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May 11, 2014 posted by Chuck Anderson

2014 Fantasy Baseball Memoirs From the Platoon: May 12 – May 18

2014 Fantasy Baseball Memoirs From the Platoon:  May 12 – May 18
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This marks the second week a group of 2014 leaders are added to the player selections.  Some early surgers are included with as many returning “favorites”.  Through barely more than a month small sample sizes abound.  Notes on all the newcomers indicate the expected stability of the early numbers.

 

Top Batters vs. RHP

 

Adam Lind:  5/13 vs. Danny Salazar, 5/14 vs. Justin Masterson, 5/15 vs. Corey Kluber, 5/18 @ Colby Lewis

**His back has healed up and there are some appealing matchups this week.

 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia:  5/12 @ Dan Haren, 5/13 @ Josh Beckett, 5/15 @ Matt Cain, 5/16 @ Tim Hudson, 5/17 @ Tim Lincecum, 5/18 @ Ryan Vogelsong

 

Adam LaRoche:  5/12 @ Josh Collmenter, 5/13 @ Bronson Arroyo, 5/14 @ Brandon McCarthy, 5/17 vs. Bartolo Colon, 5/18 vs. Zack Wheeler

**In the midst of a bounceback year his wOBA is .085 higher than his 2013 mark.  Helping that is a .421 average vs. RHP with a 0.94 BB/K backing it up.  With a solid run of matchups he is the Pick of the Week.

 

Matt Joyce:  5/12 @ Felix Hernandez, 5/13 @ Hisashi Iwakuma, 5/14 @ Brandon Maurer, 5/16 @ Jered Weaver

 

Dayan Viciedo:  5/12 @ Jesse Chavez, 5/16 @ Collin McHugh, 5/17 @ Jarred Cosart, 5/18 @ Brad Peacock

**Doubtful he lasts on this list.  For one thing he hits from the right side.  0.35 BB/K, .391 BABIP.  The numbers point to overall hitting improvement, but not to gaining power.

 

Brandon Moss:  5/13 vs. Scott Carroll, 5/14 vs. Andre Rienzo, 5/16 @ Zach McAllister, 5/17 @ Josh Tomlin, 5/18 @ Danny Salazar

 

Christian Yelich: 5/12 @ Dan Haren, 5/13 @ Josh Beckett, 5/15 @ Matt Cain, 5/16 @ Tim Hudson, 5/17 @ Tim Lincecum, 5/18 @ Ryan Vogelsong

 

Andre Ethier:  5/12 vs. Tom Koehler, 5/13 vs. Jacob Turner, 5/14 vs. Jose Fernandez, 5/17 @ Josh Collmenter, 5/18 @ Bronson Arroyo

**Mattingly’s latest statements anoint Kemp and Puig as everyday starters, squeezing Ethier’s playing time.  Check daily lineups before using.

 

Top Batters vs. LHP

 

Scott Van Slyke:  5/16 @ Wade Miley

**Based on the news for Ethier, Van Slyke’s playing time is also in jeopardy

 

Brandon Crawford:  5/13 vs. Mike Minor

**Another dubious inclusion.  He has a .448 BABIP but only 15.6% line drive rate.  On the positive side he is not hitting popups and sports a 0.86 BB/K.

 

Xander Bogaerts:  5/17 vs. Robbie Ray

 

Marlon Byrd:  None

**Still not a fan, but must acknowledge his 187 wRC+ vs. RHP.  It comes on the back of a .455 BABIP and 0.38 BB/K.

 

Mike Olt:  5/12 @ Tyler Lyons

**Impressively he is getting his production with a .118 BABIP.  His ISO against lefties is .429.

 

Norichika Aoki:  5/13 vs. Jorge de la Rosa, 5/14 vs. Franklin Morales

**Another same side overachiever, his splits show a .407 BABIP and 1.00 BB/K.  His power and speed numbers are declining across the board making him a less desirable fantasy asset.

 

Alfonso Soriano:  5/17 vs. Wandy Rodriguez

 

Cody Ross:  5/17 vs. Clayton Kershaw

**This does not represent a good opportunity

 

Jed Lowrie:  5/12 vs. John Danks

 

Nick Swisher:  5/15 @ J.A. Happ, 5/17 @ Scott Kazmir

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