This should be a busy week of baseball as all 30 major league clubs will have a full slate of games with all teams taking part in inter-league match-ups to begin the week.
There will no shortage of options to start and with many hitters streaking. This could be an interesting week to watch.
Here are the hot, the trending and the most interesting players to watch for the upcoming week.
Miguel Cabrera: Detroit Tigers
What can Miguel Cabrera do for an encore?
Well, how about challenge for a second consecutive Triple Crown?
Cabrera has been scorching hot of late, going 12 for 26 in his last seven games with six home runs and 15 RBIâ€™s. Thus far on the season, Cabrera leads the AL in batting average (.385) and RBIâ€™s (57) and is second in home runs with 14.
Cabrera will look to keep it going with four matchups (home and road) with the Pirates (Francisco Liriano, Jeanmar Gomez, A.J. Burnett and Jeff Locke) before ending their week with a series at Baltimore (Miguel Gonzalez, Jason Hammel and Kevin Gausman).
Hyun-Jin Ryu: Los Angeles Dodgers
Ryu is raising a few eyebrows this year and in the process he has turned himself into a reliable mixed-league start.
Ryu is 5-2 with a solid 3.30 ERA and 8.6 K/9 ratio. Ryu has adjusted fairly well in his transition to the big leagues and he should be a great two-start pitcher to trust this week. Heâ€™ll take on the Angels at home before facing the Rockies on the road.
Mike Trout: Los Angeles Angels
Trout is starting to really get it in gear the last couple of weeks after a so-so start.
Trout is the first player this year to accumulate at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases. Trout is now 12-26 in his last six games with two home runs, seven RBIâ€™s and four stolen bases.
Trout and his Angel teammates will take on the Dodgers (Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly) for a home-and-home series before ending the week with a three-game set at home against the Astros (Dallas Keuchel, Bud Norris and Jordan Lyles).
Jose Fernandez: Miami Marlins
Although he is only 20-years old, Fernandez is showing a lot of composure in his rookie season with the Marlins.
While he is being treated with kid gloves and is on a pitch count, Fernandez has been effective nonetheless and is 2-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
With two good match-ups (@Tampa Bay, vs. Mets), Fernandez is a pitcher worth rolling with this week.
Norichika Aoki: Milwaukee Brewers
Poor Norichika Aoki. All he does is produce and yet he hardly gets the recognition he deserves.
Aoki is delivering across the board. He is batting .314 with four home runs, 27 runs scored and six stolen bases.
Aoki and the Brewers will take on the Twins (Kevin Correia, Scott Diamond, Samuel Deduno and P.J. Walters) for a home-and-home series before ending the week in Philadelphia (Cole Hamels, Tyler Cloyd and Cliff Lee).
Kevin Gausman: Baltimore Orioles
The call-up of Oriolesâ€™ pitching prospect Kevin Gausman has been generating a lot of buzz this week.
He wasnâ€™t stellar in his first start (5 IP and four earned runs allowed on seven hits and two walls), but that hasnâ€™t stopped many owners from scooping him up.
With starts at Washington and home against Detroit, Gausman makes a for a decent play this week. If Gausman does well his value can only increase.
Brandon Phillips: Cincinnati Reds
Phillips has been surging of late, going 8-27 in his last seven games. Phillips has been an RBI machine this year and his 42 lead the National League.
Phillips should be in line for a solid week with home and road match-ups against the Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez, Zach McAllister, Justin Masterson and Scott Kazmir) and then finishing the week with the Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano and Jeanmar Gomez) on the road.
Francisco Liriano: Pittsburgh Pirates
Francisco Liriano is the latest reclamation project Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has turned around and the results so far have been magnificent.
In three starts this year, Liriano is 3-0 with a stellar 1.00 ERA while racking up 25 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.
Can Liriano keep it going? We all know Liriano can put together a few good starts, but he has never been one for consistency.
With two tough match-ups (@Detroit, vs. Cincinnati), Liriano will be under a microscope this week. He could earn your full trust if he comes out of the week unscathed.
Everth Cabrera: San Diego Padres
Looking for help at shortstop? Then you should take notice of how well Everth Cabrera is playing of late.
In his last seven games, Cabrera is 9-28 with two home runs, seven RBIâ€™s, seven runs and four stolen bases. This has made Cabrera a hot name of the waiver wire in head-to-head leagues. Cabrera has already became a staple in rotisserie leagues by leading the major leagues with 19 stolen bases.
Cabrera and the Padres will start the week with a home-and-home series with the Mariners (Aaron Harang, Brandon Maurer, Joe Saunders and Felix Hernandez) before welcoming Toronto (Chad Jenkins, Mark Buehrle and Brandon Morrow) to San Diego.
Jered Weaver: Los Angeles Angels
Weaver is set to return to the mound this week after seven weeks on the DL with a broken elbow.
While his return should be a welcome sight to the owners who had to stash him on the DL, this may be a week to see what Weaver looks like before inserting him back into lineups.
With only one start (Wednesday vs. Dodgers) this week and with many other viable two-start options to choose from, this is perhaps the time to sit Weaver.
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