Fantasy Baseball: Who’s Hot, 6/3/14: King Felix Continues Dominating
Felix Hernandez: SP, Seattle Mariners (FanDuel Price: $10,800)
Starts: 2 IP: 15.2 W: 2 K: 17 ERA: 1.72 WHIP: 0.89
Felix Hernandez is normally in the AL Cy Young discussion every year, but has been a victim of no run support. The right-hander has won more than 14 games once in his career, despite owning a 3.17 ERA in 10 seasons. He’s poised to change that in 2014, as he’s currently 8-1 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 91 innings pitched. He’s been even more dominant lately, coming within an out of a complete game on May 28 against the Los Angeles Angles, while holding the New York Yankees to two runs over seven innings on the road.
Devin Mesoraco: C, Cincinnati Reds (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
H/AB: 5/18 R: 3 HR: 3 RBI: 7 Avg: .278
Devin Mesoraco has quietly taken a huge step forward with the Reds, becoming one of the most productive catchers in baseball. When making contact this past week, 60 percent of his base hits left the ball park. He now has eight home runs and 25 RBI to go with an impressive .351/.396/.680 line in 97 at-bats. He has a .731 slugging percentage in front of the home fans at Great American Ballpark, and the Reds begin a 10-game homestand tonight. This is the best week to get behind the power in his bat.
Xander Bogaerts: SS, Boston Red Sox (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
H/AB: 13/31 R: 6 HR: 1 RBI: 4 Avg: .419
Stephen Drew is back in the majors, which will now push Xander Bogaerts to third base most of the time. A rough spring training hasn’t slowed his regular season production, and a shift away from shortstop shouldn’t be a problem, either. His hot week pushed his season numbers to .300/.391/.443 with four home runs and 15 RBI. He also collected four doubles, the most of anyone at shortstop. With the added offensive protection from Drew and Boston playing well, he should continue raking.
Kyle Seager: 3B, Seattle Mariners (FanDuel Price:$3,000)
H/AB: 12/28 R: 6 HR: 3 RBI: 7 Avg: .429
Kyle Seager was a big reason why the Mariners routed the Yankees on Monday. He collected four hits (one home run) with three RBI and three runs scored. That’s just one part of his hot streak, which can be seen above. The third baseman is expected to provide protection for prized offseason acquisition, Robinson Cano, and he’s done a good job. Through 195 at-bats, Seager is hitting .272/.355/.503 with nine home runs and 36 RBI. Amazingly, eight of his nine bombs have come at Safeco Field, so don’t be scared to use him when Seattle is at home.
Nelson Cruz: OF, Baltimore Orioles (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
H/AB: 9/17 R: 5 HR: 4 RBI: 7 Avg: .529
Nelson Cruz exited Sunday’s game early after getting hit on the hand with a pitch, but he’s expected to be in the lineup Tuesday. The Orioles are set to begin a three-game set against Cruz’s former team, the Texas Rangers, in Arlington. He’ll surely have some extra motivation after they decided to not pursue him for a multi-year deal last winter. He’s responded with Baltimore, leading all of baseball with 20 home runs and 52 RBI. He hasn’t been just a power threat, though. He currently owns a .314 batting average and .384 on-base percentage. He’s expensive, but with Joe Saunders on the hill for Texas and Cruz’s .865 slugging percentage against left-handers this season, he’s worth it.
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