Something tells me Al Gore would be a great fantasy sports guru, or at least an entertaining one. I’m sure Harold Reynolds, Steve Phillips and the creators of the Verducci and Mass Effect would welcome Al with open arms as he introduced his revolutionary book, “A Convenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It in Fantasy Sports”. I’m sure the “inventor of the internet” would fit in well with the rest of these wankers. I’d love to have Al in a H2H league and see his Sunday night win turn into a Monday morning loss after Yahoo did a recount (preferably from a Marlins/Rays interleague game stat correction). OK, enough about Al Gore, let’s talk about some hitters who are heating up with the weather.
Alexei Ramírez probably doesn’t like cold weather. I don’t think it snows in Cuba. In his three seasons, he hasn’t had a good month of April (.205 career April AVG). Other than September of 2008, he has hit above .280 in every single month not named April. It’s fair to say, Alexei is a warm weather hitter. This month, Alexei is hitting .270 and he is coming on strong (.353 in past ten games). The 56% owned Ramírez has averaged a .282/18/14 line the past two seasons and is a sure bet to repeat those numbers. He is begging Soto Mojo and others to add him.
Luke Scott is currently owned in only 28% of Yahoo! leagues? Since May 8th, Luke Scottwalker has light sabre’d a .415 AVG (22 for 53) with 6 HR. In that time he is ranked as the 6th best hitter in fantasy baseball behind José Bautista, Jason Bay, Joey Votto, Vlad Guerrero and Álex Ríos. Scott has been known to put up numbers in bunches (.432 with 8 HR in May ’09, .333 with 8 HR in June of ’08) so get in while the gettin’ is good. Scott hits RHP better than Lefties, but I’d play him against just about anyone right now.
Since April 24th, Cody Ross has raised his Batting AVG from .225 up to 308. Lately, he has been on fire, hitting .452 in his past 8 games. In the past two weeks, Baseball Monster has him ranked as the 9th best OF. Ross is another player who puts up numbers in bunches, so ride the streak while it continues. For what it’s worth, May and Sept. seem to be his best months and he fares better vs Left Handed Pitching. Ross is currently owned in 36% of Yahoo! leagues.
Travis Hafner has disappointed everyone since his 42 HR season in 2006, but you have to check out his game log. He was working with a 12 game hit streak (snapped today with a 0/0, BB, RBI game) with multi-hit performances peppered throughout. Since May 4th, Hafner has hit .393 (24 for 61). Hafner may sit when CLE plays against a Left Handed Pitcher and can only be played at your UT spot, but the 4% owned DH is ready to be universally owned once again. Just don’t expect 42 Home Runs.
more Hot Streaking Hitters owned in less than 60% of Yahoo! leagues
59% Mike Napoli .328 AVG, 7 HR, SB since May 3rd
56% Adam LaRoche .372 AVG, 3 HR since May 12th
47% Casey Blake .440 AVG, 3 HR since May 18th
40% Corey Hart .300 AVG, 6 HR since May 15th
39% Cristian Guzmán .435 AVG since May 2nd
28% Brennan Boesch .343 AVG, 4 HR, SB since April 23rd
26% Jhonny Peralta .305 AVG, HR since May 12th
17% Edwin Encarnación .292 AVG, 6 HR since May 18th
17% Jonny Gomes .375 AVG, 4 HR, SB since May 5th
15% Drew Stubbs .256 AVG, 4 HR, 7 SB since April 28th
11% Cameron Maybin .275 AVG, 3 HR since May 14th
8% Eric Hinske (1B, 3B, OF) .419 AVG, 4 HR since May 8th
8% Ángel Pagán .343 AVG, 2 HR, 3 SB since May 5th
6% Gaby Sánchez .293 AVG, 3 HR, SB since May 2nd
6% Jeff Keppinger (SS, 2B, 3B) .316 AVG, SB since May 1st
6% David Eckstein .391 AVG, 3 SB since May 7th
4% Andrés Torres .340 AVG, 2 HR, 3 SB since May 9th
2% Corey Patterson .288 AVG, 2 HR, 4 SB since May 12th
2% Mike Sweeney .433 AVG, 5 HR, SB since May 13th
1% Roger Bernadina .305 AVG, 2 HR, SB since May 4th
0% Mark Kotsay .382 AVG, 2 HR, SB since May 14th
* all hot streaking stats provided by BaseballMonster.com