As the heat of August begins to subside and leaves begin to fall, the baseball season begins to hit the homestretch. Races for the pennant and wildcard tighten as teams attempt to catch a hot streak. Whether you are in a head-to-head or rotisserie league, it is also crunch time. Over the last week, the Sharks team performed well statistically yet still struggled to climb the rankings. Currently, we sit in fifth place, which is relatively satisfying considering the team floating between the four and eight spots this week. Despite a minor backslide over the last few weeks; we sit a mere 3.5 points out of third place. First and second place seem out of sight, but there is a glimpse of hope with several weeks of baseball remaining.
The bats and arms both performed well week. Take a dive with me as we review several key performances from my team for players you may also own or be targeting.
Juan Pierre– With Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence being shipped out of Philadelphia before the trade deadline would seem to tee up Juan Pierre for secure playing time. Unfortunately, Pierre is still not a must-start with the Phils trying several other outfielders including Domonic Brown, John Mayberry, and Nate Schierholtz. With that being said, Pierre earned owners three stolen bases last week which may be the difference in climbing a spot or winning in head to head. Keep an eye on his playing time as the veteran can still provide value.
Derek Jeter– The Yankee captain started the year on fire and continues to play at an extremely high level. Jeter batted .448 over the last week with two homeruns, eight runs, and a steal. New York’s offense continues to fire on all cylinders, therefore, Jeter should continue to be started every game.
Jeremy Guthrie– It seems strange placing Jeremy Guthrie on this list as the right-hander has posted very satisfactory numbers including a losing record every season since 2008. Regardless, Guthrie is pitching well enough for fantasy owners to take notice, especially in deep leagues. He has not allowed a run in his last three starts while earning two wins and at least five strikeouts. Don’t bank on this success continuing, but treat Guthrie as a spot starter for now.
Good luck this week!