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Soxman’s Fantasy Baseball Weekly Insider
 

Ok, the Cubs have swept the White Sox and my fantasy baseball team is now under .500 (35-37), for the first time in the 12-year history of me playing this game.  What more could go wrong?  How about Carlos Zambrano going on the DL?  Alas, we take a look at this week’s fantasy picture.
 
Sizzlers
 
Jermaine Dye
At least there is something HOT associated with the White Sox this week.  Jermaine Dye has 5 homers and 13 RBI over the past 7 days.  He’s performed well against the Cubs throughout his career and has a three-game series at home against them this weekend.
 
Prince Fielder
After a slow start “the Prince” of the Brewers is red hot, hitting .364 and belting 5 homers this past week.
 
Mark Teixeira
Would have made the fizzler list if not for his monster game yesterday, .750, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3.750 OPS!  June is also his month to heat it up.
 
Justin Verlander
Verlander is 2-0 in his last three starts with a 1.48 ERA and one complete game. He is starting to once again look like the Cy Young pitcher that he was believed to be going into the season.
 
Andy Pettitte
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP is his past two starts.  He could give your team a “shot in the posterior.”
 
Justin Duchscherer
Insane numbers on the year.  In 4 starts, he has a 1.53 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.
 
 
Fizzlers
 
Jason Varitek
Over the last 21 days Varitek is hitting .104, 1HR, 4 RBI, 340 OPS.
 
Adam Dunn
.111, 0HR, 0 RBI over the past 14 days.
 
Pat Burrell
.143, 0HR, 0 RBI over the past 7 days.

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Carlos Marmol
11.25 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP in his last 6 appearances.
 
Javier Vazquez
6.94 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP over his last 4 starts.
 
Jose Contreras
A 10.13 ERA and a 2.19 WHIP in his last 3 starts.
 
Can anyone tell why the Sox are slumping?
 

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Sleepers
 
These players are still not owned in many leagues, yet they are out-performing many superstars.  Consider riding their streak while you can.
 
Jeff Baker
Has been starting at 2B for the Rockies; also qualifies at 1B and OF in most leagues.  He has hit .435 with 4 HR in the past week.
 
Marcus Thames
Thames is a streaky slugger who can go on tears from time to time.  A .282, 9 HR, 13 RBI, 1.256 OPS over the last 14 days says that now is one of those times.
 
Seth McClung
Desperate for starting pitching, I’m riding McClung until Big Z comes back from the DL.  The once “closer-in-waiting” seems to have found a groove with the Brewers, posting 2.89 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over his last three starts.  The Brewers offense is also starting to sizzle.
 
Jeremy Reed
The once “crown jewel” of the White Sox farm system failed in his first full-time audition with the Mariners, but has been on fire in his second chance, hitting .409, 1 HR, 1.072 OPS over the last 14 days.
 
DL Watch
 
Carlos Zambrano
Should only miss two starts.
 
Paul Konerko
Going to take BP this weekend.  Hopefully this DL stint heats him up.
 
Eric Gagne
Gagne is 1-2 with a 6.98 ERA in 20 games. Gagne has a chance to close again, but it might not happen right a way.

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Curt Schilling
Should be dropped in all leagues.  His entire career may be over.
 

Double Dipping
 
In leagues that benefit from two-start pitchers, here are the best bets for the week:
 
Mark Buehrle
(Dodgers & Cubs) After posting a 4.97 ERA in May, Buehrle is 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in June. Owners BEWARE: he holds a 5.10 career ERA against the Cubs.
 
Others:
 
Ben Sheets (Braves and Twins)
Johan Santana (Mariners and Yankees)
Josh Beckett (Diamondbacks and Astros)
Felix Hernandez (Mets and Padres)
Jake Peavy (Twins and Mariners)
John Lackey (Nationals and Dodgers)
Sean Marcum (Reds and Braves)

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  1. seymourpennants says

    “Can anyone tell why the Sox are slumping?”

    Cause they SUCK!

  2. paulmbanks says

    You gotta love the greeting card I threw in there

  3. Cano's Cards says

    I gotta say, Salomon Torres has been a HUGE pick-up for me… I should go buy his Donruss rookie card…

  4. Hamburglar says

    Robble Robble

    Dye 16 game hit streak at Wrigley.

    Dye= 3rd to last now

    Robble Robble

  5. paulmbanks says

    Soxman is a dynasty league too. so he acutally knows a ton about minor league and amateaur baseball too

  6. Yeah if anyone needs to know about minor league rookies to watch feel free to shoot a question to thesportsbank!

  7. Jason Moe says

    Is maybin going to come up to the Marlins soon?

    Eric Byrnes is killing me right now, I now he just came of the DL, but he just went 0-5 last night and I hear is legs are still bad..

    Griffey is sucking Cock, Milton Bradly is Day to Day….Coco Crisp has a hurt wrist…Thank God for Jose Guillen…

  8. Maybin could be a post all-star call-up, especially if someone in the play-off hunt will take a veteran like Luis Gonzales to add dpeth to the bench. He might not have a huge impact this year.

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