Diamond Dandies: Week 8
By Brian Rothstein
P, Detroit Tigers (ID 105, $22.5)
The Tigers pitching staff has been leading our scoring pretty much all season. Boston has surpassed them for the league lead in SO, but Detroit should claim the top spot at the end of the season. Their staff misses bats at an extremely high rate, almost 10 K/9. Detroit has struggled in May, going 8-9 with a 4.12 ERA, but I like the way their schedule shapes up with the Twins and Pirates on the docket. Verlander also makes 2 starts and I expect him to bounce back in a big way after the worst start of his career.
C, Joe Mauer (ID 202, $9.2)
Mauer had his 15 game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, but he’s been on fire. In May, the Twinkies catcher is batting .426 with 12 doubles. The Twins have a 4 game set in Detroit where Mauer is a .315 career hitter. He has one of the sweetest swings in the game and I see no reason not to ride him while he’s hot.
B1, Chris Davis (ID 324, $8.2)
I really want to put Paul Goldschmidt here because you all know what a Goldy fanboy I am. Nevertheless, I’m going with Chris Davis this week. He’s cooled off from his Ruthian start to the season, but his average has surprisingly remained over .300. The Orioles have 4 games against the Blue Jays 29th ranked pitching staff. Sounds nice, right? But wait, there’s more. In Toronto, Davis is a career .373 hitter with a .686 SLG%. I expect a few balls to fly out of the Rogers Centre.
B2, Jason Kipnis (ID 408, $8.0)
I think I’ll show a fellow ASU Sun Devil some love this week. Kipnis has been straight killing it in the month of May, batting .314 with 14 XBH and 20 RBI. He’s certainly put his slow start to the season behind him, and is helping the surprising Indians stay atop the AL Central. Kipnis has a great all around game with his ability to steal bases. With 4 games in Boston, I think he can certainly yank a few inside the short porch in right field.
B3, Miguel Cabrera (ID 501, $12.0)
Two words: 7 games. Don’t think about anything, don’t look at the schedule, just put him in your lineup. You’ll be happy you did.
S, Jean Segura (ID 619, $7.0)
I’m going to pick Segura even though he only has 6 games this week. The Brewers young shortstop leads the position in fantasy points. In the real world, Segura is 2nd in the majors in BA to only Miguel Cabrera, batting a scorching .364. He has great speed, as evidenced by his 14 SB, and also nice pop for a little guy, with 17 XBH. Going with Segura also helps save a little bit of salary for my outfield.
O, Adam Jones (ID 709, $10.7)
Jones is 4th among all outfielders in BA and 2nd in RBI. After breaking out last year, Jones is showing that his 2012 campaign was no fluke. He only has 6 HR after belting 32 last year, but the power will be there. I think it will show up this week in Toronto, where the Jays have allowed the 3rd most HR at home. He’ll have 4 games against their wretched pitching staff to do some damage.
O, Alex Gordon (ID 718, $9.8)
Gordon has been en fuego all year, leading all outfielders in BA at .343. He’s been even better lately, hitting safely in 14 of 16 games with 9 multi-hit efforts in May. 4 games against the Angels, whose staff has been almost as crappy as Toronto’s, bodes well for Gordon. The two games against the Cardinals and their major league leading ERA look scary, but Gordon is a lifetime .354 hitter versus St. Louis. Crisis averted. I’ll take Gordon this week.
O, Starling Marte (ID 817, $6.8)
The Pirates may have found another star to play alongside Andrew McCutchen. Marte is a major reason why the Pirates are near the top of the NL Central. He ranks 4th among all outfielders in fantasy points and is the cheapest option in the top 10. Pittsburgh plays at Miller Park this weekend where the Brewers have the worst home ERA and allow the most home HR in the NL.
Flex, Eric Young Jr. (ID 792, $4.6)
The options are limited here because I have to go pretty cheap. Young has some upside though. With Michael Cuddyer on the DL, Young has been seeing regular at-bats atop the potent Rockies lineup. He hasn’t really found his stroke yet, but hopefully he can find his groove with some regular playing time. 2 games against Houston at the tail end of the week can’t hurt either.