, it is actually Zimmermann who has been the most effective and consistent pitcher for the Nationals this year.
Zimmermann has been awesome all year and is 6-0 with a miniscule 1.58 ERA and 0.823 WHIP.
Much like Moore, Zimmerman should be able to carry his owners with two starts. Albeit they are on the road (Dodgers and the Padres), but Zimmerman is too hot to even think of sitting.
Chris Tillman: Baltimore Orioles
Tillman is yet another young pitcher who seems to be rounding into form.
In his last four starts, Tillman has pitched 26.2 innings while allowing only six earned runs. As a result of this current hot streak, Tillman has been scooped up in many leagues.
With two good starts (vs. San Diego and Tampa Bay) at home on the docket, this might be the week to roll the dice on Tillman.
Dee Gordon: Los Angeles Dodgers
Gordon has been another hot name on the waiver wire for the last week or so. After being activated on May 4, Gordon has been causing havoc on the base paths with four stolen bases in his first eight games back.
Gordon has been more selective at the plate and Don Mattingly will ride him as long as he can. For those in need of speed, Gordon is a must-add.
Gordon will like to keep it going, but with matchups against the Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler) at home before heading to Atlanta (Paul Maholm, Kris Medlen and Mike Minor) to end the week, Gordon could find it hard getting on base.
Jake Westbrook: St. Louis Cardinals
To the shock of many, Westbrook has been getting results despite evidence that a slide back to mediocrity Â may be heading his way. His ERA is a sterling 1.62, but his WHIP (1.46) and xFIP (4.43) scream regression.
If Westbrook can get through his two starts (vs. Mets and Brewers) at home this week, maybe we can be begin to start trusting him. However, be very cautious in handling Westbrook.
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